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Smoky quinoa stuffed peppers with Wootton White (or feta)

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Vegetarian mains

Smoky quinoa stuffed peppers with Wootton White (or feta)

Main Serves 2 55 min
A delectable, healthy vegetarian main of roasted peppers filled with paprika-spiced quinoa, tomatoes and cheese. Wootton White is an excellent light sheep's cheese with a salty tang, but feta works as well. Serve with whatever greens you have in your box – chard, spinach, spring greens or kale. Use Romano peppers (the long, tapering kind) if you can as they're a little more flavourful, but bell peppers are also fine.


  • 2 red Romano peppers, halved length-ways, seeds removed
  • oil for roasting and frying, e.g. vegetable
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 100g quinoa, rinsed under cold water
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • Wootton White or feta cheese
  • small handful fresh parsley, chopped
  • salt and pepper
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Prep time: 10 min
Cooking time: 45 min
  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 200°C/Gas 6. Put the peppers in a baking dish. Drizzle with a little oil. Season and roast.
  • Step 2

    Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a medium sized, heavy-based saucepan. Add the onion. Fry on a low heat for 8 minutes, stirring now and then to stop it catching. If it does start to catch, add a splash of water and turn the heat a little lower.
  • Step 3

    Add the garlic and quinoa to the onion. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the smoked paprika and tinned tomatoes. Refill the tin half full with water from the tap, pour that in too. Season.
  • Step 4

    Bring up to a low boil, then cook for 15 minutes, stirring regularly. Keep an eye on the liquid and the heat; you want the quinoa to absorb the liquid so you're left at the end with a risotto like consistency, but not for the pan to boil dry.
  • Step 5

    Once the quinoa has cooked, remove from the heat. Take the peppers out of the oven. Fill the cavities with the quinoa. Crumble over the cheese and sprinkle over the parsley.

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