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Healthy and Spicy Stuffed Quinoa Red Peppers

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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.

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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.  

Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
Serves 10
These oven baked Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Bites are a real crowd pleaser! Tender morsels of cauliflower baked in a crispy crust and then loaded with buffalo sauce! If you like wings, you love this leaner tastier snack!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
178 calories
22 g
12 g
8 g
6 g
3 g
127 g
100 g
2 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
127g
Servings
10
Amount Per Serving
Calories 178
Calories from Fat 69
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
12%
Saturated Fat 3g
17%
Trans Fat g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 12mg
4%
Sodium 100mg
4%
Total Carbohydrates 22g
7%
Dietary Fiber 2g
9%
Sugars 2g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A
3%
Vitamin C
48%
Calcium
10%
Iron
9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup almond milk
  2. 1 cup white or whole wheat flour
  3. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  4. pepper to taste
  5. 1 tablespoon oil
  6. 1 head of cauliflower (chopped into bite size pieces)
  7. 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  8. 3/4 cup Buffalo Sauce (I use Dunn Right Buffalo Sauce, but you could also use Frank's Buffalo Sauce
  9. 4 tbsp vegan butter
  10. 1/2 cup vegan blue cheese
  11. 2 tbsp chopped green onion
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Cut cauliflower into bite sized pieces discarding the core. Combine almond milk, flour, garlic powder, pepper and olive oil in a large bowl. Create a separate bowl with the Panko. Dip the pieces in the batter (let any excess drip off), then coat in Panko, place on a foil lined pan and bake 15 minutes. Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Bites - These oven baked Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Bites are a real crowd pleaser! Tender morsels of cauliflower baked in a crispy crust and then loaded with buffalo sauce! If you like wings, you love this leaner tastier snack! #gameday #recipe #superbowlsnackVegan Buffalo Cauliflower Bites - These oven baked Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Bites are a real crowd pleaser! Tender morsels of cauliflower baked in a crispy crust and then loaded with buffalo sauce! If you like wings, you love this leaner tastier snack! #gameday #recipe #superbowlsnack
  2. Melt butter on the stove or in the microwave and mix with buffalo sauce.Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Bites - These oven baked Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Bites are a real crowd pleaser! Tender morsels of cauliflower baked in a crispy crust and then loaded with buffalo sauce! If you like wings, you love this leaner tastier snack! #gameday #recipe #superbowlsnack
  3. Remove cauliflower from the oven and gently toss in the buffalo sauce. Generously coat the cauliflower, but don't soak. Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Bites - These oven baked Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Bites are a real crowd pleaser! Tender morsels of cauliflower baked in a crispy crust and then loaded with buffalo sauce! If you like wings, you love this leaner tastier snack! #gameday #recipe #superbowlsnack
  4. Place coated cauliflower back on the pan and bake an additional 5-10 minutes or until cauliflower is tender and crisp.Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Bites - These oven baked Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Bites are a real crowd pleaser! Tender morsels of cauliflower baked in a crispy crust and then loaded with buffalo sauce! If you like wings, you love this leaner tastier snack! #gameday #recipe #superbowlsnack
  5. Top with vegan blue cheese dressing and green onion and serve with carrots and celery. Enjoy!
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calories
178
fat
8g
protein
6g
carbs
22g
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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! 🙂

  • THANKS FOR SHARING!