Stuffed peppers are a versatile and satisfying dish that can be enjoyed by both vegetarians and meat lovers alike. Whether you’re a vegetarian or simply looking to incorporate more plant-based ingredients into your diet, this vegetarian stuffed peppers recipe is sure to impress with its vibrant flavors and wholesome ingredients. Let’s dive into the recipe and discover the way to create this delicious and nutritious dish.

1. Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 large bell peppers (any color)
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa or rice (white or brown)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium zucchini, diced
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella or vegan cheese (optional)
  • Fresh parsley or basil leaves for garnish

Instructions

Prepare the peppers

Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Cut off the tops of the bell peppers and remove the seeds and membranes. Rinse them under cold water and pat them dry. Place the peppers in a baking dish or on a lined baking sheet, standing upright.

Sauté the vegetables

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the diced onion and minced garlic, and sauté until the onion becomes translucent and fragrant.

Add the diced zucchini, carrot, and mushrooms to the skillet. Sauté for about 5 minutes or until the vegetables are slightly tender.

Season and mix

Sprinkle the dried oregano, dried basil, paprika, cumin, salt, and black pepper over the sautéed vegetables. Stir well to combine the flavors.

Add the cooked quinoa or rice to the skillet and mix everything together until the ingredients are evenly distributed.

Stuff the peppers

Spoon the vegetable and grain mixture into the prepared bell peppers, filling them generously. Press the filling down lightly with the back of the spoon to ensure they are packed.

Add sauce and bake

Pour the marinara sauce over the stuffed peppers, allowing it to seep into the filling. If desired, sprinkle shredded mozzarella or vegan cheese on top for a melty and cheesy finish.

Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and place it in the preheated oven. Bake for approximately 30-35 minutes or until the peppers are tender and the filling is heated through.

Garnish and serve

Remove the stuffed peppers from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes. Garnish with fresh parsley or basil leaves for a burst of herbal fragrance and vibrant color.

Serve the vegetarian stuffed peppers as a satisfying main course or alongside a fresh salad for a complete meal. Enjoy the delightful combination of flavors and textures that the stuffed peppers offer.

Vegetarian stuffed peppers are a delightful and nutritious option for those seeking a meatless meal. This recipe showcases the versatility of vegetables and grains, combining them with aromatic herbs and spices to create a flavorful and satisfying dish.

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