Recipe from Garden Fresh Foodie
Editor’s note: This plant-based recipe for stuffed peppers is full of nutrients, as well as protein and fiber. Plus, it’s gluten and grain free. This would make a great weekday dinner, and you can simply eat the filling over greens or as a side if you want. I always love stuffed peppers and think they’re a fun and attractive food to eat. Enjoy.
Summer Stuffed Peppers
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Number of servings: 8
Per Serving 327 calories
Fat 3 g
Carbs 59 g
Protein 19 g
- 2 cups rinsed brown lentils
- 2 tsp dried thyme, or 2 tbsp fresh thyme
- 1 1/2 tsp salt, divided
- 4 1/2 cups water
- 3 cups tomatoes
- 2 1/2 cups small diced zucchini
- 1 cup small diced banana peppers (if very spicy, reduce to 1/2 cup)
- 2 tbsp minced garlic
- 2 cups cooked quinoa
- 1/4 cup dry white wine or water to sauté (we used wine)
- 3 cups chopped kale, or other in-season greens
- 1 cup basil, plus additional for garnish
- 8-10 whole bell peppers
- 2-3 cups tomato sauce
- Cook lentils with thyme, water, 1 tsp salt.
- In separate sauté pan, add banana peppers, zucchini, garlic, 1/2 tsp salt, wine or water and sauté until tomatoes release juice, about 2 minutes.
- Add in greens and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes, add basil.
- Mix cooked lentils with quinoa and add to cooked veggie mixture. Season with additional salt/pepper.
- Cut peppers in half and fill.
- Cover the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking pan, like a pyrex, with tomato sauce. Place stuffed peppers into pan and top generously with tomato sauce (about 2 tbsp per pepper).
- Cover with foil and bake for about 40 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 20 minutes, or until a knife inserted goes in smoothly.
- Serve topped with fresh basil, parsley, crushed red pepper, sprouts, and/or nutritional yeast if desired (provides a nutty, cheesy flavor).
• Packed with fiber-21 g of fiber in 2 halves!!!is important for digestive health, helps to lower cholesterol & blood pressure, as well as regulating blood sugar.
• Fiber rich foods prevent blood sugar spikes, helping your body to slow down the digestion of the food.No oils or added fats, cholesterol and saturated fat free; great for heart health.
• Packed with potassium! 1242 mg per serving. Awesome for regulating nervous and kidney function, as well as lowering blood pressure.
• High in Vitamin C, 225% daily needs-peppers are packed with vitamin C, having 4x’s more than an orange! Great antioxidant for boosting immunity.
• High in Vitamin A, 44% daily needs-tomatoes are a great source of lycopene, a type of Vitamin A, an antioxidant that helps reduce inflammation, improves bone, skin, eye, and dental health, and lowers blood pressure.
• High in plant-based protein, 19 g: kale, lentils, and quinoa are all great for healing and repairing tissues.
• Gluten & Grain free, Vegan-reduces inflammation in the body.
• Kale provides a good source of plant-based calcium (7%) and iron (36%)-both are better absorbed by the body from plant sources. Calcium is needed for bone strength, and iron for improving oxygenation of the blood.
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