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quinoa and turkey stuffed peppers

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Place an oven rack in the middle position and heat the oven to 375 degrees F
  2. Heat the olive oil in a shallow dutch oven over medium high heat (use a large pot if you don’t have a dutch oven)
  3. Add the diced onion to the pot and cook until the onion is translucent and starts to brown (6-8 minutes)
  4. Add the ground turkey to the pot, breaking the meat into small pieces using a wooden spoon
  5. Increase the heat to high and cook until the turkey is no longer pink (8-10 minutes)
  6. While the turkey is cooking, prepare the quinoa according to the directions on the package
  7. When the quinoa is cooked, remove it from the heat and let it sit while you prepare the rest of the meat mixture
  8. Add salt, pepper, thyme, garlic powder, and tomato paste to the turkey and mix
  9. Cook the turkey, stirring frequently so the tomato paste and spices are evenly distributed
  10. Add chicken broth to the turkey, let it come to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium low
  11. Let the mixture simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated
  12. While the turkey is simmering you can prepare you peppers by cutting off the tops and using a spoon to scoop out the seeds from the middle
  13. Rub olive oil and sprinkle salt on the outside of the peppers
  14. Once the liquid from the turkey mixture has evaporated, add the chopped spinach and cook until the spinach wilts down
  15. If the spinach releases a lot of liquid, increase the heat to high and continue to boil until the liquid evaporates
  16. Turn off the heat, add the lemon juice and zest, the cooked quinoa, and the feta cheese to the turkey mixture
  17. Mix well and taste – add more salt and pepper if you wish
  18. If you have cooked the turkey in a shallow dutch oven you can bake the peppers in the same pot (easier clean up!)
  19. Scoop the turkey and quinoa mixture into the bell peppers and place the stuffed bell peppers into the dutch oven or a baking dish with tall sides
  20. Top the bell peppers with the corresponding bell pepper “caps” and bake the peppers in the oven (uncovered) for 20-25 minutes (until the bell peppers are cooked through)
  21. Remove the bell peppers from the oven, remove the caps from the bell peppers and set aside
  22. Turn the oven to broil, top the peppers with mozzarella cheese and place under the broiler for 2-3 minutes until the cheese has melted and is starting to brown on top

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