Taco inspired Stuffed Peppers with ground turkey and quinoa

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Ok so here is the not so recipe, recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • Bell peppers 4-6
  • 1/2 cup cheese (whatever you like)
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups black beans
  • 2 cups salsa (Chipotle Salsa Trader Joe’s)
  • Trader Joe’s Taco seasoning or other
  • 1 -2 cups quinoa (cooked)
  • 2 small shallots (or onion)

I only made 3 peppers and I chose red, green and yellow. I have never made this recipe before. It was inspired by another recipe I saw so I just put my own spin on it. I cooked the quinoa in chicken stock instead of water … it taste better that way. I did not blanch the peppers 1st but after reading more recipes, that is what I recommend. Blanch in hot water for 3 minutes. It will help the peppers to cook faster in the oven. Cut off the tops and take out the inside. Leave the top for garnishment.

  1. Cook ground turkey and season with taco seasoning and a little salt
  2. Add chopped shallots, Stir
  3. Add beans (canned are ok), Stir
  4. Add salsa, Stir
  5. Add quinoa, Stir
  6. Add cheese and save a little to sprinkle on top
  7. Spray peppers with coconut oil spray or other spray or EVOO
  8. Add filling and sprinkle cheese
  9. Cook in 350 degree oven for 25 minutes or until peppers are tender
  10. Serve with remaining filling

 

 

Turkey Meatballs with Black Beans

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Basic Recipe:

Preheat oven to 375. Bake meatballs for 22 minutes.

Season ground turkey with everything you have. No one likes bland food. I used garlic, black pepper, salt and Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning.

Sauté  onion, green pepper, red pepper and spinach after spraying the pan with Coconut Oil Spray or whatever you have. I use the fire roasted frozen veggies from Trader Joe’s and added spinach. Use what you have!!

After the veggies have cooled off, I chopped them up very well and added them to the seasoned ground turkey mix. I do not like touching the meat with my hands, so I scoop it up with a TB and place in glass baking dish that I sprayed with Coconut Oil spray. You do not have to because the ground turkey will produce its own fat!

Look for can black beans that contain low sodium. I seasoned the beans with cumin only. I only ate 1/2 cup of black beans

That’s is. Simple, quick, delicious! Modify as you see fit and let me know how yours turned out!