Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

2014-01-18
vegetarian stuffed pepper
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  • Servings : 4
  • Prep Time : 25m
  • Cook Time : 45m
  • Ready In : 1:10 h

Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

  • Calories

    329
  • Total Fat

    14.2g
  • Saturated Fat

    3.0g
  • Cholesterol

    7mg
  • Sodium

    59mg
  • Total Carbohydrates

    45.9g
  • Dietary Fiber

    3.6g
  • Protein

    8.0g
  • Vitamin A

    24%
  • Vitamin C

    128%
  • Calcium

    9%
  • Iron

    15%
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I think you will love these vegetarian stuffed peppers.

They have a savory and slightly sweet filling that is delicious and very healthy.

Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (175 ml) long grain white or brown rice, or couscous
  • 4 large red, yellow, orange and/or green peppers
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 4 shallots, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons (40 ml) walnuts, toasted & chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup (75 ml) raisins
  • 4 tablespoons (50 ml) cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) fresh basil, chopped
  • salt & pepper to taste

Method

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Step 2

In a large pan, cook the rice in bowling water until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain, rinse under cold running water and drain again. (Follow the directions below the recipe if you are using couscous.)

Step 3

Using a sharp knife, cut the tops off the peppers and set them aside. Remove the seeds and cores. Blanch the peppers and tops in boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove them from the heat and drain well.

Step 4

Using a sharp knife, cut the tops off the peppers and set them aside. Remove the seeds and cores. Blanch the peppers and tops in boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove them from the heat and drain well.

Step 5

Stuff the peppers with the rice or couscous mixture. Place on a baking dish. Place the tops on the peppers and drizzle with the remaining oil. Loosely cover the baking dish with foil and bake in preheated 350ºF (180ºC) oven for 45 minutes.

Serves 4 as a side dish or two as a main course.

Instructions for Making Couscous:

Place the couscous in a heat proof bowl. Pour in an amount of boiling water that is equal to the amount of couscous you are using, cover and let it sit for 5 minutes without touching it, to allow the couscous to absorb the water. That’s it. Use as you would use the cooked rice.

Notes:

  • Use these peppers with vegetarian stuffing as a main vegetarian meal or as a vegetable side dish with a meat based meal. Either way I think you will really enjoy them.
  • This recipe can easily be doubled to serve more.

I have noted three starches that you can select from to make this stuffed pepper recipe: white rice, brown rice or couscous. If you need this to be gluten free please be aware that the first two are gluten free, but couscous is not.

This recipe is an extremely healthy one. I particularly like the inclusion of the walnuts. They add both texture and nutritional value.

If you want non vegetarian stuffed peppers, look here for our meat stuffed pepper recipe.

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