These were fun to make, pretty to look at and delicious to eat!
You could use rice instead of quinoa but the quinoa really is awesome. I like the texture better than rice. I'm not a cottage cheese fan but in recipes like this, it gets melty and creamy and good. It's so healthy and high in protein that I love that it's in here.
I used both pepperjack and cheddar cheese. The kids liked the cheddar better.
I know, it's not so pretty when it's all chopped up but it is HUGE and filling and super low in calories!
Quinoa and Ground Turkey Stuffed Peppers Recipe
Adapted from Carolynns Recipe Box
12 red, yellow or orange sweet peppers
1 1/2 cups cottage cheese
1/3 cup parmesan or asiago cheese, shredded
1 cup quinoa
1 can chicken broth
1 lb. ground turkey, extra lean
1 tbsp. garlic, minced
1 large onion, chopped
1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce
1 can water chestnuts, chopped
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. basil
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup cheddar or pepperjack cheese, shredded
Cut each pepper top off. Remove and discard seed core from each. If they won't sit upright, remove small slice from the bottom of each so it will sit up but not so that you make a hole in the bottom. Put them in a 9 x 13 in. pan and set aside.
Combine cottage cheese and parmesan in a small bowl, set aside.
Combine quinoa and chicken broth in medium pan, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, simmer, covered for 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
Meanwhile cook ground turkey and onion in a pan. Reduce heat to medium, add garlic and cook for a couple of minutes. Stir in tomato sauce, water chestnuts, oregano, basil and black pepper to taste. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in quinoa.
Stuff half of each pepper with some filling. Layer each with cottage cheese mixture, top each with remaining filling and then cheese on top. Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 - 25 minutes.
Total calories = 2650 calories
12 peppers = 221 calories per pepper
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