I Stuffed a Whole Lotta Peppers, and You Should Too!

Here’s an easy, healthy meal idea: Stuffed Peppers. You can stuff a pepper with all sorts of stuff, but I stuffed them with this stuff: more veggies, some lentils, and a few other ingredients. This version happens to be vegan, gluten-free, low-carb, but most of all, delicious.

pile-of-bell-peppers

This recipe calls for 10 bell peppers, which was how many I could fit in my dutch oven. Feel free to halve the recipe, or, I don’t know, double it, if your dutch oven is ginormous.

I planned on buying the cheapest color of bell pepper, but lucky me – the store I went to had all colors on sale for the same price! The green ones were long and skinny – not ideal for stuffing – so I stuck to red, orange, and yellow. First up: making the stuffing. Wrong. First up: pre-heat the oven to 350. Then make the stuffing.

I chopped up lots of veggies: one red onion

chopped-red-onion

one eggplant (I kept the skin on for some color, but you could peel it, I suppose)…

chopped-eggplant

…and one pound of portabello mushroom caps.

chopped-portobello-mushroom-caps

They all went into a big bowl, and I added:

  • 2 cups cooked lentils (I cooked them the night before, following the instructions on the bag)
  • generous sprinkling of garlic powder
  • less generous pinch of cayenne pepper
  • dash of regular pepper and salt
  • 2 cups of store-bought tomato soup

Stuffing was ready to go!

stuffed-pepper-mixture

I cut the tops off the peppers, and removed the seeds and ribs from the inside, creating the perfect vessel for the stuffing.

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I lined up the peppers as I prepped them, so I didn’t mix up which top went with which bottom.

tops-cut-off-bell-peppers

Then it was stuffing time! I wasn’t delicate about it. I filled each pepper up, smooshed the filling down into the pepper, and added more. I crammed in as much as possible.

stuffed-bell-pepper

It worked out well. I had about a 1/2 cup of filling leftover, and I split it up and jammed it into a couple peppers. The caps went back on the peppers, and I secured each one with two toothpicks. All the peppers went into the dutch oven, and then I filled the dutch oven half-full with tomato soup, until the peppers were half-submerged in it, creating a flavorful bath that would help with the cooking. I ended up needing two 32-ounce boxes of soup (minus the two cups that got mixed into the filling).

dutch-oven-stuffed-peppers-before-cooking

Into the oven! I thought it would take about an hour, but it ended up taking more like an hour and a half. It would take less time if you make a smaller batch. You want the peppers to be tender, and the veggies inside fully cooked.

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It smelled so good when I took them out of the oven and removed the lid!

vegan-stuffed-peppers-in-dutch-oven

What a colorful meal! The peppers held together, and they were easy to scoop out and plate.

vegan-stuffed-pepper-brown-rice

A few friends came over for dinner, and I served these with a simple lemon and carrot brown rice side dish – I’m sharing that recipe in my next post.

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The vegetables were tender, as was the pepper, and the cayenne provided a nice little kick, but not too much.

bite-of-stuffed-bell-pepper

The whole meal was very flavorful, filling, and seemed indulgent and special – there’s a nice wow factor to a stuffed pepper that you don’t get with a simple stir-fry or something, which you could easily do with these ingredients.

Best of all, it’s a completely guilt-free meal, and I had lots of leftover peppers, and that’s never a bad thing!

Keep it up, David!

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2 Responses to I Stuffed a Whole Lotta Peppers, and You Should Too!

  1. Joanne says:

    Thank you for sharing the recipe. The stuffed peppers and rice accompaniment look delicious, healthy and colorful. Perfect for a dinner party!

  2. […] an easy, healthy meal idea? Try this stuffed peppers recipe from Keep it Up […]

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