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Beef and Bean Chimichangas

Our oldest son announced one evening during dinner that he was moving to Mexico because he loves bean burritos so much. Can you tell tacos and burritos are a reoccurring weekly menu staple at our house? This week I decided to change things up a […]

Chuncky Guacamole

I don’t eat guacamole very often, never at home, because no one around here likes it. Guacamole is reserved for the special occasions when we have company who might like it as a topping with a mexican dish or on Super Bowl Sunday with chips. I have […]

Quinoa Southwestern Stuffed Bell Peppers

Quinoa Stuffed Red Peppers

Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers makes for a delectable main dish paired with a side of garlic toast or a light salad. It is one of those feel good meals I would choose over a piece of chocolate any day. Please Do Not let the bell peppers deter you from trying the quinoa stuffing. If bell peppers are not your thing try a bed of arugula, a stuffed zucchini or serve the stuffing by itself like you would a casserole. As for serving sizes Katie suggests one half pepper if you have an accompanying side. Otherwise 1 whole pepper would be considered a serving.

Now, lets talk ingredients. I found a small package of quinoa at the supermarket for $10.99. I ended up purchasing the same amount at the health food store for .99 cents a pound. A huge savings. The poblano pepper is the new hot chili pepper fad right now. I could not find a poblano pepper in the produce section at the market. When I asked the produce manager for a suitable replacement he admitted he had heard of them but did not know what a poblano pepper was. Poblano peppers are used to make chile relleno in the place of pasilla peppers and they are also used in mole. Cook’s Thesaurus suggests using Anaheim or Ancho as a substitute. I tried half of an Anaheim but because I used a Monterey Jack and Cheddar blend cheese instead of pepper jack I could have used the whole pepper. Definitely season well with salt and pepper. You could use broth instead of water to cook the quinoa for more flavor too.

Source: GoodLifeEats
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 ribs celery, finely chopped
1 (8 ounce) Package mushrooms, stems removed and caps sliced very thin
1/2 of a poblano pepper, diced
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained, liquid reserved
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
3/4 cup quinoa
1 3/4 cups water or broth
1 1/2 cups grated carrot
1 1/2 cups grated reduced-fat pepper Jack cheese, divided
4 large red bell peppers, halved lengthwise, ribs removed

Preheat oven to 350°F. Pour liquid from tomatoes in bottom of baking dish.

Heat oil in a large pan with a lid over medium heat. Add onion, celery, and poblano pepper cooking 5 minutes, or until soft. Add cumin and garlic; sauté 1 minute. Stir in mushrooms and drained tomatoes. Cook 5 minutes, or until most of liquid has evaporated.

Meanwhile bring the quinoa, carrots and water to a boil in a covered sauce pan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 20 minutes or until quinoa is tender.

Add the quinoa to the onion mixture. Toss in the black beans and 1 cup of cheese.  Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

Fill each bell pepper half with heaping 3/4-cup quinoa mixture, and place in baking dish. Cover with foil, and bake 40 minutes. Uncover, and sprinkle each pepper with 1 tablespoon of remaining cheese. Bake 15 minutes more, or until tops of stuffed peppers are browned. Let stand 5 minutes. Transfer stuffed peppers to serving plates, and drizzle each with pan juices before serving.

Quick and Tasty Meals: Cheat’n Bean Burritos

There is at least one night a week when we are having so much fun playing that we loose track of time and before we know it 6:00 has come and gone. Dinner becomes a bedtime snack after baths and before the kids shuffle off […]

Fiesta Taco Salad

A couple of years ago, all the older kids wanted for dinner was pizza, hot dogs or mac and cheese. Just having baby number three, I complied for a little while until I could get back on my feet. I began asking friends what they […]

Stacked Mexican Pie

I made a pot of Pozole yesterday. Knowing I would have leftover shredded pork, I decided to use some of the meat to make a Mexican pie. It is sort of like lasagna meets enchilada. Here, I used a pie plate making only three layers, because I wanted to use the extra filling for taco salad. You could also use any shape baking dish, cake pan or spring form pan.

1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 zucchini, diced
1 1⁄2 tsp ground cumin
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 pound ground beef, cooked or shredded pork or chicken, chopped (optional)
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinsed
1 can (11 oz) corn niblets, drained
1⁄2 cup freshly chopped cilantro
4 (6 – 10 inch) flour tortillas
1 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar
Garnish: reduced-fat sour cream

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a baking dish, cake pan or 9-inch spring form pan with nonstick spray.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic, sauté until soft and translucent; about 5 minutes. Add zucchini, cumin, chili powder and salt; sauté 3 minutes. Stir in tomatoes with juice, beans, corn, cilantro and meat; heat through.

Place a tortilla on the bottom of the baking dish. Top with a good layer of vegetable mixture; sprinkle with some cheese. Add another tortilla and repeat making 4 layers ending with vegetable mixture and a sprinkle of cheese.

Bake for 30 minutes until heated through and cheese is melted. Cool 5-10 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve with sour cream and salsa, if desired.

Variations:
To add a little spice, use diced tomatoes with green chilies or add a cup of medium to hot heat salsa.

Homemade Flour Tortillas

I learned how to make tortillas from a friend, Juanita Sorez, in Freemont, Texas. She is an amazing woman with an enormous heart. Every week, my friends and I would gather at her house to eat, play the guitar and shoot some pool. To be […]

Chicken Vegetable Nachos

One of our favorite indulgences is nachos. I love nachos. The crispy salty texture of the nacho chips dipped in the cool spicy flavorful salsa makes it hard to stop at seven measly chips. When we first got married we would frequent this amazing hole-in-the-wall […]