Living alone makes it difficult to be motivated enough to make a good meal. I decided stuffed peppers was one of the best meals to have for a dinner for one. You can substitute the quinoa with rice and the ground turkey with beef if you prefer. I have used many combinations with stuffed peppers. If you want to make this for a family, just increase the amount of meat and grains.
1/4 lb ground turkey
1/8 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup dry, rinsed quinoa
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1.5 cups of water or chicken broth
pinch of salt and pepper
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Cut top of the pepper off and place on foil lined cookie sheet. Place in the oven for about 15-20 minutes or until soft. Bring quinoa to a boil in water or chicken broth. Cover with lid and let simmer for 10-15 minutes or until fully cooked. Do not keep on heat after moisture is gone. I like to leave it a bit watered down if I still have other things to cook. I’ll set it on a cool burner and it will soak the rest up without being on the heat.
Heat a pan and oil on Med-High heat for 1-2 minutes. Add chopped onion and cook until caramelized, or starting to brown.
Add ground turkey to the pan and mix with the onion. Add pinch of salt, pepper and any other spices you desire.
Set quinoa aside when fully cooked. Should look like above photo. I also had made a little extra, so you may not have that much, which is perfect for one pepper.
Turn heat off. Add quinoa to the ground turkey mixture.
Remove pepper from the oven and begin to fill it with the quinoa and turkey mixture. Add cheese on top and place back into the oven for 5-10 minutes or until cheese has melted.
After you remove from the oven, be very careful moving it to a plate. It will be VERY hot. I use tongs to get it to the plate.
Place on a plate, cut it in half and enjoy! Let me know of your stuffed pepper combinations!