Cheesy Stuffed Chicken Sausage Quinoa Peppers

Eat the rainbow, with these stuffed peppers recipe, Cheesy Stuffed Chicken Sausage Quinoa Peppers, a fabulous and healthy weeknight meal. Great enjoyed as leftovers, too.

Cheesy Stuffed Chicken Sausage Quinoa Peppers

Friends, we made it through 2017 with so many blessings in our lives, it’s hard to count them. Not every day was perfect, there are always struggles that we face, but with a positive attitude, prayer, and gratitude—it seems that everything works itself out. And we learn and grow.

Cheesy Stuffed Chicken Sausage Quinoa Peppers

The saying, never be afraid to sit awhile and think … has a story for me. But first, enjoy these Cheesy Stuffed Chicken Sausage Quinoa Peppers for a lovely weeknight meal. Make ahead, following all the steps to the very end. Go on a family walk! Back to broiling the cheese on top; ready to serve!

On a beautiful day, our family of 5 walked up to a nearby landing, to enjoy the view with the kids. As we enjoyed watching our puppies running around, in the bitter cold, my husband slowed us down and set his watch for 3 minutes.

Cheesy Stuffed Chicken Sausage Quinoa Peppers

Here, for 3 minutes, the 5 of us sat in silence, overlooking nature.

Let me just say, this was the best 3 minutes. Thoughts became brighter, my heart became more joyful, gratitude welled up in my soul.

The quieter you become, the more you can hear!

Our world, spinning so fast around us, but when we slow down, God speaks in the silence of the heart.

It may seem small, but that was a little gift I was given on this day. Even on family walks, there’s so much commotion, as we’re all talking, having fun, laughing, meeting other people on the path, constantly chatting about our dogs (ha), and just having fun as a family!

This is an exercise I think families need more of!

Cheesy Stuffed Chicken Sausage Quinoa Peppers

And then home to these Cheesy Stuffed Chicken Sausage Quinoa Peppers, easy to prepare.

Cheesy Stuffed Chicken Sausage Quinoa Peppers

Make ahead, cooking the peppers and quinoa. Make the meat mixture.

Cheesy Stuffed Chicken Sausage Quinoa Peppers

Prepare up to the last step where you pop them under the broiler.

Cheesy Stuffed Chicken Sausage Quinoa Peppers

Broil for 5 minutes, until the cheese is melted.

Serve and enjoy!

I love how simple family meals can be, and honestly, when we’re all loving each other and having fun together, there’s so much appreciation for the good things in life.

Food is one of those good things.

Cheesy Stuffed Chicken Sausage Quinoa Peppers

Cheesy Stuffed Chicken Sausage Quinoa Peppers
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Cheesy Stuffed Chicken Sausage Quinoa Peppers

Easy way to make quinoa is in the rice cooker on "white rice" setting. 1:1 ratio; 1 cup of quinoa to 1 cup of water!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Servings: 6 -8

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 pound chicken Italian sausage links about 6 links, casing removed. (I buy at Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic grated
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning I use DeLallo
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 ½ cups grated mozzarella cheese blend I buy “lite” from Trader Joe’s, divided
  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 4 large bell peppers tops cut off and seeds removed (use a variety of colors)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Toppings: sour cream and cilantro

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Precook the quinoa according to package directions.
  • Place the peppers in a 9x13 pan, cut sides facing up, and bake until tender, 20-25 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large saute pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until soft, 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the chicken sausage, breaking apart with a spatula, and cook until cooked through, 5-6 mintues. Drain off the fat; season with Italian seasoning.
  • Add in the cooked quinoa, drained tomatoes, and 1 cup cheese to the meat mixture; salt and pepper to taste. Stir and cook for about 5 minutes; add the fresh squeezed lime; stir more.
  • Remove the peppers from the oven; drain off any liquid. Switch the heat over to BROIL.
  • Divide the meat into each pepper half; sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup cheese on top of the peppers.
  • Place the peppers back into the 9x13 pan.
  • Broil 3-5 minutes until cheese is melted on top!
  • Serve hot with sour cream and fresh chopped cilantro!

More stuffed pepper recipes: Taco-Stuffed Peppers Recipe [with VIDEO + awesome if you love tacos!], Low-Carb Sausage Pepperoni Pizza Stuffed Peppers [Kalyn’s Kitchen], Baked Eggs in Stuffed Peppers [Foodie Crush].

Cheesy Stuffed Chicken Sausage Quinoa Peppers

9 comments on “Cheesy Stuffed Chicken Sausage Quinoa Peppers”

  1. When do you add the diced tomatoes?

    • Hi, Katie. You add the tomatoes in with the quinoa and cheese to the meat mixture! I aadded that into the directions :) Thanks!

  2. I didn’t see when the diced are to be added in recipe steps.

    • Hi, Maria. You add the tomatoes in with the quinoa and cheese to the meat mixture! I aadded that into the directions :) Thanks!

  3. Hi, Sandy!

    ‘Always love the family photos and outings :)

    I’d like to request that you provide the nutrional breakdown of your dishes ~ I think most of us would be very appreciative! 

    Thanks,
    LeAnn

  4. oh how true that is….to take time to really listen. On days when I have moments where I’m the only one home….I turn off the TV, turn off the music and just let silence be present. Or driving in the car, sometimes I just crave silence. Even if I’m on the computer, there’s just something about silence that brings a calm and a rest to my spirit.

    these peppers look yummy too. :)

  5. I just chose my word of 2018 this week and shared it on my blog. I encouraged my readers to share their words as they started creating them. One of the words chosen was “listen”. This activity is perfect for truly listening! I already shared it with her to try. I’m always excited to read through your posts and hear all your words of wisdom. I want to be like you when I grow up! :)

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