Island Quinoa in a Sweet Pepper

Monica Thomas of Tailored Taste Personal Chef Service gives us the How-to of this vegetarian treat.

By Anjelica Michael

Island Quinoa in a Sweet Pepper
Photo courtesy of My Lit'l Eye.

Monica Thomas of Tailored Taste Personal Chef Service shared a recipe with us this week that she cooks for herself as well as her clients. This Certified Personal Chef said that this Caribbean inspired dish is, ” a healthy meat-less yet protein-packed entrée.”  And for those who aren’t fond of quinoa, Thomas offers a possible alternative, “Toasted millet also works well in this recipe if quinoa isn’t your cup of tea.” 


Island Quinoa in a Sweet Pepper

Makes 6 servings.



-3 large red, orange or yellow sweet peppers

-¾ cup quinoa

-1 ½ cups water or vegetable broth

-2 tablespoons olive oil

-1 medium onion, chopped

-1 tablespoon ground cumin

-Zest from one lime

-2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

-Black pepper to taste

-Pinch or two of salt to taste

-15-ounce black beans, drained and rinsed

-½ cup red bell pepper, chopped

-½ cup cilantro, chopped



-Cut sweet peppers in half from top to bottom and remove stem. Steam until slightly softened but not mushy (about 5 minutes after water comes to the boil).

-In a separate pot, cook quinoa in water or broth according to package directions. Be sure to RINSE the quinoa first in plenty of running water to ensure there is no bitterness.

-Heat olive oil in a skillet and add cumin, stirring to toast it a little.

-Add onion and cook until softened and aromatic.

-Remove skillet from the heat and add lime zest, lime juice and salt and pepper.

-Add black beans, chopped bell pepper and cilantro.

-Add quinoa and toss to combine well.

-Stuff steamed peppers with the mixture. Enjoy immediately or cool entirely and store for later enjoyment. (To heat – preheat oven to 350 degrees and place peppers (uncovered) in hot oven and bake for about 15 minutes.)


Nutritional Info per serving:

-Calories 244

-Total Fat 6.81 g

-Saturated Fat 0.91 g

-Cholesterol 0

-Sodium 175 mg

-Carbs 34 g

 -Sugars 0 g

 -Fiber 3 g

-Protein 9.73 g

-Iron 4 mg

-Vitamin A 753 IU

-Vitamin C 27 mg

To learn more about Monica Thomas and Tailored Taste, visit