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Stuffed Peppers

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 try them as they are. 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. 

If you have zero ingredients then this recipe will cost about $20.01 as of April 2022.

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

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.

Pantry & Spices

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


  • 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. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. 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.
  3. Heat a sauce pan over medium heat and sauté onion until soft 4 – 5 min. 
  4. Add garlic for 1 minute then add the bowl of tomatoes and spices. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. 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
  6. Add ½ cup mixture to each pepper.
  7. Top each pepper with:
    • 1 teaspoon grated parmesan cheese
    • ¼ cup crushed tomatoes
    • 1/8 cup mozzarella cheese.
  8. Cover and bake for 45 – 50 minutes

This recipe can also be found in Menu 6 – Family of 4

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