Roasted Bell Peppers With Rice & Beans

Healthy Recipes

Serves: 4
Prep & Cooking Time: 50-60 minutes.

Notes: This recipe contains:Vitamin A, B-Vitamins, Vitamins C & K, protein, fibre, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and is low in salt!

We hope you’ve all had a great weekend?! We did, despite the wind and rain! It’s also a great feeling to finally have the British summer time kick in (at last)! We didn’t really feel the affect of it though; we both went to bed early! This is only because we donated blood on Saturday and were completely wiped by the evening. We’ll both be working hard over the next few months to restore our iron levels… making ourselves fighting fit and ready for our next donation (#givebloodandsaveuptotwelvelivesperyear)! For anyone interested in discovering more about iron, check out our article here

For those that were joining in on the ‘meat free week‘ last week and loved it! (or have been taking part in the international Meatless Monday’s or Meat free Monday’s experience)… this is a great recipe for you to try! However, anyone that has been following us might remember our stuffed peppers with quinoa we posted last year?! Well if you enjoyed that recipe, then we thoroughly recommend that you try this version!

These peppers are filled with a delicious mixture of rice, black beans and vegetables… seasoned with Mexican-inspired seasoning’s and flavours! Our peppers were slightly too small, so we would recommend getting 1kg worth of peppers! Additionally, we would suggest using slightly less jalapeños than we have instructed- unless you love the heat!

 

Mix it up! Add the flavours, veggies and beans (or lentils) that you prefer!

 

 

Ingredients:

Use a ‘Mexican seasoning mix’ if you have it and omit the cumin, paprika, chilli powder, ground coriander and oregano! NB: This meal (per serving) has moderate amount of saturated fats; to make it low in saturated fats, use some low-fat cooking oil instead of the rapeseed oil instructed!

 

 

Directions:

 Drain and wash your beans (if applicable).

 

Wash, slice the tops off the peppers (but do not discard) and then de-seed them. Discard the stem and finely chop the tops of the peppers. Place the peppers onto a microwavable plate. Heat in a microwave for approx. 6 minutes or until softened. Remove.

 

 

 

Place them into a baking tray. Allow to cool slightly.

 

 

 In the meantime, peel and chop the onion and the garlic.

 

 

Wash, remove the stem and dice the tomato. Chop the pineapple into small cubes. Drain and dice the jalapeño slices.

 

 

Wash and dice the chives. Wash, trim the end and finely slice the spring onion.

We used frozen chives; we got them out of the freezer just before we needed them.

 

 

Meanwhile, heat 2/3 of  the oil in a large, non-stick saucepan.

Alternatively use some fry spray (low-fat cooking oil)!

 

 

Add the onion and garlic. Gently fry for 1-2 minutes or until softened.

 

 

Add the pepper ‘tops’. Stir to combine. Gently fry for a further minute.

 

 

Add the beans, rice, nuts.

 

 

Stir together.

 

 

Pour in the boiling stock or water. Stir together.

 

 

Cover with a lid. Bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer. Cook for approx. 8-10 minutes.

 

 

In the meantime, prepare the white sauce.

NB: The sauce will be thicker than most other sauces….this is to make sure it ‘sits’ on top of the peppers whilst cooking! This sauce is similar to the one we used in our lasagne!

 

  • Step 1)  Heat a non-stick saucepan over a medium-low heat.
  • Step 2)  Add the spread.
  • Step 3)  When it melts, add the flour.
  • Step 4)  Stick together quickly until combined and a roux is formed.
  • Step 5)  Pour in the milk. Add the onion and garlic powder, thyme and         oregano. Whisk together; dissolving the roux.
  • Step 6)  Keep whisking until the sauce thickens.
  • Step 7)  Remove from the heat. Taste and season with some salt and black pepper (as necessary).
  • Step 8)  Leave covered until you are ready to use it; stir once before adding it to the peppers.

 

 

Meanwhile, heat the oven to 200°C/400°F. Gently use the remaining oil (or some low-fat cooking oil) and grease the outside of the peppers.

 

 

Remove the saucepan from the heat.

 

 

Add the cumin, paprika, chilli powder and coriander.

 

 

Followed by the tomato, pineapple, chives, approx. 3/4 of the spring onion and the juice. Stir to combine and coat in the seasoning. Taste and season to taste (if necessary).

 

 

Spoon and push the rice mixture into the peppers.

Our peppers were not quite big enough..so we used some make-shift ‘ramekin peppers’ instead!

 

 

Top with the sauce. Garnish with the remaining spring onion.

NB: If preferred, garnish them after they are baked…as the onions will lose their vibrant shade of green whilst they cook!.

 

 

Place the tray into the oven. Roast for 20-30 minutes of until the peppers and sauce is lightly browned and the rice is completely cooked. Remove.

NB: Finished! Ours took 27 minutes. Adjust your cooking times according to the type of rice used.

 

 

In the meantime, steam some kale (or whatever other dark, leafy greens that you desire!).

 

 

 Serve warm. Place the kale into the bottom of a serving bowl. Place the pepper into the centre of the kale.

We garnished ours with some dried chives and a few extra pieces of pineapple. 🙂

 

 

Enjoy!

It”s realllyyy tasty folks!

 

 

Refrigerate any leftovers in a resealable container (ideally within an hour after cooking); reheat and consume within 1-2 days.

NB: When reheating, always check to make sure the rice is steaming hot all the way through and do not reheat the rice more than once. 

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Roasted Peppers Stuffed W/ Quinoa & Vegetables

Healthy Recipes, Meatless Monday

Serves: 2-4
Prep & Cooking Time: 70 mins (*Dependent upon skill and/or the number of kitchen helpers!)
Type: Main Meal
Tools: Non-stick pot, sieve, chopping board, sharp knife, measuring jug, frying pan(s), frying spatula, heat-proof dish.

