Quinoa Stuffed Peppers | Koko's Kitchen

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers | Koko's Kitchen

We’ve finally moved into a new place of our own in New Zealand and it’s frickin’ tiny. It’s only for a few months though, so I should be able to deal with the mini fridge, hot plates, and toaster oven…it’s like the college dorm room I never had… As long as my NutriBullet stays alive, we should be all good!

I managed to make these beauty quinoa stuffed bell peppers on the hot plates and in the toaster oven, so if I can do it, you can too! They tasted amazing and made perfect leftovers for lunch, and you can even freeze them (if your freezer is bigger than 20 cm).

Jokes aside, I’m really excited to be settling into this place, and exploring a new area. I’m also looking forward to buying a bed….the floor is not that legit #early20slife

Back to the peppers– you can really clean out your fridge and use any vegetables you like. It would be nice to use an eggplant along with the zucchini, but really anything will do. The fresh mint and parsley is key, though…so much fresh flavour in there. I’ve also cooked stuffed peppers the traditional way where you cut off the top and leave them standing, but I find that this way just makes way more sense. It’s faster and easier and I can’t argue with that. I’ve used quinoa for the grain here because I love the amount of protein it provides but you could experiment with rice, orzo, couscous, buckwheat, farro, etc. You could top these with some feta cheese, but we tried to stay dairy-free and topped them off with a baba ganoush flavoured hummus.

My pictures really don’t do this recipe justice, as we were in a huge hurry to get out the door to a short film festival (where Rhys was in a movie!!) so I hope you will give these a try for yourself and enjoy these as much as Rhys and I did!


  • Quinoa – 1 cup, rinsed
  • Vegetable Stock – 2 cups
  • Peppers:
  • Red Bell Peppers – 4, halved, stems & seeds removed
  • Olive Oil – Drizzle
  • Sea Salt – Pinch
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper – Pinch


  • Olive Oil – 2 Tbsp
  • Garlic – 2 cloves, minced
  • Onion – 1, diced
  • Zucchini – 1, small, diced
  • Carrot – 1, large, thinly sliced
  • Swiss Chard – 4 huge stalks, de-stemmed, sliced
  • Tomato – 1, diced
  • Ground Cumin – 1/2 tsp
  • Chili Flakes – 1/8 tsp
  • Sea Salt – Pinch
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper – Pinch
  • Fresh Mint – Small handful, Chopped
  • Fresh Parsley – Small handful, Chopped

Combine the quinoa and vegetable stock in a pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat and let simmer 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit 5 minutes, fluff up with a fork. Set aside.

Prepare bell pepper halves on a sheet pan and drizzle both sides with olive oil. Add a generous pinch of both salt and pepper. Roast cut side down at 375 F (190C) for 20-25 minutes until tender and slightly charred. Remove from oven, and set aside.

While peppers and quinoa are cooking, heat up olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add garlic, and onion and cook a few minutes until onions are translucent. Add zucchini, carrot, cumin, and chilli flakes. Cook a couple minutes, covered. Add swiss chard, and tomatoes and cook until chard is wilted. Stir in salt, pepper, and a handful of chopped fresh mint and parsley. Add the quinoa to the veggie mixture and stir until combined.

Fill pepper halves with quinoa mixture. Either set in fridge until ready to cook, or freeze for a later date. When ready to cook, preheat oven to 375 F (190 C) and heat through until warmed.

  • Angie

    I had some red quinoa salad for the lunch today too. Your stuffed bell peppers look exquisite, Koko, a pure powerhouse meal!

  • The Peace Patch

    It’s a toaster oven masterpiece! I just got some truffle oil…it would be fabulous in this! Thanks for the recipe and all the best to you in your new place. πŸ™‚

  • Aimee / WallflowerGirl.co.uk

    Quinoa stuffed peppers are one of my favourite meals to make πŸ™‚ I love the herbs and spices you’ve used in this recipe

  • They are so easy, yet filling and delicious. Thanks Aimee!!

  • Oh truffle oil would be amazing…I love annything with truffle oil!!

  • Mmmm!! Sounds great. Thanks Angie!!

  • Mmmmmm,.. A lovely easy yet tasty recipe!!was the short film festival cool?

  • inspirededibles

    wow, I’m totally impressed that you pulled these beauties off in your new digs! I thought our temp accommodations were small here in the SV but I think your hot plates and toaster oven wins! ;-). I just love the look and nutrition value of these delightful quinoa stuffed peppers – such a unique presentation and you’ve really packed in the veggies here too. What a winner!

  • It was really cool Sophie! We got to see about 13 of the 7-minute movies, and they were all so creative. Now we just have to wait to see who moves on to the finals. Cities throughout the whole country are involved so we only got to see the Auckland entries. I’m looking forward to seeing all the grand finalist films!

  • Haha, thanks Kelly! Not sure I want to be the “winner” in this case πŸ˜‰

    These are so easy and yummy! And yes, I really did try and squeeze in as many veggies as I could!!

  • Stuffed peppers are a favorite of mine and last year I got really into stuffing them with quinoa and kale and then smothering them with tomato sauce. This recipe is great and is such a garden bundle of joy!

  • Congratulations on your new home, wishing you all the very best settling in! Your place sounds like a small studio we used to have in Denmark – it’s tiny and have to share kitchen with others. Will you be in Auckland in September? Wow, Koko, your quinoa stuffed bell peppers look and sound gorgeous, I love fresh herbs and veggies in my quinoa.

  • That sounds amazing!! It’s totally a garden bundle of joy!

  • Thank you, Rika! Awww that sounds so cute. I should be! We aren’t sure yet when we are leaving for Australia but that will only we for a few weeks anyway. Let me know when you’re coming!!