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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Overstuffed Mexican Peppers by Jackie

3 large or 4 regular size bell peppers
1/2 c.  quinoa, uncooked
1 lb. ground beef
1/4 tsp. black pepper
3/4 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. paprika
1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. sea salt
1/2 c. water
1 (15oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 Roma tomato, seeded and diced
1 (4oz.) can diced green chilies
1/2 c. cilantro, minced
3/4 c. picante sauce
1 1/2 c. grated Mexican cheese (Monterrey Jack, Cheddar, Queso Quesadilla & Asadero combo), divided
1 (15 oz.) can mild, red enchilada sauce

Add quinoa, 1 cup of water and a pinch of salt to small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.  Boil 5 minutes.  Turn off heat.  Cover and let steam for 15 minutes.  Fluff with a fork. 

Brown beef and onion in skillet.  Drain fat and return meat to skillet.  Add seasonings and water.  Cook for 5 minutes. 

Add quinoa, beans, chilies, cilantro, picante sauce and 1 cup cheese.  Mix well. 

Pour enchilada sauce into aluminum freezer pan. 

Cut peppers in half.  Place in baking dish.  Divide filling equally into each pepper.  Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 c. cheese.  Cover.  Freeze.

Serving Day:
Thaw completely.  Bake covered for 25-30 minutes on 375 degrees.  Remove foil.  Bake another 5 minutes. 

*If you prefer spicy, top peppers with enchilada sauce from the bottom of the baking dish.  If you like things more mild, I recommend not putting the sauce on the peppers. 


  1. Love this healthy meal! Very filling and good flavor.

  2. The adults (and one kid that eats anything) LOVED this meal!!! We have 2 bean and pepper haters in our house, so this was not their fave as they just ate the stuffing and picked out the beans. Shame on them!!! Thanks for the healthy meal...really enjoyed it!