Easy Vegan Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

These vegan quinoa stuffed peppers make the perfect easy weeknight meal! They’re filled with quinoa and black beans for a hearty plant-based protein punch, and they’re whole food plant-based, gluten-free, and oil-free. Keep reading to see how to make vegan stuffed peppers the easy way!

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I’m new to the world of stuffed bell peppers, but in the short time that I’ve been experimenting with them, I have to admit that I’m impressed!

Stuffed peppers are pretty much a meal on their own since they usually combine whole grains, veggies, and even beans all in one recipe. But what’s even more impressive is that they’re fairly quick to make, especially when you know the fastest ways to cook the bell peppers!

For this healthy stuffed pepper recipe, I wanted to stick with the basics. I’m a huge fan of using ingredients that I already have on hand, so these peppers feature staple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen.

These easy quinoa stuffed peppers are:

  • Whole food, plant-based
  • Oil-free
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free
  • 100% delicious!

Let me show you how to make them.

How to Make Vegan Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Healthy vegan quinoa stuffed pepper

These healthy vegan stuffed peppers come together in 30 minutes for a quick dinner you can make any night of the week.

Ingredients

  • 5 bell peppers
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups baby spinach, rinsed and roughly chopped
  • ½ tsp. fine sea salt
  • Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Add the water to a medium pot and bring to a boil. Add the rinsed quinoa, cover with a lid, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes or until all the water is absorbed.
  2. Meanwhile, prep the bell peppers. Cut the tops off of the bell peppers and set them aside, and remove the seeds and fleshy ribs from inside the pepper. You should be left with a hollow cavity perfect for stuffing.
  3. Fill a large pot with 1-2 inches of water and place a steamer basket in the pot. Place the bell peppers with their tops into the steamer basket and cover the pot with a lid. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and steam the peppers for about 7-10 minutes or until tender.
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. When hot, add the onions and garlic and sauté until translucent, adding a tablespoon of water as needed to prevent the onions and garlic from sticking to the pan.
  5. Add the cooked quinoa, black beans, chopped spinach, salt, and pepper to the skillet with onions and stir until everything is combined and the spinach is lightly wilted.
  6. Stuff the peppers with the quinoa stuffing mixture and serve immediately.

3 Ways to Cook Bell Peppers for Stuffing

Easy vegan stuffed peppers

I’m a huge fan of quick-cook methods when I make stuffed bell peppers. Letting them cook in the oven for an hour just takes too long, so I prefer these three methods instead:

  • Steaming
  • Boiling
  • Microwaving

Steaming is the cooking method I used to make these quinoa stuffed peppers, but you can definitely give the other methods a try if they suit your needs better.

Steaming

Steaming your bell peppers is a healthy way to cook them so the nutrients remain inside the bell pepper. It’s a fairly quick cooking method too, since it only takes 7-10 minutes for the bell peppers to get tender.

To steam bell peppers, simply fill a large pot with 1-2 inches of water, place a steamer basket inside the pot, and add your bell peppers to the steamer basket. Bring the water to a boil, cover with a lid, reduce heat to a simmer, and steam for 7-10 minutes or until the peppers are tender.

Boiling

Boiling your bell peppers is another method to cook them quickly, but you do risk losing some nutrients when you pour out the cooking water.

To boil bell peppers, fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Gently lower the bell peppers into the water, boil for 5 minutes, then drain.

Microwaving

I haven’t actually tried microwaving my bell peppers yet, but I’ve seen several recipes that feature this quick cooking method.

To microwave bell peppers, stand them upright in a microwave-safe dish and add ¼ cup of water to the bottom of the dish. Place the dish in the microwave and cook 4-5 minutes or until the peppers are soft.

What to Serve with Vegan Stuffed Peppers

Plant-based stuffed peppers

If you’re anything like me, you might be wondering what to serve with stuffed peppers. Stuffed peppers are really a meal all on their own, but if you want to keep them from looking lonely on your plate, you can serve them with these delicious accompaniments:

What to Do with Leftover Bell Pepper Stuffing

Vegan quinoa stuffed peppers

Sometimes you might have a little bit of stuffing left over when you finish stuffing your bell peppers. Better to have too much than not enough, right?

Luckily, this bell pepper stuffing recipe has a versatile flavor, so you can save what’s left and use it in other dishes.

Here are some ideas for using leftover bell pepper stuffing:

  • Eat it plain. Simply put the stuffing in a bowl and eat it as-is!
  • Top it with sautéed vegetables. Create a grain bowl with the bell pepper stuffing as the base and top it with sautéed vegetables.
  • Top it with raw veggies. Create another grain bowl but this time use raw veggies instead of sautéed veggies to top the quinoa stuffing.
  • Add it to marinara sauce. Leftover bell pepper stuffing has a fantastic texture that mimics meat when you add it to marinara sauce, so it makes a perfect meatless spaghetti sauce.

More Thoughts on This Healthy Stuffed Pepper Recipe

This is definitely my favorite quinoa stuffed pepper recipe, and I just know you’ll love it as much as I do!

When you try it, please let me know how it turned out for you by leaving a comment below!

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Printable Recipe for Vegan Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Here’s a printable version of the vegan quinoa stuffed pepper recipe that you can print and keep for easy reference:

Plant-based stuffed peppers

Easy Vegan Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Summer Sebastian
These healthy vegan stuffed peppers come together in 30 minutes for a quick dinner you can make any night of the week! Oil-free, gluten-free, and whole food plant-based.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Vegan
Servings 5
Calories 222 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 5 bell peppers
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups baby spinach, rinsed and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. fine sea salt
  • pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Add the water to a medium pot and bring to a boil. Add the rinsed quinoa, cover with a lid, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes or until all the water is absorbed.
  • Meanwhile, prep the bell peppers. Cut the tops off of the bell peppers and set them aside, and remove the seeds and fleshy ribs from inside the pepper. You should be left with a hollow cavity perfect for stuffing.
  • Fill a large pot with 1-2 inches of water and place a steamer basket in the pot. Place the bell peppers with their tops into the steamer basket and cover the pot with a lid. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and steam the peppers for about 7-10 minutes or until tender.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. When hot, add the onions and garlic and sauté until translucent, adding a tablespoon of water as needed to prevent the onions and garlic from sticking to the pan.
  • Add the cooked quinoa, black beans, chopped spinach, salt, and pepper to the skillet with onions and stir until everything is combined and the spinach is lightly wilted.
  • Stuff the peppers with the quinoa stuffing mixture and serve immediately.

Notes

The calorie count for this recipe is approximate and should only be used for informational purposes.
Keyword healthy, oil-free, plant-based, quick, quinoa stuffed peppers, vegan, vegan stuffed peppers, wfpb
XO, Summer

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4 Comments

    1. 5 stars
      I also wanted to add that this was my first time trying to follow a plant-based recipe. Thanks for making it easy and using simple ingredients!! ♥️

      1. Lydia, I’m glad you enjoyed it! I’m all about simple ingredients. It seems like such a waste to buy ingredients you’ll only use for one recipe!

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