Chicken & Quinoa Stuffed Peppers with Goat Cheese

Celebrity Chef Cheryl Najafi

Cheryl Najafi, Healthy Living Magazine, Recipes

Cheryl Najafi, Healthy Living Magazine, Recipes

When I have the Opportunity to Entertain my friends and family, I always prepare food that’s both playful and delicious. I want everyone to leave my house thinking, “Gosh, that meal was amazing—I don’t have to run home and immediately jump on the treadmill!” Therefore, I make a point to use omega-3-rich olive oil rather than vegetable oil for cooking, and protein-rich ingredients like quinoa and chickpeas for main courses.

Portion control can be a challenge when surrounded by delicious food! Therefore, I like to serve recipes like my chicken and quinoa stuffed peppers for the main course. They are gluten free, and you can easily eliminate the chicken by adding a heartier vegetable (think Portobello mushrooms) for your vegetarian friends. This recipe is easy to prepare, and the concept makes serving and portion control effortless in one colorful, neatly contained, mouthwatering package.

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Free Chicken & Quinoa Stuffed Peppers with Goat Cheese
What you’ll need: (makes 4 servings)

1 ½ c water
¾ c quinoa
½ tsp ground thyme
2 ½ tsp kosher salt, divided
1 ½ tsp ground black pepper, divided
2–6 oz boneless chicken breasts, chopped
2 tbsp garlic, minced
2 c spinach
½ c cherry tomatoes, quartered
½ c black olives, quartered
½ c goat cheese
¼ c Parmesan cheese, grated
4 yellow bell peppers parchment paper

• preheat oven to 350 degrees
• bring water to boil in medium saucepan
• add quinoa, thyme, 1 ½ t salt and ¾ t pepper
• cook quinoa about 15 minutes or until water is absorbed and quinoa is soft
• cook chopped chicken in sauté pan over medium heat, 10 minutes
• add garlic and cook 1 minute
• stir in spinach, cherry tomatoes and olives
• add quinoa
• stir in goat cheese and Parmesan cheeses
• cut tops off bell peppers, scrape out seeds and stuff with flling
• line baking sheet with parchment paper
• place peppers on baking sheet and bake 20 minutes

Cheryl Najafi, Healthy Living Magazine, Recipes

Cheryl Najafi, Healthy Living Magazine, Recipes

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Cheryl Says: “Forget the chicken and double the recipe to make this a vegetarian feast!”

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