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Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers with Squash and Cranberries

November 23, 2016
Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers with Butternut Squash, Cranberries, and sage (vegan, GF) I totally love this recipe! Perfect for fall, comforting, hearty, and filling. | thehealthfulideas.com

It’s Thanksgiving Day tomorrow!! Okay, to tell you the truth, I actually don’t care about that because we don’t celebrate it here and I’ve never experienced it anywhere else. BUT if you do celebrate Thanksgiving and are looking for a very last minute recipe, you’ll love these Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers! There’s a good chance you already have all the ingredients in your kitchen!

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Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers with Butternut Squash, Cranberries, and sage (vegan, GF) I totally love this recipe! Perfect for fall, comforting, hearty, and filling. | thehealthfulideas.com

I only now realize that the cranberries in the filling totally look like red currants! I actually used wild cranberries which are much smaller than regular cranberries and probably more nutritious as all wild food is (I have no idea if you have these in America). They’re delicious and I absolutely love them. I really like adding wild fruits into my diet. My all time favorite are of course wild blueberries along with wild strawberries. The downside of liking wild fruit so much is that you literally have to either go pick them yourself into the woods or buy them from a small vendor but they’re not sold in regular grocery stores because they only grow in the wild. Wild strawberries are especially hard to find so eating them is a big occasion (at least for me — you’re probably thinking I’m just a crazy person freaking out about wild foods). You can totally use regular cranberries in this recipe but if you’re able to find wild cranberries, more power to you!

Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers with Butternut Squash, Cranberries, and sage (vegan, GF) I totally love this recipe! Perfect for fall, comforting, hearty, and filling. | thehealthfulideas.comQuinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers with Butternut Squash, Cranberries, and sage (vegan, GF) I totally love this recipe! Perfect for fall, comforting, hearty, and filling. | thehealthfulideas.com

If you haven’t read anyof my latest posts and you’re wondering why I’m posting on Wednesday and not on Thursday — I’ve changed my posting schedule from one post a week on Thursday to two posts a week on Monday and Thursday to eventually THREE posts a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday! I’m going to be posting three recipes a week all December and then I’m probably going to go back to two recipes a week in January (it all depends on how busy I am with my day job by then). So there’s loads of deliciousness coming your way in the upcoming weeks!! ;)

Okay, now let’s talk more about these Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers.

Well, they’re amazing — that’s the first thing you should know. I’ve never actually made stuffed bell peppers before and I can say these were love at first bite. They’re a bit more time consuming but it still is an easy recipe! It’s literally just about cooking the quinoa, the butternut squash, and the peppers and then mixing together the quinoa, squash, baby spinach, cranberries, and seasoning and then stuffing the peppers with it! I roast the peppers before stuffing them even though I put them back into the oven again once stuffed. That way they’re soft and easy to eat.

The cranberries and the butternut squash give the dish an awesome autumn feel and the spices bring it to perfection. I added allspice, cloves, cumin, and nutmeg and when it all comes together with the veggies, sage, and feta cheese (which can be easily omitted to keep it vegan), it’s absolutely scrumptious and bursting with flavor.

On a completely different note, the white plate I served these quinoa stuffed bell peppers on is giving me major Medditerantian feels. Right??! Maybe it’s the feta or the peppers but it looks really appropriate for a fall meal by the sea somewhere in Greece or Italy or something. Let’s all make this dish and pretend we’re eating it in Greece. Yep, I’m going to do just that.

Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers with Butternut Squash, Cranberries, and sage (vegan, GF) I totally love this recipe! Perfect for fall, comforting, hearty, and filling. | thehealthfulideas.comQuinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers with Butternut Squash, Cranberries, and sage (vegan, GF) I totally love this recipe! Perfect for fall, comforting, hearty, and filling. | thehealthfulideas.com

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Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers with Squash and Cranberries
 
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 3-5
Ingredients
  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • ½ butternut squash (or whole if it's small, 4 cups when chopped), diced into bite-sized pieces
  • ½ tsp coconut oil, melted
  • sea salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp (+ 1 tbsp more for later) chopped fresh sage leaves

