This is a very healthy, vegetarian main course with lots of protein from the chickpeas and quinoa. The flavors in this recipe are a blend of Persian and Mediterranean. Very easy to make and super satisfying! This freezes really well for a dinner or lunch later on (goat cheese and all!)

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 4 servings
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish with olive oil.

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  • Bring water and quinoa to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender and water has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Mix garbanzo beans, stewed tomatoes, walnuts, raisins, white parts of green onions, lemon juice, chili powder, garlic powder, mint, and cinnamon together in a bowl; stir in cooked quinoa.

  • Arrange red bell pepper halves, hollow-side facing upwards, in the prepared baking sheet. Spoon quinoa mixture into each red bell pepper half.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until bell peppers are tender, about 30 minutes. Spoon a few teaspoons of drippings from the bottom of the baking dish over each stuffed pepper; top each with 1 tablespoon goat cheese and green parts of green onions.

Nutrition Facts

469 calories; protein 16.3g 33% DV; carbohydrates 78.5g 25% DV; fat 12.4g 19% DV; cholesterol 6.9mg 2% DV; sodium 654.2mg 26% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
02/18/2014
I made this dish according to the recipe except for leaving out the walnuts and raisins and I loved it! The combination of seasonings and flavors was delicious the goat cheese was just the right topping and I found it very filling. I used two small bell peppers so had some of the filling left over. I put it over hummus and it was great that way as well. I will definitely make this dish again. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/22/2017
Even with added cheese and spices this recipe turned out bland and was not a favourite. I will not make this again. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
02/17/2014
I made this dish according to the recipe except for leaving out the walnuts and raisins and I loved it! The combination of seasonings and flavors was delicious the goat cheese was just the right topping and I found it very filling. I used two small bell peppers so had some of the filling left over. I put it over hummus and it was great that way as well. I will definitely make this dish again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/07/2018
I wanted to add a comment to my earlier review... I first made this a few years ago when my vegetarian daughter and soon-to-be step-daughter were visiting us. As they are both vegetarian I try to find some new recipes to try when they are around. This was so good that I decided to use it for a dish at our wedding to offer something substantial for our vegetarian/vegan guests. I gave the recipe to our caterer and he made it leaving the goat cheese aside as a topping (a courtesy for the vegan crowd). It turned out pretty good except that he used GREEN peppers instead of red or orange! (Probably less expensive) Noooo... it s just not the same! You MUST use red or orange peppers. If I had tried this with green the first time I would not have been as impressed. The taste is just not right. This recipe is perfect as is. Don t change it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/05/2014
Used shelled pistachios chopped up... with some fine ground walnuts (1 tsp) black beans instead of chick peas. Used a few blueberries in place of raisin. Cooked the quinoa in vegetable broth instead of water (as always). Slice of provolone cheese on top of the pepper half. (last 10 minutes of oven time). Tasted very good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/13/2014
The recipe said 2 peppers but the shopping list said 3. Three was perfect and the flavours were fantastic. I will make this again when company is coming for dinner. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/17/2013
I tried this recipe using dried cranberries instead of raisins. Absolutely wonderful! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2014
Absolutely delicious! I also used cranberries instead of raisins and it turned out wonderful! It's flavourful and really easy to make. This is going to be a regular meal for us. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/10/2016
I made this dish for a dinner party of 6. It was easy and was very impressive. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/31/2015
This is a very good recipe. The proportions are correct and it has a good flavor. I liked it because it is a little different from what you usually see with green peppers. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/22/2017
Even with added cheese and spices this recipe turned out bland and was not a favourite. I will not make this again. Read More