Sometimes I’m just not in the mood for meat. This is a great way to make stuffed peppers without it and a nice healthy way to start the week… say after a really over-indulgent weekend, as I just had.
This is very easy, very tasty and is now one of our favorite ways to eat them. Hope you like them as much as we did. Enjoy!
3- large sweet bell peppers. (I bought one of each color to make them extra pretty)
1- cup cooked brown rice
2- small roma tomato, chopped.
1/2 small sweet onion (or onion powder to taste)
1/2 cups of frozen or canned corn
1/4 cup of red beans, rinsed
1/4 cup of black beans, rinsed
1/2 cup Monterey cubed cheese (one and half handfuls)
1/2 cup ripe olives, chopped (green or black)- I used black because I didn’t want it to be too salty, but either will work.
1 tsp. of basil or 2 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. of pepper
1/4 cup meatless spaghetti sauce (or 1 can of tomato soup)
1/2 cup water
2- Tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese
Cut tops off peppers and remove seeds; wash off with water and turn upside down on paper towel to drain. Keep tops with stem to place on top.
In large bowl mix the cooked rice, tomatoes, corn, onion, beans.
Fold in the cubes of Monterey cheese, olives, basil, garlic, salt and pepper.
Spoon this mixture into the peppers
Combine the spaghetti sauce and water and mix.
Pour half in bottom of over-proof pan then place the stuffed peppers on top.
Top the peppers with the remaining sauce
Sprinkle with parmesan cheese
Replace tops with stems back on peppers
Cover with foil and cook for 1 hour and 5 minutes at 350 degrees. or until peppers are al-dente and filling is hot.
Served 2 with one left over for my hubby’s lunch.
Please Note: I had a lot of filling left over and could have easily made 2-3 more peppers with this. This recipe will fill 6 small peppers or 4 large ones.
I love the colors! I usually stick with the green peppers, but this would be a delightful change. This would be a great Meatless Monday recipe.
Hugs and Mocha,
Hi Stesha! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Yes, the colors make it prettier and healthier. The red and yellow are higher in antioxidants and minerals, so they say. LOL! And yes, going meatless sometimes to give us a break from a heavy meal is nice. Hope you enjoy them!