30 Day Challenge || Jessica Day 12: Rest = Quinoa & Turkey Stuffed Peppers

I woke up sore this morning after the side lunge blitz that was Day 10 and Day 11.  After a long walk/hike with my baby in our hilly neighborhood, I had a marathon batch cooking session. I came up with a lean, protein rich dish that was simple and delicious.  Try it out and let me know what you think! Quinoa & Turkey Stuffed Peppers Ingredients for 5 servings (1 pepper = 1 serving) 1.25 lb ground lean turkey 2 minced garlic cloves 1/2 onion, finely diced 1.5 cups cooked quinoa 2 Tbsp tomato paste 1 14 oz can diced tomatoes (low sodium): tomatoes strained, juice reserved 1 Tbsp each: oregano, basil, parsley 1 tsp sage 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/8 tsp fresh ground black pepper 2 pinches of salt 5 large/medium sized bell peppers, de-seeded, tops removed, and steamed* Shredded mozzarella cheese (a little) Shredded Parmesan cheese (a little) *If you prefer soft peppers, steam them.  If you prefer firm, crisp-tender peppers like I do, skip the steaming.  Also, if you will make this in a crock pot**, skip the steaming. Preparation
  1. Make the quinoa if you haven't already per the box directions (1 cup dry quinoa: 2 cups water).   (I made more than 1.5 cups to use for other meals this week.)
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 325 F.
  3. Steam the peppers for a few minutes if you choose to.
  4. Cook the ground turkey.  Add the garlic and onion and cook until soft.
  5. In a large bowl, combine the turkey, quinoa, strained tomatoes, tomato paste, and spices.  Mix very well.
  6. Spoon the mixture into each pepper.
  7. Arrange in an oven-safe dish, sprinkle with cheese, and pour the reserved tomato juice into the dish.
  8. Bake 30-35 min.
  Enjoy!  I served this with a simple green salad in red wine vinaigrette. How did you spend your rest day?  I hope it was more restful than mine :) Jessica **Crockpot option: Preparation is exactly the same except:
  1. Don't steam the peppers, and save the tops!!
  2. Don't sprinkle the cheese on the peppers.
  3. Arrange the stuffed peppers in a crockpot and place their tops on them. Pour the reserved tomato juice into the bottom of the crockpot.
  4. Cook on low for 4 hours, or until the peppers are tender.
  5. Sprinkle the cheese over the peppers (tops removed)
 

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