These turkey quinoa stuffed peppers are so hearty and simple with big flavors from sweet potato, butternut squash, smoked gouda and spices.
First, get started on the filling. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet with deep sides, then brown the ground turkey in it. While you brown it, season it with salt and pepper generously. Once it is cooked, remove it to a plate and add in the butternut squash and sweet potato. Let them soften for a couple of minutes, then add in the onion and sage. Season the veggies with more salt and pepper along with the paprika, cinnamon, cumin and garlic powder. Stir in the tomato paste and let it cook for a minute with everything. Then pour in the tomato sauce and return the turkey to the pan. Let it come to gentle boil, then reduce it to a simmer to cook for 15 minutes.
While that mixture cooks, cook the quinoa. Get out a medium saucepan and bring the chicken stock to a boil in it on the stove. Pour in the quinoa and stir it into the stock. Cover the pot and reduce the heat to low. Let the quinoa cook until tender for about 10-12 minutes. Fluff it up when it is done, then stir it into the rest of the filling mixture. Take the fully assembled filling off the heat. Pre-heat the oven to 350 and line a sheet tray with a silicone mat or foil. Lay out the pepper halves on the tray, then stuff all of them to the brim with filling, really packing it in tightly. Sprinkle the cheese generously on top of each stuffed pepper, then bake them for 10 minutes to make the cheese bubbly. Serve immediately and enjoy!