Rice and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Our 10-minute Rice and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers, made with mozzarella, ground beef and tomatoes, are easy to prep ahead for a fast, on-the-go lunch.

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Rice and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Cooking time PREP TIME 3 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 7 mins
Servings SERVES 1
Ready in TOTAL TIME 10 mins
Cooking time
PREP TIME 3 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 7 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 10 mins


  • 1/2 cup (3 oz) seasoned ground beef or sausage
  • 1 cup Minute® Ready to Serve Brown Rice & Quinoa
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1/4 cup crushed tomatoes, preferably fire-roasted
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • chopped, fresh basil leaves (optional)
  • Parmesan cheese (optional)


  • Need fast and easy meal ideas for school or work? Check out our speedy Rice and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers. With mozzarella cheese, tomatoes and our brown rice and quinoa blend, they’re flavor-packed and easy to prep with little more than a microwave.

    Step 1

  • Place ground beef or sausage into a microwave-safe dish. Microwave on HIGH for 2-3 minutes, stirring halfway through, until cooked through and no longer pink. Set aside.

    Step 2

  • Heat rice and quinoa according to package directions.

    Step 3

  • Cut pepper in half vertically and remove top and seeds. Place in a small, microwave-safe dish. Sprinkle with water.

    Step 4

  • Microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes, or until the pepper is softened.

    Step 5

  • Combine beef, rice and quinoa, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and basil, if using, in a small bowl. Stuff mixture into prepared bell pepper halves.

    Step 6

  • Microwave on HIGH for 1-2 minutes, or until heated through.

    Step 7

  • Top pepper with Parmesan cheese, if using.

    Recipe Tip

    To make this recipe ahead of time, complete Steps 1-5, then refrigerate pepper. When it’s time to eat, proceed with Steps 6 and 7.

Microwave, and Done

These Rice and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers have all the ingredients you need for a well-balanced lunch. Not to mention, they’re incredibly cheesy and delicious! Made with our Minute® Ready to Serve Brown Rice & Quinoa, these peppers boast a unique mix of grains, melted cheese and savory meat – or use beans or tofu for a vegetarian twist.

The best part, is that these stuffed peppers are microwave-ready and can be on your table in just 10 minutes! Our Minute® Ready to Serve Brown Rice & Quinoa adds lots of flavor to this dish and helps to make mealtime prep a cinch. With little more than a microwave, a knife and a mixing bowl, you can prep this complete meal. With veggies, protein, cheese and rice, this meal has everything you want to keep your family satisfied. And, it doesn’t even require an oven!

Prep Like a Pro

Save the last two steps of the recipe prep for later and, when you’re ready to eat, all you’ll have to do is pop the peppers in the microwave to heat them up. This is the perfect meal to prep ahead for busy days or weeknights.

Other Meal Inspiration

If you’re looking for something with more Latin American flavor, try our crowd-pleasing Mexican Rice Recipe.

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