Mario Lopez's Quinoa Stuffed Peppers-MainPhoto

Mario Lopez's Quinoa Stuffed Peppers-MainPhoto

If you’ve made a New Year’s Resolution to get 2014 off to a very healthy start and keep it that way, then Mario Lopez is here to help. Bright, colorful, and bursting with healthy ingredients…his recipe for Quinoa Stuffed Peppers is just what the diet doctor ordered. 

Eggplant, mushrooms, and of course, superfood quinoa will be right at home at your family’s dinner table; warm and delicious inside bright red peppers!

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Serves: 2 

2 red bell peppers
2 TSP olive oil
1 cup diced eggplant
1 cup sliced mushrooms
Pinch kosher salt
½ TSP black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 TSP fresh thyme
1 cup low sodium vegetable or chicken broth, divided
1 TBSP tomato paste
2 TBSP grated Parmesan or pecorino Romano cheese
½ cup cooked quinoa


  1. Lay peppers on their sides and trim the bottom to create a flat surface.
  2. Cut tops off of the peppers and scoop out the seeds; set aside
  3. Heat oil in a skillet, add eggplant, mushrooms, and onions, season with salt and pepper and sauté for 3 to 5 minutes until tender.
  4. Add garlic, thyme, ½ cup vegetable broth, and tomato paste and continue to cook for an additional 2 minutes
  5. Turn off heat and mix in cheese and quinoa.
  6. Fill each pepper with ½ of the quinoa mixture and transfer to a baking dish.
  7. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 15 minutes at 350º, remove foil and bake for 10 more minutes.