As I discussed earlier this week, I am on the ball to start stick to a planning schedule as much as possible. So earlier this week I created a "meal plan" for the week and picked up the groceries for all the meals. Then this morning I completely forgot to take out the meat portion of last nights scheduled meal.
So I was very, very happy that I put Gimme Some Oven's - 5 Ingredient Mexican Quinoa Stuff Peppers on the meal plan for this week. It is a meatless meal that would be great for meatless monday's or busy families who don't want to run to the nearest fast food restaurant and stay on a healthier track.
The recipe is really simple and I was able to clean up the kitchen while the bell peppers were in the oven, which I love. The last thing I want to do is slave in the kitchen then have a huge mess to clean up after I am done. NO THANK YOU!
I had to substitute shredded cheddar cheese for the pepper jack cheese because I completely missed that on the recipe while at the store. I also didn't buy store salsa, it isn't really my cup of tea so I just put some diced onions and tomatoes with chopped cilantro, salt and pepper, and garlic powder for taste with a half a lime juice then just mixed it in with the mixture as I would've the salsa.
The peppers did take a little longer than the recommended time to cook so I either recommend putting either water at the bottom of the pan with the pepper or an additional baking pan with a few cups of water in it to help the peppers get tender faster, if you have this issue.
TIP: When cooking Quinoa use a chicken or veggie broth or season the water prior to putting the Quinoa in to cook, it helps tremendously with flavor.