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Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers with quinoa is a great variation of the traditional stuffed pepper with rice. I like to serve roasted vegetables on the side.

Stuffed Peppers with quinoa is worth the time it takes. These are the most flavorful stuffed peppers I have had. I am not the largest fan of quinoa but found this recipe when I was working my through The Skinny Taste Cookbook and thought why not give it a try.

With most recipes I cannot help but change them a little. I think of a recipe as a starting place then I add or take things out to fit our tastes. I can honestly say I did not modify this one too much. 

I highly recommend The Skinny Taste Cookbook to anyone who is cooking light but loves big flavors. 

Cost Per Serving $5.15 as of April 2022

If you have zero ingredients then this recipe will cost about $20.61.

If you have a fully stocked pantry this recipe will cost about $16.86.

  • Cost per serving reduces to $4.22.

I am assuming you have salt and pepper and do not add it into the recipe total cost.

Stove and Oven

Recipe serves: 4

Equipment needed: 1 roasting pan and 1 medium pot

Total time: 70 minutes


Let's grocery shop!

I am assuming you have salt and pepper. It is not included in pantry and spices. If you have a fully stocked pantry there will be a savings of about $3.75.

Pantry & Spices

Total: $3.75 as of April 2022

  • olive oil 17 fl oz $2.77
  • oregano $0.98


Total: $16.86 as of April 2022

  • 2 red peppers $2.76
  • 1 bulb garlic $0.48
  • 1 onion $0.62
  • 1 bag spinach 6 oz $2.73
  • 1 bunch of fresh basil $1.98
  • 1 bag quinoa 16 oz $2.97
  • 1 can vegetable broth $0.67
  • 1 can crushed tomato 14.5 oz $0.69
  • 1 bag shredded mozzarella cheese $1.98
  • 1 parmesan romano cheese $1.98

Let's prep!

Let's cook!

  1. Complete the prep from the prep tab above.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°
  3. Prepare ½ cup quinoa per package directions using vegetable broth instead of water. Be sure to rinse uncooked quinoa before putting it in a pot.
  4. Heat a sauce pan over medium heat and sauté onion until soft 4 – 5 min. 
  5. Add garlic for 1 minute then add the bowl of tomatoes and spices. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat then add to the tomato mixture:
    • cooked quinoa
    • 3 tablespoons parmesan cheese
    • ½ cup baby spinach
    • fresh basil
    • ¼ cup mozzarella cheese
  7. Add ½ cup mixture to each pepper.
  8. Top each pepper with:
    • 1 teaspoon grated parmesan cheese
    • ¼ cup crushed tomatoes
    • 1/8 cup mozzarella cheese.
  9. Cover and bake for 45 – 50 minutes

This recipe can also be found in Weekly Dinners for 4 under $100 – Menu 6

Side Options

Side Salad

Vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, carrots, etc. 

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