Stuffed Quinoa Bell Peppers


    • 6 red bell peppers
    • 3/4 cup brown quinoa
    • 1 onion, diced
    • 2 cloves garlic, mined
    • 1 zucchini, grated
    • 1 large carrot, grated
    • 1 celery stalk, diced
    • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
    • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper


    • Preheat oven to 350 F.
    • Cut the tops off each pepper, cleaning out the stem portion and seeds. Stand them upright in a casserole dish and set aside.
    • Cook rice until partially cooked (about three quarters of the way).
    • Warm 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for two minutes. Add zucchini, carrot, celery, rice, thyme, oregano, paprika and cayenne. Sauté about 5 minutes or until veggies are tender.
    • Stuff peppers with the rice mixture. Pour 1/4 cup water in the bottom of the casserole dish so the peppers don’t stick to the bottom while cooking. Drizzle 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil over peppers and season with sea salt and black pepper.
    • Cover and bake for approximately 45 to 50 minutes.
    Peggy Kotsopoulos is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Health Educator, and Culinary Consultant focused on teaching REAL health through lifestyle and dietary choices that are easy and delicious. She whips up healthy and delicious meals on her own TV show Peggy K’s Kitchen Cures on Z Living. Originally working in investments in Toronto, Canada, Peggy found her true passion for nutrition and healthy eating by bringing her own guilt-free goodies to corporate meetings as an alternative to bagels and danishes. As colleagues and clients became intrigued, Peggy started leading seminars and founded a company-wide corporate wellness program. Seven years later, Peggy followed her passion to the United States where she became certified as a Health Educator, and graduated from Living Light Culinary Arts Institute in California. She is the founder of beVibrant consulting in Toronto, where she develops wellness programs for large corporate clients, schools, and food establishments. Peggy is the resident nutritionist for CBC’s Steven and Chris show, and has been featured in major publications including Fitness Magazine, Shape and Yahoo! Shine.