I don’t know if you ever try new recipes on your honey just to see his reaction but I do. Often. It’s fun.
I sometimes dabble in the vegan world so I like to try a new recipe every now and then. I stumbled across a Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers recipe on My Whole Foods Life site.
I have modified the quinoa Stuffed Peppers recipe somewhat because this author is originally from Boston, has small kids and therefore, afraid of spices! I, on the other hand, love to experiment with spices to make the dish as flavorful as possible.
So by all means if you are from a land where spices are tame or are making this for kids, follow her recipe. For the adventurous, get ready…
1. Prepare the Cashews
You definitely have to plan ahead for this one because the cashews have to soak overnight. You need 2 cups. After you have done this, the little nuts explode!
2. Cook the Quinoa
I love hearing Sam try to say quinoa. He says “quin-o-a” or “keen-o-wa” or eventually, the phonetically correct “keen-wa.” It always takes him awhile to get there.
I use a rice cooker but you can make them on the stove. I don’t know how to cook them on the stove. I bought organic, rainbow quinoa. Isn’t it pretty?
Here it is cooked. You need 2 1/2 cups of cooked quinoa.
3. Rinse the Beans
I used 2 cans. You have to rinse them because you don’t want any extra liquid in the stuffing and the goo is kind of gross.
4. Make Fake Cheese
Well vegans know that a lot of us have a passion for cheese. I know I do. So they make up creative ways to substitute this beautiful omission. Here’s what you need.
In a food processor, put the puffed up cashews, 1 cup of water, 1/2 cup of nutritional yeast, 1 tablespoon each of onion powder, garlic powder, basil, parsley, and oregano plus a little salt. (This is an adaption of My Whole Food Life’s Vegan Pizza Cheese.)
Add all ingredients.
Blend until smooth. Really smooth. Smooth like Barry White.
5. Put the Stuffing Together
In a large mixing bowl, add quinoa, black beans, fake cheese, a spoonful of minced garlic, a cup of diced onion. Now here’s where I went crazy. I added some of Mrs. Dash’s Southwest Seasoning, smoked paprika, a few dashes of liquid smoke, salt and pepper.
Stir it all up. I was a little concerned about how the Italian seasoned fake cheese would mesh with the southwest flavors that I added but I can tell you that next time, I will add more of the SW seasonings.
6. Get 5-6 Colorful Peppers
I buy packages of 6 from Sam’s but these were a little smaller than the pack I bought last so I was able to fit all of them into the slow cooker.
Take the peppers and see how many will fit into our slow cooker. That’s how many you are going to make. Obviously.
7. Cut the Tops off the Peppers
The first time I made these, I cut just around the stem and pulled the inside stuff and seeds out. This time I followed her directions more carefully and cut bigger openings. So much easier!
8. Stuff the Peppers
Put a little water in the bottom of your slow cooker and then put the peppers in.
I used a small spoon to fit inside the pepper and then packed down the stuffing as I went.
I used all the mix because I wanted to. The first batch wasn’t piled quite so high.
Here’s the complete recipe.
- 5-6 Colorful Peppers
- 2 cups cashews (soaked overnight)
- 1 cup of water
- 1/2 cup of nutritional yeast
- 1 tablespoon each of onion powder, garlic powder, basil, parsley, and oregano
- 2 1/2 cups of cooked quinoa
- 2 cans of black beans
- 1 cup diced onions
- minced garlic (spoonful)
- 1 Tbsp Mrs. Dash's Southwest Chipotle seasoning (or chili powder)
- 1 Tbsp Smoked paprika
- A few dashes of liquid smoke
- salt and pepper
- Soak 2 cups of cashews overnight
- Cook quinoa on stove or in rice cooker
- Rinse black beans
- In food processor make cheese sauce by mixing until smooth: cashews, water, nutritional yeast, onion powder, garlic powder, basil, parsley, oregano, and salt.
- Put stuffing together in a large mixing bowl: cheese sauce, cooked quinoa, black beans, diced onions, minced garlic, Mrs. Dash's Southwest Chipotle seasoning (or chili powder), Smoked paprika, liquid smoke, salt and pepper.
- Cut tops off peppers
- Put a little water in bottom of a slow cooker and place peppers in
- Stuff peppers
- Cook 3-4 hours on high
Unless you have 5-6 people that you are feeding, you are going to have leftovers. I cut them in half and then half again and pop in the microwave for about 2 1/2 minutes. They are just as good the next day and the next, etc.
Go. Stuff Your Peppers!
Try this recipe out on the unsuspecting and you may very well have a new family favorite on your hands at your house like we do at ours.