Quinoa with peppers, tomatoes, and feta

5
5
1
Smartpoints value per serving
Total Time
33 min
Prep
7 min
Cook
26 min
Serves
4
Difficulty
Easy
Quinoa, a grain that's native to South America, is gaining lots of popularity in North American markets due to its numerous reported health benefits. You can add it to any vegetables and meats to create many tasty, hearty, satisfying dishes. Just be sure to rinse the quinoa grains thoroughly in a fine-mesh sieve under cold running water for about 1 minute, or at least until the water runs clear, before cooking it to remove the bitter outer coating. For this recipe, the quinoa beautifully complements the onions, green bell peppers, tomatoes, and feta cheese. It's a colorful, textural medley that looks and tastes delicious.

Ingredients

water

2 cup(s)

uncooked quinoa

1 cup(s), rinsed and drained

olive oil

1 tsp

uncooked onion(s)

1 medium, finely chopped

green pepper(s)

1 medium, seeded and diced

plum tomato(es)

2 medium, chopped

table salt

½ tsp

black pepper

¼ tsp, freshly ground

reduced-fat feta cheese

2 Tbsp, crumbled

fresh parsley

2 Tbsp, fresh, chopped

Instructions

  1. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan; stir in the quinoa. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until tender and most of the water evaporates, about 10 minutes; drain.
  2. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and bell pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until tender, about 6 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, salt, and pepper and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in the quinoa; heat through. Remove from the heat. Gently fold in the feta cheese and parsley. Yields 1 cup per serving.

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