  • ½ tsp coconut oil
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups tightly packed baby spinach
  • ⅛ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp allspice
  • ⅛ tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme (or ½ tsp dried)
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 cup cranberries (I used wild cranberries but you can use regular ones)
  • handful crumbled feta cheese (optional)
  • 6-7 bell pepper, cut in half lengthwise, seeds removed
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 200C (392F).
  2. Put the diced squash on a baking tray lined with baking paper, drizzle with the oil and mix. Season with salt and pepper and add the chopped sage. Mix again to evenly coat.
  3. Roast the squash for 30 minutes or until tender. The cooking time can vary depending on how small you diced the squash.
  4. While that's roasting, cook the quinoa according to package instructions. Set aside.
  5. Heat about ½ tsp of coconut oil in a big pan over medium-high heat. When hot add the chopped onion and saute for 4-5 minutes, then add the garlic and saute for 1 more minute until fragrant. Lower the heat and add the spinach. Cook for a couple minutes just to wilt it down.
  6. Turn the heat off and add the quinoa and all the spices including the tamari and maple syrup and mix to coat everything well.
  7. Stir in the cranberries and the feta if using.
  8. If the squash is done, fold it in the quinoa filling.
  9. Roast the bell peppers upside down in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. You can brush them with a little bit of coconut oil before cooking.
  10. Flip them and stuff with the quinoa filling.
  11. Roast the stuffed peppers in the oven for 7-10 minutes. You can turn on the broiler for the last 5 minutes making sure not to burn them.
  12. Serve alone or with a salad, roasted sweet potatoes, or anything else you want to feast on.

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17 Comments

  • Reply Megan November 24, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Wow these look amazing – and as always, your pictures are stunning! I need to try this one.

    • thehealthfulideas
      Reply thehealthfulideas November 24, 2016 at 9:19 pm

      You’re too sweet, thank you so much! :)

  • Reply Amber December 16, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Yumm these look delicious and healthy! Your recipes are so easy and straight forward. Perfect for beginners like me!!

    Xoxo Amber

    • thehealthfulideas
      Reply thehealthfulideas December 16, 2016 at 3:25 pm

      Thank you, Amber! I’m happy you like them :)

  • Reply candy December 16, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Just purchased some quinoa and making these stuffed peppers would be the perfect side dish to go with the fish I plan on making.

    • thehealthfulideas
      Reply thehealthfulideas December 16, 2016 at 3:26 pm

      That sounds like a really delicious combo! Can I please come over? haha

  • Reply Leighann December 16, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    First off, I have to say, that these flat out look pretty! But also, I LOVE stuffed peppers and don’t often see recipes for them, so thanks for sharing!

    • thehealthfulideas
      Reply thehealthfulideas December 17, 2016 at 8:54 pm

      Thank you, Leighann! I’m glad you like them :)

  • Reply Amanda | The Golden Girl Diary December 16, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Stuffed peppers are so good and these look even better! So yummy!

    xo, Amanda | http://www.thegoldengirldiary.com

    • thehealthfulideas
      Reply thehealthfulideas December 17, 2016 at 8:54 pm

      Thanks so much, Amanda! :)

  • Reply Aditi SIngh December 17, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    I just love stuffed peppers. Stuff a pepper and I am a happy eater. Thanks for this idea.

  • Reply Miri December 17, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    Man these look delicious.

    • thehealthfulideas
      Reply thehealthfulideas December 17, 2016 at 10:40 pm

      Thanks, Miri! :)

  • Reply Rebecca December 18, 2016 at 5:03 am

    These look amazing! I have a butternut squash in my pantry that needs to be used, and this stuffed pepper recipe is exactly what I needed. Pinning so I can make it this week! Thanks girl. <3

    • thehealthfulideas
      Reply thehealthfulideas December 18, 2016 at 2:13 pm

      Yay! You’re gonna love it! Thanks, Rebecca! :)

  • Reply Stacey January 6, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    Oh these look so gorgeous! Can’t wait to try :)

    • thehealthfulideas
      Reply thehealthfulideas January 7, 2017 at 9:35 pm

      Thanks so much, Stacey! Hope you love them :)

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