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vegetarian stuffed peppers

August 23rd, 2009 · 14 Comments

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When I was growing up, no one told me that stuffed peppers usually have meat in them. Really? Why would you do such a thing? It sounds downright awful. These are meat free and chock full of flavor. I would just eat the rice and cheese mixture, but I figure a girl needs her veggies. :) However, if you don’t care for bell peppers, feel free to just make the rice mixture and bake it with some cheese on top!

 

These really don’t need my accolades. They will speak for themselves after you take a bite. I have served these often at various events and have never seen anyone disappointed with them. They’re incredibly simple to make, and few people can place a finger on that special ingredient. What special ingredient? There really isn’t one. It’s just that they taste so good.

The trick to getting the peppers perfectly cooked is to microwave them before you stuff and bake them. Don’t miss this step! I often forget to do this, and when I sit down to eat, I end up emptying out all the peppers and then mircrowaving them. This makes a huge mess and does not make for very nice presentation. So, learn from my mistakes and microwave at the start of the recipe so you don’t forget!

stuffed peppers

4-5 red bell peppers, cut in half lengthwise and microwaved for 4-5 minutes or until softened
1 14.5-ounce can stewed tomatoes
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup brown rice
2 tbsp black wild rice
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 tsp salt
Cheddar cheese, sliced

First, microwave those peppers. If you don’t do it now, you’ll forget, and you’ll be sad when you sit down to eat!

Next, combine the rice, tomatoes, water, and cumin. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer on low until the brown rice is fully cooked. Because different types of brown rice have different cooking times, look on your package for instructions on how long to cook the rice. Mine usually takes 40-45 minutes.

Once the rice is cooked and the liquid is absorbed, add the beans and salt. Stir to combine.

Preheat oven to 400. Place the pepper halves open-side-up in a 9×13 pan. Divide the rice mixture among the peppers.

Add cheese slices to the top of each pepper. This is optional, but it’s my favorite part, so I wouldn’t skip it. However, if you have a dairy allergy, go ahead and make them without the cheese!  Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Serve with a fork and knife! We usually serve 2 halves to each person as a complete dinner. Enjoy!

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Tags: 60 min or less · light · vegetarian

14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 LeAnn // Aug 24, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Ooooh, I totally forgot about these! They’re so good! We topped ours with salsa and tapatio, for a little kick. Yum yum.
    I wonder if tomatoes stuffed with the rice/bean goodness would be good? We might have to find out…

  • 2 Shirley Madsen // Aug 25, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Recently I made this recipe using regular green peppers and another time I used ancho chilies. Both were quite tasty.

  • 3 Bunny Eats Design // Jun 25, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    This recipe looks great! I might even be able to serve this up to my meat loving husband. I agree with the others, a little chili would give it a kick. maybe a big of guacamole on the side too. Yum. These look like they would be good for lunch leftovers to take to work.

  • 4 Sasha // Jun 26, 2011 at 1:28 am

    Ive recently been looking for some more healthy, quick and easy recipes and this looks absolutely perfect :) Im sure it tastes just as good as it looks, will definitely be giving it a spin, thank you!

  • 5 Nicole // Jun 28, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Wow! This was so good! Added quinoa instead of rice and some mushrooms. Thanks so much for the recipe!!!

  • 6 Paula // Jun 28, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Nicole – so glad you liked it! Quinoa is a neat idea! I wouldn’t have thought of that!

  • 7 Kim // Jul 7, 2011 at 10:20 am

    I made these last night & they were awesome — thank you! I added a little Tabasco & cayenne to mine. So good!

  • 8 Kim // Aug 4, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Sorry to leave you 2 comments in a row, but I made this again last night & added ground pork (my husband is a carnivore) – so good!

  • 9 Lisa // Nov 9, 2011 at 10:18 am

    I made this last night and it was delicious! I love all the ingredients, but I have to admit I added a bit more cheese than the recipe called for. I’m a cheese freak! LOL Thank you for sharing your fabulous recipe!

  • 10 Tiff // Dec 19, 2011 at 9:18 am

    “When I was growing up, no one told me that stuffed peppers usually have meat in them. Really? Why would you do such a thing? It sounds downright awful. ”

    Really? Stuffed peppers with meat can be found throughout Europe. Didn’t realize other cultural found sounds so downright awful.

  • 11 Nomalicious // Feb 14, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    I brought these peppers tonight to a potluck dinner tonight, and everyone raved! There were asks for the recipe and many “yummy” noises were made. Thanks DtD!

  • 12 Sarasota Flight School // Mar 5, 2012 at 9:41 am

    I can see these disappearing from plates EASILY in my household! Pinning them and they’re on the menu for the week!

  • 13 Tasty Treats // Jul 22, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Another delicious hit with my vegetarian friends! Always a home run, thanks DtD!

  • 14 marge // Sep 3, 2012 at 6:58 am

    you are genius!

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