Spinach Artichoke Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers

These Spinach Artichoke Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers are a part of my master plan to be more spontaneous.

Spinach Artichoke Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers – Easy, budget-friendly, and delicious! @wellplated

I can see it on my agenda now: Wednesday night, 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. – Do something unknown and mildly reckless. Be home in time for dinner.

Have I mentioned that I am dependent upon my calendar app?

While it’s romantic to think of myself as the go-where-the-wind-takes-me/fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants sort, the truth is, I like having a master plan to guide my day. When we go out, I make reservations. Before I head to the grocery store, I write a shopping list. Our entire travel schedule is recorded from now through December. Romantic or not, ad libbing is not my style.

Which is why, when Ben called to tell me that he’d found a last-minute deal on tickets to New York City and my response was, “BOOK THEM!” I surprised us both. We leave in less than two weeks, and half of the trip is still unplanned. Who am I?

Spinach Artichoke Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers – An easy and healthy recipe. We can’t get enough! @wellplated

Of course, I also promptly made a Google doc with all of our flight information and the reservations I’ve booked thus far. Let’s call me a free spirit in progress.

Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers – Everyone’s favorite dip, turned into a quick and healthy meal! @wellplated

In an act of mild spontaneity (I’m a work in progress, remember?), I headed into the kitchen with an uncharacteristically loose vision for these quinoa stuffed bell peppers. I wanted to marry everyone’s favorite spinach and artichoke dip with one of my favorite easy dinners, Chicken Quinoa Crock Pot Stuffed Peppers. I didn’t have the recipe fully written out, but I had a hunch it was going to be delicious. I was right.

Spinach Artichoke Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers – An easy to make, healthy, balanced meal! @wellplated

The peppers are tender on the outside, the filling is gooey and cheesy on the inside, and thanks to the addition of Greek yogurt in place of the mayo you’ll find in classic spinach artichoke dip, this recipe is light and healthy too. To keep the stuffed bell peppers extra budget-friendly and fast to prepare, I used frozen spinach, though fresh will certainly work too.

As written, these Spinach Artichoke Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers are vegetarian, but you can feel free to add sautéed ground chicken or turkey to the recipe if you like. The leftovers reheat well, so feel free to pack them for lunch, or double the recipe for an easy meal that lasts all week.

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Spinach Artichoke Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers

Spinach Artichoke Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers. Bell peppers stuffed with quinoa, mozzarella, spinach and artichokes. Easy, budget-friendly, and delicious!

Yield: 10 stuffed halves

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

 
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa or rice, thoroughly rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups reduced sodium vegetable stock (or sub water—slightly less flavorful)
  • 5 large red, yellow or orange bell peppers, halved, seeds and membranes removed
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 20 ounces spinach leaves, fresh or frozen (if using frozen, thaw and thoroughly press dry)
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained chopped
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 cup freshly grated part skim Mozzarella, provolone, or similar melty Italian cheese
  • 1/2 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt

Directions:

  1. Add quinoa and vegetable stock to a saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat, cover, and simmer until the liquid is absorbed, about 12 minutes. Remove from the heat, fluff with a fork, then cover and let sit for 15 additional minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking dish. Arrange the peppers in the dish, cut sides up.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large, deep saute pan over medium high. If using fresh spinach, add the spinach in small handfuls, stirring as it wilts down, until you have added all of the leaves. If using frozen spinach, add it in a few larger handfuls, breaking up any clumps of leaves as you go.
  4. To the skillet, add the garlic, basil, salt, and pepper. Let cook 30 seconds, then add the artichoke hearts and cook until warmed through. Remove from the heat. Stir in the quinoa, parsley, 2/3 cup of the cheese, then the Greek yogurt.
  5. Generously stuff the peppers with the quinoa filling. Lightly coat a sheet of foil larger enough to cover the peppers with cooking spray, then cover the dish with foil, spray-side down. Bake for 30 minutes at 375 degrees, covered, then remove foil, sprinkle the remaining 1/3 cup cheese over the top, and continue baking 5-10 additional minutes, until peppers are cooked to desired tenderness and the cheese is melted. Serve warm.

Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Reheat in a 350 degree oven until heated through, about 20 minutes, or rewarm gently in the microwave.

All images and text ©/Well Plated.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 stuffed half

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 215
  • Total Fat: 4g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 2mg
  • Sodium: 355mg
  • Carbohydrates: 39g
  • Fiber: 11g
  • Sugar: 15g
  • Protein: 8g

About Erin Clarke

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19 comments

  1. Um, can I please request a slot on your calendar app?!

  2. Yummm!!! great flavor combo (:

  3. Hey girl this looks really good!

  4. i made these last night–they were delicious!

  5. I love Spinach and Artichoke Dip, this looks like a great recipe to try. Tasty!!!

  6. These were delicious! I love the balance you have on your blog and the way you create food that is healthy without feeling depriving! I’ve never commented before, but I just wanted to let you know that I love your creations and your approach to cooking/baking/all things delicious 👍😊

  7. Hi Erin,
    I just wanted to let you know that I made these tonight and they were the bomb.com! I cannot wait for lunch tomorrow. Thanks for continually making healthy and tasty dishes!

  8. AMAZING!!! These will go in my regular rotation for sure! I used whole wheat pearl couscous instead of quinoa because it is what I had and I wanted to keep things budget friendly. Still delicious! Thanks for the great recipe!

  9. I loved these! One suggestion I’d have is to boil the peppers for 5 minutes before stuffing/cooking them. I realize it’s a personal preference, but I like them a little softer. The flavor was great, I’d definitely make these again. Thanks for the recipe!

  10. I agree with Anna, but when I make peppers, I slice them into strips and then boil or microwave for easier eating, and I would use a loaf pan and slice servings

  11. Your recipe is so yummy. I stuffed a couple portabello mushrooms with it also. Amazing. Thank you.

    Rating: 5
    • Hi April! Thank you so much. I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe, and using mushrooms sounds like a great idea! I really appreciate your taking the time to leave this great review!

  12. Delicious. I added ground turkey.

    • That’s a great addition, Chris! I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks for sharing your tweak and this wonderful review!

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