Tex-Mex Stuffed Peppers

Tex-Mex Stuffed PeppersConfession: I like quinoa. Really, really like quinoa. My quinoa obsession began innocently enough with a sale at the grocery store. Quinoa is very popular right now and purported to be some sort of ancient grain super-food from South America. I was curious, and decided to give it a try. As soon as I tried it, I was hooked, and trying every quinoa recipe I could get my hands on or dream up. These Tex-Mex stuffed peppers were one of the first dishes we tried, and have quickly become a household favorite.

To be honest, the first time I made these stuffed peppers, Luke was very skeptical. His past experiences with stuffed peppers were disappointing and bland. These peppers are anything but! Bright, colorful and bursting with flavor, Tex-Mex stuffed peppers exceeded all his expectations. Quinoa adds a delicate nutty flavor and delicate texture that takes stuffed peppers to a whole new level. Quinoa also has tons of protein compared to other grains- I’m not jumping on the “super food” bandwagon quite yet, but if you haven’t tried quinoa yet, you’re missing out. I’ve tried both red and white quinoa in these peppers. Red quinoa has more of a nutty flavor, while the flavor of white quinoa is more delicate. Personally, I like the look of the white quinoa in these stuffed peppers. In the photo below, the yellow pepper is stuffed with red quinoa while the red pepper is stuffed with white quinoa. They both look delicious.

Tex-Mex Stuffed Peppers

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Apple and Cucumber Quinoa Salad

Apple & Cucumber Quinoa Salad

After a long and rainy April, it seems like summer is finally here in Minnesota! The forecast predicts today will be 86 degrees and gloriously sunny, and I am enjoying every minute of the sunshine, blue skies, and bright May flowers. This weekend I’m boxing up the last of my sweaters to make room in my closet for sundresses and shorts, and exchanging my boots for sandals. My wardrobe isn’t the only thing that needed a change for spring- so did my menu. Winters in Minnesota call for soups and casseroles- something warm and hearty to fill you up and keep cozy on a chilly night. Spring calls for something bright and refreshing, like fruit or a colorful salad. I found both in this quinoa salad.

Have you ever been served something delicious and felt the need to rush home and recreate it? A few weeks ago, I attended a work event and was served the most delicious quinoa salad. It was colorful and packed with flavor, and much better than any quinoa salad I’d had before. I swung by the grocery store on my way home, determined to have the same amazing salad the next day. After several attempts (and many tasty, but not quite perfect, misses), I’m proud to share my version. This quinoa salad has only a handful of ingredients- most of them might already be in your pantry!

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