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Vegetarian Stuffed Red Bell Peppers Recipe

Vegetarian Stuffed Red Bell Peppers

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"These stuffed peppers are so fresh tasting and healthy. They make a great side dish or a meal on their own."

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Original recipe makes 4 stuffed peppers Change Servings
  • PREP

    40 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    1 hr 20 mins


  1. Bring the quinoa and water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender, 20 to 25 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a small baking dish. Halve the red peppers lengthwise. Remove the seeds and ribs, but leave the stem intact so the pepper bowls hold their shape; place cut-side-up into the prepared baking dish.
  3. Toss the chopped apple with the lime juice, olive oil, garlic, parsley, mint, tomatoes, and green onions. Fold in the quinoa, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Fill the cut peppers with this mixture, and fill the baking dish with about 1/4 inch of water.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until the peppers are tender, and the quinoa is hot, about 20 minutes.
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  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 22, 2008

These are very good. The Granny Smith apples give them nice flavor. I would use 2 cups of water per 1 cup of quinoa though. I didn't use the mint but added a few more spices just to kick it up a bit. Overall, it is a nice vegetarian dish!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 02, 2011

This was OK but a little too sweet between the red pepper, apple, and tomatoes, I ate it and enjoyed it but don't think I'll ever crave it or really want to make it again. I like the idea though!

Nov 09, 2009

We changed this recipe around a little bit. First we subbed quinoa with Israeli Couscous, however misjudged the yield on the couscous (1&1/3 cup - Standard at Trader Joe's) will probably fill 4-6 peppers. The couscous has a little more rewarding texture than quinoa. We also cooked the couscous in vegetable stock for more flavor. Also, I couldn't find green onions tonight, so I used chives, and they seemed to work well. With the added yield of the couscous, we doubled the tomatoes and apples. and lime juice. We also left out the mint. That said, this dish was absolutely excellent. The flavors just sort of jump out and are literally mouth watering. My boyfriend says it's the sort of thing that makes him think he could be vegetarian too. Since we had so much filling, there was enough to bake and eat without the peppers - very yummy!

Oct 26, 2009

Don't expect these to be like the stuffed peppers made with meat--they're not, but they are excellent. I used vegetable bouillon when cooking the quinoa, & added raisins and chopped pecans.

Apr 23, 2010

So delicious and prep time was much quicker than indicated. I omitted the mint and used a Jona Gold apple instead. I also added about 1 oz goat cheese and 1/4 cup sunflower seeds. My husband and I are trying to incorporate 1 vegetarian dish each week and this one is a keeper!

Mar 22, 2011

I fix my quinoa 1:1.25. I had 2 very large peppers and didn't use even half the quinoa so will cut by half next time. Cooked the quinoa with 3 cloves of sliced garlic and used Better Than Bouillon chicken flavor. Not vegetarian but still meatless. I added about 1/2 cup of cooked barley. Dried mint cuz I didn't have fresh. Added 3 oz of ff Feta. I haven't eaten a stuffed pepper in 40 years, just not a fan of regular meat and rice versions. This version was terrific and will be used often.

Jan 04, 2011

Very yummy! I cooked the quinoa in broth instead of water and used a can of rotel (tomatoes & chilies) that I drained since i didn't have fresh tomatoes and omitted the mint.....soooo yummy!

Aug 18, 2010

These vegan stuffed peppers were sensational! The herb melody added such a kick to the quinoa, especially my fresh mint from the garden. I used both red and white quinoa to jazz up the colour of the dish; try a water quinoa ratio of 2:1. The Granny Smith apple adds a very nice texture. I will definitely make this again, even as a side salad rather than in a pepper.


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  • Calories
  • 415 kcal
  • 21%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 72.6 g
  • 23%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 8.2 g
  • 13%
  • Fiber
  • 10.8 g
  • 43%
  • Protein
  • 14.7 g
  • 29%
  • Sodium
  • 183 mg
  • 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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