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quinoa and chicken stuffed peppers

QUINOA AND CHICKEN STUFFED PEPPERS

Decadent and satisfying, these stuffed peppers are filled with nutrition and fantastic Italian flavors. Complete with melted mozzarella on top, this meal is one of my family’s favorite.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 316 kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 bell peppers (halved and seeded)
  • 2 lbs ground chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 medium yellow onion (finely diced)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 1/2 cups canned tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil (chopped)
  • 1 cup reduced fat mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions.
  2. Preheat oven to 350, and coat a large 11” x 13” baking dish with nonfat cooking spray.
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add in onions and cook until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add in chicken, dried basil, dried oregano, dried parsley and salt and pepper, and cook until meat is no longer pink. Use a wooden spoon to break apart the meat while cooking.
  4. Stir in tomato sauce, and mix to combine, Remove from heat.
  5. Combine the chicken mixture and the prepared quinoa in a large bowl. Season with additional salt and pepper as needed.
  6. Spoon the mixture evenly into each pepper half. Then top each one with mozzarella cheese (about 1 tbsp each).
  7. Place in oven, and cook for about 30 minutes or until peppers are tender and cheese is melted and golden. Top with fresh basil before serving.

Recipe Notes

Entire recipe makes 6 servings

Serving size is 2 stuffed pepper halves

Each serving = 3 Points*

*based only on ingredients with an SP Freestyle value

Nutrition Facts
QUINOA AND CHICKEN STUFFED PEPPERS
Amount Per Serving
Calories 316 Calories from Fat 83
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9.2g 14%
Saturated Fat 1.8g 9%
Cholesterol 79mg 26%
Sodium 541mg 23%
Potassium 1008mg 29%
Total Carbohydrates 26.1g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4.4g 18%
Sugars 9.8g
Protein 33.9g 68%
Calcium 14%
Iron 15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.