Southwestern Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Southwestern Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

These quinoa stuffed pepper beauties are light yet spicy and packed with bold flavor. The overall Southwestern theme make a fabulous date night {in}.

This recipe is more than enough for two people. Unless you’re both crazy hungry, plan on having a little bit leftover. If you’d like to add meat to this dish, substitute about 3 to 4 ounces of meat for the black beans. Ground beef, ground turkey, or shredded chicken make good substitutions.

Romesco Sauce {Spicy Almond Sauce}

Romesco Sauce

Romesco sauce is a popular sauce originally from Spain made from red peppers. Have you ever tried it? If not, you must.

I had not tried romesco until I tasted it at a cafe I frequent. It was to die for. I must have sampled it three or four times before I finally gave in and asked the cook which ingredients made up this heavenly sauce. With a smirk he says to me, “secret ingredients.” I flashed a polite smile … grrrr. After begging the cook to tell one ingredient it contained, he finally told me it’s almond-based.

Spicy Watermelon Salsa

Spicy Watermelon Salsa

Watermelon salsa is one of my favorite toppings for grilled seafood and grilled veggies on hot summer days. It is a sweeter-style salsa so it compliments bitter foods well including slightly charred and grilled meats, seafood, and vegetables. Plus, the nice thing about a watermelon is it’s very versatile so you can use it to make this salsa, maybe a Fresh Watermelon Cooler, or even throw it in a salad or quinoa bowl.

The two star ingredients in the Spicy Watermelon Salsa are the spicy Padrón pepper and mint. The pepper adds a nice punch and the mint gives it complexity and pairs so well with sweet watermelon making this salsa easy to love.