This is Halloween, this is Halloween. Halloween, Halloween!
That song will be in my head all day now…
You know we love our stuffed peppers, right?
Today I have another stuffed pepper, and another play on words. These jack o lantern peppers are fun (I make them every year), but the new filling is what I’m excited about!
Doesn’t that one look like a skeleton?
So. This filling. I started by juicing carrots and ginger.
Then. I cooked the quinoa with the carrot ginger juice.
I know, I know. I made that face too.
carrot-ginger quinoa pepper jacks
makes two stuffed peppers
gluten free, vegan, dairy free
1/2 cup dry quinoa (black for Halloween theme)
1 cup fresh carrot ginger juice
1 cup cooked black beans
2 orange bell peppers
*Juice 5 carrots and 1 inch piece ginger. Combine quinoa and juice, bring to boil. Reduce to simmer, cover and cook for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, carve your peppers. Combine cooked quinoa with black beans, salt to taste, fill peppers. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Serve over spinach salad.
*No juicer? Buy a bottle of carrot ginger juice – generally found in the chilled beverage section.
I want to cook all quinoa in juice from now on – it really adds vibrant flavor! These had a warm sweetness from the ginger and carrot, which balanced the pepper flavor well. It’s just an added bonus that they are whimsical and get me singing songs from a Tim Burton movie.
Do you carve pumpkins for Halloween? If not, perhaps a pepper?