Stuffed Red Pepper with Quinoa and Chickpeas


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!)

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
4 servings


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil, or as needed

  • 1 ⅓ cups water

  • cup quinoa

  • 1 (16 ounce) can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed

  • 1 (16 ounce) can stewed tomatoes (such as Del Monte® Stewed Tomatoes with Onions, Celery, and Green Peppers)

  • ¼ cup walnut pieces

  • ½ cup golden raisins

  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced, white parts and tops separated

  • ½ lemon, juiced

  • ½ teaspoon chili powder

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¼ teaspoon dried mint leaves

  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon

  • 2 large red bell peppers, halved lengthwise, seeds and membrane removed

  • ¼ cup crumbled goat cheese


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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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 (per serving)

469 Calories
12g Fat
79g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 469
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 654mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 79g 29%
Dietary Fiber 13g 46%
Total Sugars 21g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 132mg 660%
Calcium 185mg 14%
Iron 6mg 35%
Potassium 1133mg 24%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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