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Healthy and Spicy Stuffed Quinoa Red Peppers

Healthy and Spicy Stuffed Quinoa Red Peppers

Almost two weeks ago I was tasked with bringing a dish to our annual Sportsing Bowl party.  A Sportsing Bowl is when the ladies get together to talk over the Superbowl until the half time show starts, then we keenly pay attention to the half-time performance and comment on the performers choreography, attire and choice of songs. Oh and there’s wine.  Lots of wine.  It’s really quite fun.

Spicy Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

I wanted to bring a healthier option, but something more tasty than raw veggies and dip.  Something spicy and satisfying.  Enter the stuffed red pepper, stuffed with quinoa, and lentils.

Spicy Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Crisp and sweet, red peppers are packed with almost 300 percent of your daily vitamin C requirements.  Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and is required for the proper absorption of iron.  Red peppers also contain vitamin B6, magnesium and vitamin A.  Combined these help to decrease anxiety, reduce bloating, prevent hypertension and support healthy night vision.  All told, red pepper is a nutritional power house. 

Spicy Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Incredibly nutritious, quinoa is a grain crop grown for its edible seeds making it technically a seed that is prepared and eaten similarly to a grain.  Referred to as the “mother of all grains”, it was believed to be sacred by the Inca Empire.  These days quinoa can be found in the health food section or gluten-free section of most grocery stores. It’s important to note that Quinoa is non-GMO, gluten-free and grown organically.  It is high in protein and contains two flavonoids:  quercetin and kaempferol.  The flavonoids have been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, anti-cancer and anti-depressant effects… at least in animal studies

Spicy Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Black beans are nutritious and tasty legumes available dried or canned, and both types provide the same health benefits. Black beans have protein, fiber, antioxidants and micronutrients.  Eating black beans can boost your iron intake because these legumes contain iron – this is essential for preventing iron-deficiency anemia and can be beneficial for endurance athletes. Black beans are also a good source of calcium and potassium.  Calcium is essential for building and maintaining bones, and potassium helps regulate your blood pressure and heart rate. Other micronutrients in black beans include magnesium, folate, zinc and phosphorus.

Combining all of these super foods together in one tasty package made these a SuperBowl winner.  The chili powder and crushed red peppers in this dish added a lot of flavour, and these were eagerly enjoyed.  There was one left over (thankfully) that I delightfully brought with me to work for my lunch the next day.  

Are you a red pepper fan?
What is your favourite healthy Superbowl food? 

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  • Linda @ TheFitty
    February 11, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    I used to bring bell pepper container for lunches at school! So economic, you can eat the container 🙂

  • Jen @ pretty little grub
    February 11, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    This looks SOO good! I cannot wait to make these.

    • Janice
      February 12, 2015 at 1:26 pm

      Thanks! Let me know what you think and any modifications you make to it. Cheers!

  • Stacy @ Sweating Tulipz
    February 11, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    Ahhh!!! Yay! I have been thinking about this recipe since you mentioned that you made it for your party and showed an awesome pic! Thanks for sharing! Can’t wait to give it a whirl!

    • Janice
      February 12, 2015 at 1:25 pm

      No problem! Let me know if you like it and any modifications you make. Enjoy!

  • Tina Muir
    February 16, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    Hi Janice, i am not sure we have met! Nice to “meet” you! Thanks so much for joining us for meatless monday today, this sounds lovely. i LOVE stuffed peppers, and giving them quinoa to hold is a great idea. Lots of nutrition, and makes them very filling! Hope to see you again next monday! 🙂

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