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Try This Delicious Quinoa-Stuffed Pepper Recipe

Switching to a whole food plant-based diet, like each person does on our original show The Big Fat Truth, can make a huge difference in your mood, energy, and lifespan. But what, exactly, is for dinner if you're going plant-based? Here's one easy option straight from the show—Quinoa-stuffed peppers. Whipped up by plant-based nutrition consultant Chrissy Roth (the wife of host JD Roth) this whole-food, plant-based recipe is tasty enough to convince the biggest skeptics!

  • 3 red and 3 green peppers, each with their tops cut off and insides scooped out 
  • 4 cups cooked quinoa (1 cup dry)
  • Small bunch of basil
  • 1 cup of Rao's marinara sauce
  • 2 to 3 zucchini
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Vegetable broth
  • Earth Balance spread 


  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Roast all the peppers upside-down in the oven until they are soft, and just starting to brown (approximately 25 mins).
  2. While the peppers roast, prepare the quinoa. Using a ratio of 1 cup quinoa to 1 3/4 cup of vegetable broth, place quinoa and vegetable broth into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Then, reduce heat to a low simmer and cover, stirring occassionally until tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed (about 15 to 20 mins). Fluff with a fork. Turn off and let sit covered and the water will all absorb. 
  3. In another saucepan, broth sauté the finely-chopped zucchini in a dash of vegetable broth until it is soft and fully cooked. 
  4. Finely chop 8 basil leaves.
  5. Add the zucchini and basil to the quinoa. 
  6. Stuff the zucchini, basil and quinoa mixture into the peppers. Top with a couple of bread crumbs, a sprinkle of nutiritional yeast, and a spoonful (or so) of melted Earth Balance spread if you like. Top with a spoonful of Rao's marinara sauce. 
  7. Put the peppers back in the oven for about 15-20 minutes until all the ingredients are warmed and the peppers are browned a bit on top. You can add more veggies and lentils to the quinoa mix if you wish.