So, I’m super pumped about sharing this recipe with y’all because I’ve been wanting to try it five-ever. Look how cuuute it is! ALSO, its healthy and easy, so I think y’all will love it as much as I do.
Besides it’s pod-like cuteness, one thing I really love about my recipe adaption ( original recipe for 6 servings by Damn Delicious… ya know, if you’re cool & actually have friends ) is the fact that it is for One! So, if you’re kinda a loser / single / loner sometimes ( like me ), I got ya covered. Or, if you simply wanna make yourself a little lunch / dinner with minimal clean up, I got ya too.
One Pepper is about 350 Cals & contains about 13 g’s of Protein.
Before I spill the secrets on this recipe, I want to share some Quinoa Benefits ( found on Mind. Body. Green. )
Quinoa is relatively simple to make, super healthy ( obviously, its a superfood ), & can last you awhile in the fridge ( << always a plus for me ). I love foods that I can whip up big portions of, store in the fridge, & use throughout the week. Quinoa’s versatility lends itself well to a TON of different recipes.
*Sidenote: I discovered the health / weight-loss benefits of Magnesium via The Skinny Confidential’s ( aka: my blogger muse / crush ) post here. A must-read.*
Alright, so, I’ll stop rambling and get down to business.
Here’s what you’ll need for my recipe adaption for one:
- 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
- 1/4 cup corn kernels
- 1/4 cup black beans, drained & rinsed
- A couple little baby tomatoes, chopped into fourths
- About a tablespoon of diced onion
- About a tablespoon of diced jalapeño ( remove seeds, duh )
- Tablespoon of shredded cheddar cheese ( or more, if ya want )
- Tablespoon of fresh, chopped cilantro
- Dash of Lime Juice
- Dash of Cumin
- Dash of Garlic Powder
- Dash of Chili Powder
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- 1 Bell Pepper ( whatever color you like best ) hollowed out & little top cut off to make a lid
» Preheat oven to 350° & line a small baking dish with parchment paper.
» In a small bowl, combine the Quinoa, Corn, Black Beans, Tomatoes, Onion, Jalapeño, Cheese, Cilantro, Lime Juice, Cumin, Garlic & Chile Powder, salt & pepper, and mix all together.
» Spoon the filling into the Bell Pepper cavity ( it should be heaping and falling over the sides) & place your little lid on top.
» Place the pepper in / on baking dish cavity side up and put your little lonely pepper in the oven ( I’ll admit: it looks sad in there all alone ) to bake for 30 minutes or until the filling is baked through & pepper is tender.
» Have a little fiesta for one & serve immediately ( Tequila optional, though encouraged ) !!
Also optional :: Add This Homemade Salsa to make your fiesta a little more lively.
I mean, seriously, how cute n’ fun is this little pep? Obviously you can adapt this recipe to be for multiple people. Just use those super important math skills that you learned in 2nd grade & double or triple ( or whatever ) the recipe to fit your needs.
I absolutely love this flavor combo ( kinda chipotle-esque ), so you’ll probably be seeing it a lot on ROAWO ( found here already !! ). This produce-based recipe is filled with the vitamins & minerals ( and protein! ) that your body needs without the meat or gluten, so it is vegetarian- & gluten-friendly as well.
Remember to use organic produce & grains for the best & healthiest lunch ( or dinner )!
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