Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers with Goat Cheese

These easy and delicious Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers with Goat Cheese, Asparagus & Cherry Tomatoes are the perfect recipe for spring, summer or anytime!

 

lemon quinoa stuffed peppers with asparagus, cherry tomatoes & a hidden goat cheese surprise! Good for you and really delicious!

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.

lemon quinoa stuffed peppers with asparagus, cherry tomatoes & a hidden goat cheese surprise! Good for you and really delicious!

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.

lemon quinoa stuffed peppers with asparagus, cherry tomatoes & a hidden goat cheese surprise! Good for you and really delicious!

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.

lemon quinoa stuffed peppers with asparagus, cherry tomatoes & a hidden goat cheese surprise! Good for you and really delicious!

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!

Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers with Goat Cheese

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 8 half-peppers, stuffed

Serving Size: 1 half-pepper, stuffed

This recipe makes a great light lunch or healthy side dish. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Ingredients

  • 4 red bell peppers (any color will do, or a mix)
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, tough ends trimmed and cut into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 1 5-ounce log goat cheese
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Slice bell peppers in half, remove stem, seeds and membranes. Place pepper halves, cut side down, onto a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast peppers for 15-20 minutes until just starting to char and soften. Remove from oven, flip pepper halves over and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, place quinoa in a dry saucepan over medium heat. Toast quinoa, stirring or shaking pan often, about 8-10 minutes or until just turning a light brown. Add 2 cups water, bring to a boil, then cover and reduce to a simmer. Cook quinoa for 10-15 minutes or until all water is absorbed. Fluff with a fork.
  4. Mix together garlic, lemon zest and juice, olive oil and black pepper, whisk until combined.
  5. Place quinoa, cherry tomatoes and asparagus in a medium-sized bowl. Add dressing and mix thoroughly. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Fill pepper halves with quinoa mixture. Divide goat cheese into 8 portions and crumble over the top.
  7. Place stuffed peppers back in oven for 5 minutes until asparagus is crisp-tender and tomatoes and goat cheese are softened.
  8. Can serve immediately or at room temperature.
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Comments

  1. says

    I love this recipe and your peppers look so delicious! I’m saving for a time to try out soon, hopefully when my mom and dad are here for a visit next month. Mom is a vegetarian (and dad pretty much is now days also!) so she is going to LOVE your recipe!

  2. says

    I just started eating quinoa and I’m in love. I happen to have red peppers and goat cheese in my fridge right now. Coincidence? I think not…

    P.S. I love that I have to enter “Labatt Canadian Beer” into your captcha.

    Besos, Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

    • says

      Okay, your comment has me laughing!! I love quinoa so much, it’s sooo good and so versatile. I have a breakfast quinoa recipe posted that’s similar to oatmeal (but better, imo), check it out if you’re interested. And thanks for the smile today! Cheers :)

  3. Colleen says

    Thank you so much for this recipe, it’s delicious! Have made these for friends and also for a healthy dinner with my husband–who is watching his salt. Delicious, beautiful colors and full of flavor!

  4. says

    Kristy, we are of like minds, my friend. I always (always) have red bell peppers on hand. They are my fav of all the colors, and as you show here, they are tasty with so many flavor profiles. I stuff mine with farro, black beans, corn, cilantro & queso fresco for a Mexican twist. This one looks fantastic with the fluffy quinoa and creamy goat cheese. Yum!!

  5. says

    So, I’ve done the stuffed pepper thing before but have yet to include one of my faves…quinoa! However to me, the real kicker is the goat cheese. I can only imagine the creamy tang if gives off! Thanks so much for putting this on my radar! xo Nic

  6. says

    I have never made stuffed anything–mostly because I am way too lazy and usually just end up throwing all the same ingredients into a big pot. But whether in a pepper or a pot, I am loving the asparagus and goat cheese in these. I adore those flavors together–great job!

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