When it comes to cooking dinner for my family I find it to be a bit of a challenge for me. I’m the type of person who likes to plan everything ahead, makes check and to do lists, meal preps, etc. So when it’s time to figure out what to make for dinner on a nightly basis I get really stuck. Not mention the fact that I’m so tired from a busy day the last thing I want to do is cook a huge meal, use a number of pans, bowls and dishes, and then have to clean my whole kitchen.
This is why meal prep is a must for me. I like making a big batch of a complete meal a couple of times a week so I don’t have to worry about cooking every night. My favorite types of meals are those which have many different ingredients combined into one. Stuffed peppers is one of my go to meal prep meals. You can make a bunch of them and have them for a couple days and even to pack for lunches. They also have a little bit of everything in them making it a complete balanced and nutritious meal. You get your serving of protein, veggies, and grains all in one.
I always make sure that our dinners are very healthy and balanced. I came up with a very healthy and nutritious recipe for stuffed peppers. It is packed with protein and veggies making the perfect light dinner. I use cheese in it sometimes but omit it most of the time. I like to enjoy the flavors from the other ingredients so don’t usually bother with the cheese.
These stuffed peppers are made with ground turkey, quinoa, black beans, fresh cilantro and diced tomatoes. I like to use diced tomatoes with green chilies. It gives this recipe a zesty kick. It doesn’t make it spicy so it’s still kid friendly. If you prefer you can use diced tomatoes without green chillies. Either way it will be delicious and your whole family will enjoy it and you won’t have to worry about making dinner for a good 2-3 days depending on how big your family is.
Ground Turkey and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
- one 15 oz can black beans (drained and rinsed)
- one 15 oz can diced tomatoes with green chillies (you can used diced tomatoes without the green chillies also)
- 3 tbsp fresh cilantro (plus more for garnish)
- 1 tbsp dried oregano
- 1 tbsp dried parsley
- 2 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 white onion
- 3-4 minced garlic cloves
- salt and pepper to tatse
- 6 belled peppers (multi colored)
Chop onion into small squares. Grease pan and cook onion until translucent. About 2-3 minutes on medium heat.
Add ground turkey to pan and brown.
While turkey is cooking add apple cider vinegar, oregano, parsley, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper, minced garlic cloves.
Preheat oven at 350 degrees.
Turn heat down to medium-low and add tomatoes and black beans. Stir in and let simmer for about 3-4 minutes.
Stir in quinoa and cilantro. Continue simmering for another 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat.
Cut the tops off from the belled peppers and remove and discard insides. Place on an oven save dish along with the tops.
Stuff peppers with turkey and quinoa. Leave tops off but in the dish to cook in oven along with stuffed peppers.
Bake stuffed peppers for 15-18 minutes.
Garnish stuffed peppers with more cilantro. Place tops on and serve.
You can add cheese to this recipe if you would like. I do sometimes and like to use shredded cheddar or mozzarella. Use about 1 cup.