Fill yourself up…..not out!
I didn’t grow up eating stuffed peppers. Stuffed cabbage, yes! But, I’m not sure my grandmother ever made a stuffed pepper. My mother in-law on the other hand…..stuffed peppers were a staple on her dinner rotation. Hubby often asks me to make stuffed peppers…..and by that, he means stuffed GREEN peppers with MEAT and rice (the way his Mom did). I don’t particularly care for either, the green peppers, or the meat…..but I’m all about compromise, so I threw in a few green peppers to the rainbow I was making! Not exactly what hubby was looking for, but let me just tell you——-he so appreciated the fact that I bought GREEN peppers, he was willing to overlook the fact that these were meatless. He even gave these vegan stuffed peppers a two thumbs up!
I love this recipe because it’s hearty, nutritionally dense, tasty and can be made in advance. Hubby likes this recipe because of the nostalgia associated with childhood—even though I’ve changed and tweaked it so that it’s loaded with good nutrition and I’ve done away with ingredients that wont serve us well……yet there’s no compromise on flavor or texture!
The fact that the “stuffing” can be made in advance is a real bonus to this recipe. You can make the stuffing whenever it’s convenient for you and leave it in the fridge for up to a week or freeze it in portions that will work well later for you. The “stuffing” recipe makes enough for 8 stuffed peppers, but I usually only make 4 and then freeze the rest of the stuffing for another time. What a great find in the freezer on a busy week!
These stuffed peppers are great to serve when you have guests over because there’s no last minute prep in the kitchen, plus it presents beautifully, and you can stuff whatever colors of peppers you prefer. I also like that stuffed peppers have automatic portion control built in. Need I say more to convince you to try these?
For those trying to cut back on animal products, this recipe is a must! Full of protein and fiber from the lentils, beans, and quinoa this dish will fill you up rather than out! Served with a simple side salad, it’s a complete meal!