Vegan Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

by Kelli on June 7, 2013

Vegan Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Lately I’m all about dinners that can (1) be prepared in advance (2) offer ample leftovers and (3) are full of veggies.  Life is really busy right now.  The kind of busy that’s almost on the verge of overwhelming, but thankfully not quite there.  I’m not complaining, though.  I really do like love being busy, and wouldn’t want it any other way.  I’m a million times more productive (and happy) when I have a jam-packed schedule.

Vegan Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Outside of working, I’m doing to my best to find balance between training for a half ironman, blogging, spending time with L and making time for my friends and family (preferably time that doesn’t include cycling, running, trying to convince friends to join me for a Bikram class, or showing up somewhere in sweaty workout clothes).

The biggest chunk of my free time right now is probably going to triathlon training (which is going well, and I’m really loving it).  My main race of the season (which involves a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run) is in early September, so I do have a fair amount of time but we all know how fast the summer tends to fly by.  Most mornings I’m up early to get in some cycling or a run before I head off to work, and in the evenings I make my way to the pool, get in a run if I didn’t do one in the morning or try to get to Bikram once a week.

When it comes to blogging, I decided it was important to me to continue consistently posting at least twice a week.  I’ll squeeze in time before my evening workout, or right after I get home, to edit photos, finish up posts, check social media and plan for the following week’s posts.  Maybe you noticed I didn’t mention cooking.

Vegan Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

As much as I’d love to be in the kitchen more during the week, these days most cooking happens over the weekend.

I try to plan most of my meals and snacks in advance, and fit in as much of my grocery shopping as possible over the weekend.  On Sundays I prep as much as I can for the week ahead – I prepare a big batch of oats, cut up fruit and veggies for salads and snacks, make a large bowl of quinoa, portion out breakfast and snack foods I plan to take to work.  Getting this all done at once saves a bundle of time during the week.

Vegan Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

These Quinoa Stuffed Peppers are the perfect meal for my on-the-go schedule!  I can make the stuffing (loaded with meaty black beans, protein-packed quinoa, spinach, tomatoes and fresh cilantro)  in advance, load up the peppers while the oven heats up and I have a “meaty”-meatless dinner on the table in under 30 minutes.  And if you love leftovers, you’ll love these Stuffed Peppers – they’re even better the second day.

Head over to Greatist to get my recipe for Vegan Quinoa Stuffed Peppers!

Vegan Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

 Enjoy!

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Tieghan June 7, 2013 at 8:29 AM

Love quinoa and love peppers!! What a great and healthy meal!! Must make these!

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Kelli June 7, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Thanks, Tieghan! Love finding super tasty dinners that are also super healthy!

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Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough June 9, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Super tasty AND super healthy? I love it! And I definitely need more of those for these busy summer weeks (though I can’t say it’s because I’m training for a triathlon… you go, lady!)

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Kelli June 10, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Thanks, friend! This meal definitely hits all the bases.

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Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking June 10, 2013 at 1:31 PM

These look so good, Kelli! I love making meatless meals once in a while and something like this would totally fool my taste buds, and my hubby’s too! Wonderful recipe, thanks for sharing. :)

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Kelli June 10, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Thanks, Georgia!

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Kassandra January 27, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Oh my goodness…I just want to say that this sounds almost EXACTLY my life right now and it feels so good to know that someone else out there feels the same way I do! I am training for a half marathon (my first…and possibly only)….and it seems as though all I do is try to find balance between spending time with my husband, and friends and family, without cutting in to my running, going to the gym, and going to bikram and flow yoga classes! Ditto on the grocery shopping, cooking, and meal prep too. I am so excited to try this recipe. My husband has been asking for stuffed peppers and these look perfect!

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Kelli January 27, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Congrats on training for your first half marathon….that’s so fantastic!! I know it seems totally overwhelming, but everything has a way of working out. I find that using a planner, sticking with a schedule, making lists and just keeping organized is what’s most helpful for me. Happy training and hope you guys enjoy the peppers!!

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Malli August 3, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Sounds very familiar to me……busy schedules, long commute and weekend meal planning has driven me out of my mind;) What a great meal-in-one!

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Kelli August 6, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Thank you, Malli!

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Denise August 6, 2014 at 3:56 AM

Hi

Can’t wait to try this tonight. Do i need to boil the quinoa first before stir frying it with the other ingredients ?

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Kelli August 6, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Yes, be sure to use cooked quinoa. Enjoy, Denise!

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