These Pizza Quinoa Stuffed Peppers have all the flavor and goodness of pizza…in a bell pepper! Pretty, delicious, and (mostly) healthy.
So, I recently turned 30.
I’m officially OLD.
All the more reason to watch what you eat, right? I feel like I’ve had a slightly obscene amount of sweets around here lately. The No Bake Peanut Butter Bars were especially damaging to my waistline.
Figured it was due time to have a savory recipe…and something slightly healthier. Slightly. We’ll just say it’s better than actual pizza. You have power packed quinoa, fresh basil, flavorful mushrooms. Oh yeah…and tons of cheese and pepperoni. Minor details. But it’s all packaged up in a sweet red bell pepper rather than greasy crust. So that’s a win.
This isn’t my first go-around with stuffing quinoa into a bell pepper. If you’re craving tex-mex, make sure to try my southwestern quinoa stuffed peppers. I think I loved this recipe even more than that recipe, though. These are moist on the inside and you get the gooey bits of fresh mozzarella, the slightly spicy pepperoni, and the fresh basil to keep things lively.
PS: I don’t claim to be a gluten-free expert…but these are gluten-free, right?
Verdict: Loved these! The filling was so flavorful and perfect.
Husband’s take: He approved. He liked this heathier take on pizza.
Changes I would make: None are necessary.
More great quinoa recipes:
Black Bean, Sweet Potato and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers from Ambitious Kitchen
Quinoa Mushroom Pilaf from Gluten-Free Goddess
Quinoa with Corn and Scallions from Just a Taste