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Quinoa & Black Bean Stuffed Peppers

If you're thinking about a meatless meal, give these no-fuss peppers a try. They come together with just a few ingredients and put a tasty spin on a low-fat dinner! —Cindy Reams, Philipsburg, PA
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 4 large green peppers
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) chunky salsa, divided
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided


  • Preheat oven to 400°. In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add quinoa. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until water is absorbed, 10-12 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cut and discard tops from peppers; remove seeds. Place in a greased 8-in. square baking dish, cut side down. Microwave, uncovered, on high until crisp-tender, 3-4 minutes. Turn peppers cut side up.
  • Reserve 1/3 cup salsa; add remaining salsa to quinoa. Stir in beans, ricotta cheese and 1/4 cup Monterey Jack cheese. Spoon mixture into peppers; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, until filling is heated through, 10-15 minutes. Top with reserved salsa.
Nutrition Facts
1 stuffed pepper: 393 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 774mg sodium, 59g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 10g fiber), 18g protein.

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  • LuauGirl
    Dec 29, 2018

    I was excited to try a new, healthier stuffed green pepper but was not impressed by these.

  • tammycookblogsbooks
    Feb 19, 2017

    I had a late crop of green peppers from my garden and they were perfect for this recipe. I used a quinoa blend and replaced the ricotta cheese with cottage cheese, like I usually do for recipes. This dish tasted really good. It got a thumbs up from everyone.

  • chris_giles18
    Dec 8, 2015

    I have been trying to find meatless entrees for dinner once a week. I really enjoyed this and didn't miss the meat, but my meat-loving husband was not impressed.

  • ahmom
    Nov 23, 2015

    MMMM good!