Beef and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Who loves the smell of Pizza? I DO! Okay wait, who doesn't love the smell of pizza? Well, if you do (of course you do) then you will love the smell of these stuffed peppers while they are cooking! When I walked in the door I almost forgot it was peppers and not a crispy-crunchy-pizza I was cooking. Justin said they smelled like Tacos ... Okay! Enough about pizza and tacos, we are making stuffed peppers! This meal is much lower in carbs, and fat, and calories! All the while tasting amazing! I've never made stuffed peppers before. I saw that you can pretty much make them with anything so I used what I had on hand, one of those things of course being Quinoa. We know I love me some QuinoaWhat is nice about using Quinoa instead of rice is that you can just throw it in uncooked. I usually use ground turkey but I had some ground beef this time (93% lean) so I decided to use that.
  
I mixed all these goodies in a bowl by hand, just like I was making meatballs. It makes me feel like I'm a chef (who says I'm not?)...
Here is the recipe I used, but really you can throw in whatever you want, turkey, beef, chicken, rice, quinoa, oats, different veggies, sauces, etc...

Ingredients:
1lb ground lean beef
1/2 cup uncooked (rinsed) Quinoa
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese 
1 shredded carrot
2 chopped scallions
1 large Roma tomato
2 garlic cloves, miced
1/2 packet Lipton onion soup mix 
1 Cup Pasta Sauce
 

Mix everything except the pasta sauce together in a bowl
This recipe could, and probably should, make 4 peppers. I only had three so I filled them pretty full. Also, I used green because they are cheaper but you could use any color. The red, orange and yellow peppers have better flavor in my opinion. They are just so dang expensive!
Pour most of your pasta sauce in the bottom of the slow cooker, reserving a little to put on top of each pepper. Take your peppers and chop the top off, core out the inside and place them in your crock pot. Fill each one with an even amount of your mixture. Top each one of with a spoon full of pasta sauce and place the tops back on.
Cook on low for 6-8 hours
I had quite a long day ahead of me so mine were in the crock pot for 9 hours, a little too long in my opinion. By the time Justin got home his had been in there for 10 hours! They were still super tasty, the stuffing part was great, but the peppers had over cooked a little. You will be better off around 7 hours probably, and not much longer. But, being busy college student I don't always get the choice to be home in 7 hours. So even if my meal is a little over cooked I am sure grateful for my slow cooker!