Roasted Red Peppers Stuffed with Kale & Quinoa


I cooked this for a Sunday night dinner. It was absolutely incredible, and I plan to make this again next Sunday! It is slightly time-consuming, but well worth the effort. It took me roughly 2 hours, but that’s because I’m a noob and suck at chopping stuff, so I took longer to make sure I did everything correctly. Did I mention how tasty this was???

Nutritional Information

  • 1 serving: Calories 171; Carbohydrates 15g; Cholesterol 0mg; Dietary Fiber 3g; Fat 11g (Monounsaturated Fat 5g, Saturated Fat 2g); Potassium 285mg; Sodium 304mg

Ingredients

  • Peppers
  • 3 medium red bell peppers
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • Filling
  • 8 ounces kale, (6 cups lightly packed), trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup cooked short-grain brown rice, (see Tip)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated vegan Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts, divided (see Tip)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions

  • To prepare peppers: Preheat oven to 400°F. Halve peppers lengthwise through the stems, leaving them attached. Remove the seeds. Lightly brush the peppers outside and inside with oil; sprinkle the insides with salt and pepper. Place, cut-side down, in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Bake until peppers are just tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool slightly. Turn cut-side up.
  • To prepare filling: Bring 2 cups salted water to a boil in a large wide pan. Stir in kale, cover and cook until tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain, rinse under cold water; squeeze dry. Finely chop.
  • Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and chopped bell pepper; cook, stirring often, until onion is golden, 6 to 8 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Stir in the kale. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly. Stir in rice, Parmesan, 2 tablespoons pine nuts and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Divide the filling among the pepper halves. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons pine nuts.
  • Add 2 tablespoons water to the baking dish. Cover the peppers with foil and bake until heated through, 15 to 20 minutes. Uncover and bake for 5 minutes more. Serve hot.
  • Tip: To toast pine nuts: Heat a small dry skillet over medium-low heat. Add pine nuts and cook, stirring constantly, until golden and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. (Or spread in a small baking pan and bake at 400°F for about 5 minutes.) Tip: To cook brown rice: Place 1 cup brown rice, 2 1/2 cups water and a pinch of salt, if desired, in a medium saucepan; bring to a simmer. Cover; cook over low heat until rice is tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed, 45 to 50 minutes. Makes 3 cups.
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