Monday, February 25, 2013
Greek Stuffed Peppers
Okay, I think Ihave shared a few times before that all of the sudden with this pregnancy, I crave pepppers. And bonus, they're low in carbs as well. So I began to have this intense desire for stuffed bell peppers and after searching pinterest, none of the recipes I found were either meat free or appealing. So, I needed to take matters into my own hands since the craving wasn't going away, and let me be honest, if Im actually craving something thats low carb, then by golly, I will find a way!!! You will need: 3 bell peppers (halved and seeds removed) I went with colored ones because they look so pretty *** 1/4 cup of onion finely diced *** 2 cloves of garlic minced **** 1-2 cups of frozen spinach. I like more, but you might like less, so either works (I would have used fresh, buuuuuuut I put the bag of fresh spinach away with all the tortilla chips and it didnt make it) **** 28 oz. can of organic diced tomatoes **** 1 lemon **** 1 cup of quinoa **** 2 cups of vegetable broth or water **** 1 tsp of crushed red pepper **** 1 tablespoon of parsley chopped **** salt and pepper to taste *** olive oil **** feta cheese *** 4 tilapia fillets**** old bay seasoning (You can omit fish and old bay-- its a side dish to the main course of the stuffed peppers) So, first step is to place peppers with the um, bump facing up. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and place under boiler for approx. 10 mins. Start Quinoa cooking in broth. Add the 1 cup of quinoa in with the 2 cups of broth and just cover and let it cook. Now, place fish in a baking dish and sprinkle with olive oil and old baby and a squeeze of lemon all over. Place under broiler and peek at peppers. Add about 2 tbs of olive oil, onion and garlic to saute pan. Allow to cook for a minute and then add spinach and parsley and red pepper flakes. Saute for a bit until it smells super yummy and at this point, peppers should be done. Pull those bad boys out of the oven. Once quinoa is done coooking (if this is your first time cooking it, refer to the package), turn heat off and stir in tomatoes and sauteed spinach. Spoon into peppers-- there will be overflow-- this is a good thing-- especially if your 7 year old claims that peppers are the worse thing in the world to eat. And now, just go hog wild with sprinkling feta cheese all over the top!Now squeeze some lemon on top (citrus and quinoa are a match made in culinary heaven)! Place under broiler with the fish. Set timer for 10 minutes. Set the table... clean up crafts from the table... okay, this time really set the table... help three year old with getting some milk... finish pouring drinks... and ding! Done! We went all out for y'all tonight and put aside our Disney plates for some fishy plates because it was actually a nice day here. Sigh, one day we will eat off glass plates again, but for now, I am so thankful they make plates that can't break and rejoicing for all the little people around our table that delight in them :) And I'm not going to lie, they were amazing! My husband was impressed. My pepper loving daughter was impressed. And the two boys liked all the "rice"-- hands down, a success--- and LOW in carbs, gluten free, and heart healthy! Clean eating or eating better doesnt have to take hours in the kitchen, have to be just veggies, and can still taste delicious!! Enjoy and let me know how your family enjoys them!