{Clean} Taco Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

I feel like my cooking in the summer is just lazier.  It’s too hot to have the oven on all day and I don’t desire heavy, creamy foods like I do during the winter.  I would much rather stay at the beach an extra hour and eat something quick when I get home.  But at the same time, I need something to keep me satisfied.  These stuffed peppers were the best of both worlds.
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A few reasons why these stuffed peppers are a perfect, easy summer dinner:
1. Simple ingredients so no running to the store
2. I made them in the morning and put them in the fridge so that I just stuck them in the oven and had dinner on the table in 15 minutes.  (They are also delicious left over so make a few extras!)
3. They are clean and guilt-free so no worrying about feeling bloated in swim suits the next day
4.  You can vary the spiciness and toppings based on what you have on hand.  Corn? Beans? JalapeΓ±os? Throw them in!
5. Yum! I love taco anything and these live up!

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Taco Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
Ingredients:
2-3 Large Green Peppers
1 Cup Quinoa
1 1/2 Cup Ground Beef, browned and seasoned
1/4 Cup Salsa (I used Frontera medium)
Cheese, sour cream, guacamole (Toppings if desired)

Directions:
Cook quinoa.
Brown beef and season with taco seasoning.
Pre-heat oven to 400.
Mix quinoa, beef, and salsa in a large bowl.
Cut the tops off of green peppers.  Fill with taco mixture.  Top with cheese, if desired.
Bake for 12-18 minutes until peppers are slightly soft.
Top as desired
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And this is what it looks like when you are so anxious to eat leftovers, you drop your brand new jar of salsa on the floor and it shatters.  ::sigh::
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  • MAKING THIS THE SECOND I GET HOME!

  • Love these!!! Such a yummy take on stuffed peppers.

    xxx
    Jaclyn
    http://www.loveandbellinis.com

  • This looks so good to me right now and it's not even 9am here! I made something similar this week without any meat. We had it mixed with black beans, corn, peppers, onion and some roasted cauliflower. So easy and so good!

  • These look so good! New follower from the Friend Connect Blog Hop πŸ™‚

    Alyssa @ ohsewcraftylife.blogspot.com

  • Thanks Alyssa! Easy and Yummy! Glad to have you following πŸ™‚

  • I WILL be making this at some point this week! I've had quinoa just sitting in my pantry for the longest time and I've wanted a new recipe to try! Love this!

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