As kitschy as some find it, I absolutely love holiday “themed” foods. Here in America, Halloween is about two weeks away and I’ve already seen a decent showing online of different party foods. When I was growing up, a big trend in our family were witch finger cookies. Some people may find it cheesy, but I think it’s fun to fully embrace the holiday spirit!
Unlike Christmas or other religious holidays, most people have at least one Halloween party to attend at the end of October. I crafted this recipe for a fun bring-along option to those gatherings.
Depending on the size of your peppers, these can be a colorful side or hearty plant-based entree. You can get pretty creative with the fillings too! I’ll include what I used below, but really any combination or veggies + grains + beans will work.
I also outline here a fun method to insure super-flavorful quinoa. Instead of cooking in water or broth, this recipe simmers quinoa in a zesty carrot/ginger juice. I bet pomegranate juice would be just as delicious.
This makes enough for two stuffed peppers, but you will likely have some filling left over. Recipe inspired by Spabettie.
- 1/2 cup red or black quinoa, uncooked
- 1 cup carrot juice
- 1 TBS freshly grated ginger
- 1 cup canned chick peas
- 1 cup kale
- Few sprigs cilantro (optional)
- 1/2 cup diced carrots
- 2 large bell peppers
- Salt and pepper
- Toast your quinoa over medium heat for about five minutes, making sure it does not burn. Add carrot juice and bring to a boil.
- Just before boiling, stir in freshly grated ginger. Reduce heat to simmer, cover pot, and let cook until all liquid is absorbed (about 15-20 minutes).
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
- While quinoa is cooking, slice off the tops of your peppers, scoop out the seeds, and “carve.” This is the most fun part!
- Remove quinoa from heat and “fluff” with a fork. Add chick peas, kale, cilantro and carrots to pot, along with a few shakes of salt and pepper.
- Stuff peppers with quinoa mix. Bake for 25 minutes until slightly softened.
- Serve with a green salad and enjoy!
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