Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers
I’ve been in love with stuffed peppers since the very first time I made them for the blog in 2012. That was back in the day when my blog was just taking off and I knew little about lighting, plating and photo composition. I would spend a quick minute putting food on a plate, then walk around our apartment trying to find a window that looked brighter than the others. We lived in an old apartment on the west side in Manhattan where natural light was scarce since we were surrounded by tall buildings. That made taking pictures extremely hard, especially since I didn’t have a good camera nor lighting equipment to rely on. I remember wishing we could live in California or somewhere where I could have access to lots of sunlight and maybe even a vegetable and herb garden.
Since then we’ve moved to a much brighter apartment in Brooklyn, I’ve upgraded my camera, have a closet full of lighting equipment and though I still don’t own a little patch of green, I have an indoor herb growing kit that I keep by the window. Almost perfect! The reason I decided to vamp up this vegetarian stuffed peppers recipe is because of a site audit I recently did. I wrote down all the recipes that could use newer content and updated both the recipe and the images. Let’s just say I’ve gotten a whole lot better at making stuffed peppers 🙂
This newer vegetarian stuffed pepper recipe has a Tex-Mex flair, contains less carbs and more veggies. I’m mixing brown rice with black beans, tomatoes, summer squash, jalapeno, red onions, thyme, cumin powder, chili powder and grated parmesan cheese. Add some shredded lettuce and ground beef and you’ve just made taco stuffed peppers! But you know me, I like to go meat-free so I’m keeping these easy stuffed peppers on the lighter side.
Bell peppers are the fountain of youth for wrinkles!
Yep that’s right, peppers help fight wrinkles and fine lines, especially those under the eyes. The recommended serving is two cups a day but I don’t pay attention to that. As long as I eat some a few times a week I figure it’s better than if I ate none! There are easy ways to incorporate peppers into recipes, my favorite is to finely chop them and pan fry them together with onions. This has become the base of many of my recipes and doesn’t really affect the taste.
Vegan Stuffed Peppers
Yes, this recipe is very easy to adapt for vegans. There is only one ingredient to remove – cheese! So if you are planning on making these for a party, make half with cheese and half without. This way you won’t have to worry about friends and/or family with dietary restrictions.
How to make stuffed peppers ahead of time
My recommendation is to make the filling ahead of time and slicing, seeding the bell peppers in half. If you are serving them the day of, keep the filling out on the counter – no need to refrigerate. If you are making the filling a day or two ahead of time, refrigerate and zap in the microwave for 45-60 seconds, or until the filling is close to room temperature.
Other yummy pepper packed recipes:
- Quinoa stuffed peppers
- Chicken and pepper stew (poulet a la Basquaise)
- Roasted pepper fennel salad
- Red pepper and olive spread
- Ponzu noodles with avocado and bell peppers
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Healthy and filling stuffed peppers without the meat.
- 4 large green, red, orange or yellow bell peppers (cored, seeded and sliced in half lengthwise)
- 1 small avocado (peeled, pitted and thinly sliced)
- hot sauce (for serving)
- sour cream (for serving)
Ingredients for the stuffing:
- 1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice
- 2 medium tomatoes (seeds removed, finely chopped)
- 1 tablespoon thyme leaves (chopped)
- 1 medium red onion (finely chopped)
- 1 small yellow summer squash (finely chopped)
- 1 jalapeno (finely chopped)
- 1/2 cup canned black beans (rinsed and drained)
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin powder
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
- 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
How to make stuffed peppers
- Preheat oven to 375ºF.
- Cover a baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large bowl, add all the ingredients for the stuffing and mix well. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if needed.
- Place the peppers facing up on the tray and stuff evenly with rice mixture and top with grated parmesan.
- Cover the tray with foil and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
- Remove foil and increase heat to 400ºF. Bake for an additional 15-20 minutes or until peppers are tender.
- Serve topped with avocado, hot sauce and/or sour cream.
- Serving Size: 1 half stuffed pepper
- Calories: 458
- Sugar: 6.3 g
- Sodium: 559.5 mg
- Fat: 8.3 g
- Saturated Fat: 8
- Carbohydrates: 19.9 g
- Fiber: 5.8 g
- Protein: 6.2 g
- Cholesterol: 3.6 mg
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