Quinoa Bell Pepper Poppers

A party is possibly the hardest place to be when you're on a quest to live a healthy lifestyle. Despite the fact that all the cookies, cakes, and fried finger-foods taste delicious, most people report not feeling very well afterwards. And for a good reason! Nothing about those foods is beneficial to your body.

Yes, parties are notorious for being the kingdom of snack foods. However, they don't have to be. If you're looking for your dish to be the talk of the party, start with this recipe below. This dish is loaded with essential nutrients and is packed with tons of flavor. You may even be able to trick people into thinking it belongs at the junk food table.

Recipe:

Mini bell peppers; sliced in half length-wise and deseeded.

1 C quinoa; cooked

½ pound choice meat (ground turkey, shredded chicken, grass fed ground beef)

1 can black beans; rinsed

½ C salsa

1 C mozzarella cheese; divided between ¾ and ¼ cups

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp garlic powder

Preheat oven to 350* F

In a large mixing bowl combine cooked quinoa, meat, beans, salsa, ¾ C cheese, cumin, chili powder, onion powder, and garlic powder. Mix well.

Line mini bell peppers on cookie sheet and fill with quinoa mixture. Lightly top with remaining cheese and bake for 15-20 minutes.

Serve warm.


Photos for Foundation c/o Lori Romney Photography

kyli is studying to be a holistic practitioner and is a certified wellness coach. her love for health blossomed when she was diagnosed with crohn's disease at age 12 and has really taken off the last 4 years as she's studied food and the relationship it has with our bodies. she is currently a stay at home mom, health blogger, and working toward her phd in natural medicine. visit www.cleaneatingisthenewpink.com to find out more.