So Last Monday, I decided to participate in Meatless Monday. It was a bit challenging since I didn’t have many options or ingredients for making certain dishes. However, I succeeded and I look forward to doing another Meatless Monday once I am done with my 7-Day BeachBody Clean Eating Plan (post about that coming soon). Below are items I prepared. I thoroughly enjoyed making the Mexican Stuffed Peppers (recipe at the bottom). They were very delicious and just enough to fill me up.
Anyone who is interested in incorporating a Meatless Monday into their plan, Pinterest will be your new best friend.
Mexican Stuffed Peppers (Recipe by Emily at One Lovely Life)
4 bell peppers (any color), sliced in half stem-to-tip, seeds removed
1c quinoa or brown rice, uncooked
½ medium onion, diced
1 (15oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 roma tomato, seeded and diced
1 (4oz) can diced green chiles (don’t drain)
¼c cilantro, minced
olive oil, if desired
½c Monterrey Jack, grated*
½c cheddar cheese, grated*
1 recipe red enchilada sauce (or 1 (28oz) can)*
1.Add quinoa/brown rice and onion to a large saucepan with 2 cups of water and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil 5 minutes, cover, turn off heat and let steam 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
2. In the meantime, microwave pepper halves 2-3 minutes to soften slightly. (Prepared this way, the peppers should come out crisp-tender. If you want them crisper, you can omit this step.)
3. Pour quinoa or brown rice/onion mixture into a mixing bowl. Stir in black beans, tomato, green chiles and their juices, cilantro, ¼ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp pepper. If the mixture seems to dry, drizzle in a bit of olive oil (I didn’t need any).
4. Pour enchilada sauce into a 9×13″ baking dish. Divide filling among peppers. Nestle stuffed peppers into the enchilada sauce. Sprinkle with cheeses.
5. Cover the pan with foil and bake at 375 degrees 25-30 minutes. Remove foil and cook about 5 minutes longer. Serve peppers drizzled with enchilada sauce.
I hope that you are enjoying your Monday and as always, thank you for checking out Love Sparks Strength.