Quinoa stuffed peppers

5 December 2023

This quinoa stuffed peppers recipe is full of fibre and carbohydrates meaning it can keep our gut healthy, as well as providing us with plenty of energy for the day.

Nutritional highlights

Quinoa is a great addition to our diet, as it can provide all essential amino acids as well as providing us with the important nutrient iron.

Iron is needed for our red blood cells to carry oxygen around our body. The combination of quinoa and peppers is important as peppers are very high in vitamin C which is needed for our bodies to absorb iron making them the perfect pair. 

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Makes 4 servings
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 35 minutes

  • 4 peppers 
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 small aubergine, chopped into small pieces
  • 200g pouch of quinoa or 75g dried quinoa
  • 2 tbsp sundried tomato paste
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, diced
  • 400g can of sweetcorn, drained
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • Bunch basil, chopped


Cut the tops off the peppers and keep them to one side. Remove the seeds and any white flesh from inside. Chop any offcuts into small pieces and set aside.

Heat the olive oil in a pan and heat the oven to 200˚C/180˚C fan/gas mark 6. Cook the onion for 8-10 minutes until it is soft. Stir in the garlic, pepper offcuts, aubergine, cherry tomatoes and sweetcorn, then cook for 10 minutes until soft. Add a splash of water if the pan begins to look dry. Season with chili powder.

Squeeze the pouch of quinoa to break them up (if using uncooked quinoa follow cooking instructions and then add to pan when cooked) and tip into the pan with the tomato paste. Stir for 1-2 minutes to warm through, then remove from heat and add lemon juice and basil.

Fill each pepper with the quinoa mixture. Replace the lids and place the peppers in a deep roasting tin. Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes, then remove the foil and cook uncovered for the final 10. The peppers should be soft and the filling piping hot.

Healthy tips

  • 30g of dried quinoa will be about 80g when cooked.
  • You can also add some grated vegan cheese on top, if you wanted some extra flavour.
Calories:  Fat:  Saturates:  Total Sugar:  Salt: 
266kcal 8g 1.4g 16.4g 0.34g