These easy and delicious Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers with Goat Cheese, Asparagus & Cherry Tomatoes are the perfect recipe for spring, summer or anytime!
So the Mr.’s been asking me about making him some stuffed bell peppers. That’s when it occurred to me that I’ve never made them – kinda strange, huh? I thought I’d made just about every dish out there at some point but the stuffed bell pepper just hadn’t happened. Of course, I’ve stuffed poblanos and baked them and I’ve stuffed more jalapenos than I can count. But the red bell – or any color bell – with a hearty mixture of goodies and served as a dinner entree has never made my menu.
Of course, he was looking for the traditional ground beef stuffed bell pepper and I do plan on making a twist on those soon, if only because I loved these so much (and I know he’s got a craving and it’s just cruel to deny someone their food cravings ;) But, as you know, I’ve been on a bit of a quinoa kick lately and just haven’t been able to help myself! Quinoa Granola, Mexican Quinoa Casserole & Blackened Shrimp Bowls with Salsa Ranch Quinoa – you name it, I’ve been making it! I just had to make one more quinoa dish and this time I wanted it to be lighter in flavor and stray from my usual spicy mexican-type flavors.
These stuffed bell peppers have quinoa that’s flavored with fresh lemon for a fresh, light flavor. Spring asparagus is added along with quartered heirloom cherry tomatoes. I stuffed the peppers halfway with that mixture, added goat cheese then topped them with more of the quinoa mixture – makes for a nice warm, soft goat cheese surprise in the middle! Lemon and goat cheese pair so well and I like a bit of indulgence in the middle of my healthy eating. Then again, I could eat goat cheese by the log.
These quinoa stuffed bell peppers make a great light lunch or healthy dinner. The recipe makes enough that a family of four could make two meals out of it, especially if you served them as a side dish alongside grilled chicken or fish. They’d be wonderful served for Mother’s Day, brunch or even a shower. I just love that they’re not only healthy but taste fantastic and look pretty on a plate, too!