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Quinoa and Chicken Sausage Stuffed Peppers. Healthy Make-ahead Dinner recipes

Quinoa and Chicken Sausage Stuffed Peppers

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8
Calories: 334kcal
Author: Organize Yourself Skinny

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1.5 pounds chicken Italian sausage links about 6 links, casing removed.
  • 1 10-ounce package sliced mushrooms
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic grated
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ - 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • ½ cup grated romano/parmesan blend cheese
  • 1 14.5 ounce canned diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 ½ cup shredded sharp cheddar divided
  • 8 bell peppers tops cut off and seeds removed.
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a 4 - 6 quart pot, over medium heat, heat up the olive oil.
  • Add in the chicken sausage links and break apart with a spatula as they cook.
  • After the sausage is browned, but still a little pink, stir in the mushrooms and onions. Break the mushrooms into pieces with a spatula and cook the vegetables until soften.
  • Stir in the italian seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, pepper, quinoa, romano/parmesan blend cheese, drained diced tomatoes, and 1 cup of shredded cheese. Stir all the ingredients together and let it simmer for about 5 minutes. Give the stuffing a taste for seasoning and if it needs more salt stir it in.
  • Stuff each pepper to the top with stuffing. Divide the rest of the shredded cheese among the stuffed peppers.
  • Place the stuffed peppers into a 9 x13 dish and pour the chicken stock on the bottom.
  • Bake for 40 minutes or until peppers are tender and stuffing is heated through.
  • Serve hot.

Notes

Sugar: 2 grams
Make-ahead tips
The peppers can be made completely ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. You can also freeze them prepared up to 3 months.
If you freeze the peppers before you bake them then make sure to thaw completely before baking in the oven. You could put in frozen but will need to add on considerable time for them to cook fully. If they are thawed then proceed with cooking instruction but you might need to add on a few minutes if the peppers are cold.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 334kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Fiber: 8g