Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers


You will need:

8 large bell peppers (any color you like, I used red ones)
1 smallish zucchini, diced finely
1/2 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 ripe tomatoes, diced finely
1 tsp dried oregano
125 g mozzarella, shredded or chopped
1 1/2 cups cooked couscous (use veggie broth instead of water to cook it for more flavor)
1 1/2 cups garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
Salt and Pepper, to taste

How to make it:

Slice the tops off of your peppers. These will be your "lids." Scoop out the guts and seeds and discard.

Now, there are a couple of ways to do the next part. You can boil your peppers for about 5 minutes to soften them up. This will reduce your baking time to about 20 minutes, however I don't think it gives the peppers the nice roasty flavor that you get if you bake them for longer. If you want to boil them, then go ahead and do it at this time.

Heat a splash of olive oil in a big pan over medium heat. Add the zucchini and fry until tender. Don't fry it until it's completely limp and floppy because it'll finish cooking in the oven. Stir in couscous, chickpeas, tomato and oregano. Mix well and then stir in the cheese.

Stuff each pepper with the mixture and cover with the pepper "lids."

Bake at 350 for 20 minutes if you boiled your peppers. If you didn't boil your peppers, bake at 350 for 45-55 minutes (or until the peppers are done).

This is a vegetarian recipe, but I think it would be terribly tasty with a little chorizo tossed in. I'm also going to give it a try with bulgur instead of couscous.

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Brenda said...

Thats a great picture and the recipe looks wonderful! I try to cook vegetarian a couple of times a week.

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

I agree with Brenda. That is a great picture. Makes me hungry.

Lori said...

Oh. My. THAT looks absolutely yummy!! :O) This would be something great to make when the garden comes in this summer!

Stephanie said...

Oh that looks so yummy! I will have to give this one a try real soon!

Sherry said...

This looks absolutely scrumptious!

Muthering Heights said...

Those look delicious!

Kaycee said...

Those look really good. I've been wanting to try stuffed peppers for a while, but they are so expensive here in the winter and for some reason I can't get them to grow very big.

Wizardress said...

Ooh those look really good, and guess what? I'm now officially a minion.

Can I be Queen of the minions? Don't tell Bobbi though, she'll toss me in front of a train to be queen hahah

It was GREAT to see you today. We'll have to get together again sometime soon. I had fun!! *hugss*

Jnette said...

Yum, that looks delicious!

Danelle Ice / Homemaker Barbi said...

Hi Mub! This recipe has been chosen to appear in this week's Homemaker Barbi Take & Make Menu Plan. Thanks for such a great frugal recipe!

Danelle Ice from Homemaker Barbi

Julie said...

This recipe looked really good so I decided to try it (I just finished the pepper!). The only adjustments were that I used double the garlic and I should have used more salt. Otherwise they were DELICIOUS. I baked them in a small casserole so the peppres were squished together, and my mother insisted on a little tomato in the bottom of the baking dish (I used plain tomato sauce mixed with veggie broth because that's what happened to be in the fridge). Sooo good, I'll hold on to this one. Thanks for posting it!

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