Notes: This recipe contains: Vitamin A, B-Vitamins, Vitamins C, E & K, protein, carbohydrates, fibre, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc and (per serving) is low in saturated fats!

This is a great recipe, if we do say so ourselves. It allows you to have all of the lovely roasted bell pepper taste without the calories; there’s no greasy fillings either! These stuffed peppers are crammed full of delicious flavours and textures, making them satisfying right up until the last bite! It’s the perfect meal for right now too as it’s currently so cool and damp here in the UK!

Happy cooking everyone! 🙂

 

Ingredients

+++++++++++++++100g      Dried Quinoa
+++++++++++++++4             Large Bell Peppers (red, yellow or orange/ approx. 680g)
+++++++++++++++70g        Frozen Spinach
+++++++++++++++180g       Red Onion
++++++++++++++  4g           Garlic Clove
+++++++++++++++80g        White Mushrooms
+++++++++++++++80g         Carrot
+++++++++++++++68g         Cherry Tomatoes
+++++++++++++++16g          Fresh Flat Leaf Parsley
+++++++++++++++4g            Fresh Dill
+++++++++++++++16g           Fresh Basil
+++++++++++++++250ml     Vegetable Stock (low-sodium, DF/ GF if required)
+++++++++++++++5ml          Olive Oil
+++++++++++++++10g           Cashew Nuts
+++++++++++++++10g           Pine Nuts
+++++++++++++++3g             Dried Thyme
+++++++++++++++20g          Dried Cranberries
+++++++++++++++                 Salt and Ground Black Pepper

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Directions

Rinse the quinoa in a sieve under cold water and then and cook it according to the packet instructions; remove from the heat. NB: We cooked ours for 15 mins and then allowed it to rest for an additional 10 mins off the heat (with the lid on!).

 

 

In the meantime, prepare the vegetables and stock.

  • Place the spinach into a small microwavable bowl. Microwave on a defrost setting for about 4-6 mins, or until defrosted/wilted. Drain in a sieve. Tip: If using fresh spinach, wash it in a colander and gently wilt it by pouring a little freshly boiled water over it. Drain.
  • Peel and finely chop the onion the garlic.
  • Wash, pat dry and then roughly chop the mushrooms.
  • Wash, trim the ends, peel and then finely grate the carrot. Wash, remove the stems and then dice the tomatoes.
  • Wash, dry and then finely chop the parsley, dill and basil; if preferred, discard any larger stems.
  • Boil 250ml in a kettle. Prepare the vegetable stock in a large measuring jug.

 

 

  • Meanwhile, place the ‘pepper bases’ onto a microwavable plate. Microwave for 6 mins or until just softened. Tip: This will shave you 30 mins off your cooking time! Remove and place them into a heat-proof dish.
  • Place the pepper tops onto a plate. Microwave  for about 3 mins. Once the peppers have cooled, lightly rub the outside of the tops and bottoms with the oil.

 

 

Heat the oven to 200°C/400°F. In the meantime ‘steam-fry’ your veggies!

  •  Place a non-stick frying pan or wok over a medium-low heat. Once hot, add the stock a little at a time to ‘steam-fry’ the vegetables. Add the onion and the garlic first. Cover with a lid and gently fry for 1-2 mins. Tip: Stir and add a little more stock occasionally to prevent the vegetables from sticking; continue with this tip as you add more vegetables.
  • Add the mushrooms and steam- fry for 3-4 mins. Add the carrot and tomato. Steam-fry for 3-4 mins. Add the parsley dill, basil and spinach. Fry for a further 1-2 mins. Remove the pan from the heat.

 

 

  • Meanwhile, heat a (small) separate, non-stick frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the nuts. Gently ‘dry-fry’ until lightly browned. Tip: Watch them like a hawk! They can easily burn, especially the pine nuts!
  • Remove from the heat. Transfer the nuts onto a chopping board. Allow to cool slightly. Roughly dice them.

 

 

  • Fluff the cooked grains of quinoa with a fork.
  • Add the quinoa, nuts, thyme and cranberries to a frying pan. Mix together. Season it with some salt and pepper to taste. Tip: If preferred, you can complete this step in a mixing bowl, but why dirty another dish eh?!

 

 

  • Spoon the mixture into the peppers. Press and stuff it snugly into the peppers with the back of a spoon as you go. Tip: You can place a ramekin in the middle to prevent the peppers from falling whilst they roast!
  • Once the peppers are full, top them with the pepper tops. Place the pan onto the middle oven shelf. Bake for 20-30 mins, or until softened and lightly roasted. NB: Ours finished in 27 mins. Remove. Allow them to cool slightly before serving as the inside will be steaming hot!

 

 

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

If preferred…

  • Cook the peppers in the oven for 45-60 mins until roasted, (if you have the time of course) and skip the ‘microwave step’.
  • Try using large beef tomatoes instead of peppers. We would imagine you would have to at least halve the quantity of the stuffing, unless you fancy roasting loads of tomatoes! If you do this, save the scooped out tomatoes flesh and add it to the stuffing instead of the cherry tomatoes!
  • Try various herb or nut combinations.Tip: Any herbs you do not use, you can always wash, dry and then freeze in a resealable and air tight container.
  • Use fresh spinach instead of frozen. Tip: the frozen variety works just as well and its usually cheaper too.
  • Try using wild rice instead of quinoa.
  • Serve with some dark green leaves if desired. In all honestly though, you probably don’t need much as these babies are ‘fibre-licious’!