Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers


Summer is a wonderful excuse to become a vegetarian, there's so much produce and it's bursting with flavor. These stuffed peppers are a perfect example, who needs ground beef, lamb or pork when you've got heaps of zucchini, spinach, tomatoes, onions and corn to use up. I'm so enjoying the farmer's market which comes to town every Sunday. There's no plan to my shopping I'm afraid, I'm out of control and end up with WAY too much produce.  Then it's a challenge to cook it all.  These peppers are the perfect recipe to help me, they certainly pack a nutritional and flavorful punch!

Not to worry if you don't have all the vegetables listed.  These are very forgiving! Substitute your favorite summer veggies and they're bound to be delicious.

Stuffed Vegetarian Peppers.

3 peppers, red, gold or green
1 large onion, finely chopped
olive oil
4 cloves of garlic, minced
4 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
3 small to medium zucchini, chopped
A handful of fresh parsley
1/4 cup raisins
2 ears of corn
1/3 cup toasted pine nuts
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon of cumin
1 box of baby spinach
1 1/2 cups quinoa

Heat the oven to 375 F

To make the quinoa pour 3 cups of water into a saucepan, add the quinoa, cover, bring to the boil, turn down to a simmer and cook until all the water is absorbed. Set aside.

In a large saute pan, heat the olive oil, add the onion and cook on low heat until the onion is soft.

Add the garlic and cook for a further 2 minutes.

Add the zucchini, tomatoes, corn, raisins, parsley, cumin, pine nuts, salt and pepper.  Cook everything together for about 5 - 7 minutes. 

Mix in the quinoa and the box of baby spinach.  The spinach will wilt in the heat of the vegetables.

Stuff the peppers and sprinkle the tops with some Parmesan Cheese.

Place in a lightly greased baking dish.  Heat some water in a kettle and pour 1/4 inch of hot water in the bottom of the baking dish.  This will help the peppers steam as well as roast.

Cook for approximately 20-30 minutes, depending on the size of your peppers or until they are cooked through.

Serve hot or at room temperature.


58 comments:

  1. I love stuffed peppers but I never think to make them! What a great way to use all the fresh summer veggies this time of year.

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  2. When I was a kid my mom made stuffed peppers and I HATED them... but her's never looked like this :) And of course, my tastes have come along way since those days. LOVE this recipe.. can't wait to try it!

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  3. What a beautiful and healthy dish. I am loving this!
    Sam

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  4. They look amazing Mary I love vegetarian food and my daugther is a veggie and only eat fish but nothing of meat; so always I m looking for new veggies recipes!

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  5. ooo, lovely,,I like the sound and looks of these,

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  6. Hello Mary, what a wonderful idea to stuff your peppers with quinoa and other delicious ingredients. I am noting this recipe immediately as I do a maximum of vegetarian cooking.
    Thank you! Sandra

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  7. I love summer veggies and fruits as well. I find myself coming home with way to much produce and stuffing the kids faces full of fruits and veggies so they don't go bad. I know fall is around the cover where we will be stuck with apples and oranges for some time.

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  8. Love the veggie stuffed peppers

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  9. Now, this is delicious! I love more veggies in stuffing and you have also added quinoa.

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  10. These look so tasty! I love stuffed peppers and you're right, who needs meat?

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  11. This looks like a really tasty and nutritious meal.
    I've never had stuffed peppers before :)

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  12. Mary, these look scrumptious! I have to try them. I do love meat and rice filling but I really need to be doing veggies a whole lot more! xo

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  13. Tis the season for room temperature. I think I could drag bits and pieces of leftovers out of the fridge and make these. Unlike many people, my favorite peppers are the green ones.

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  14. FABULOUS recipe and snap! I have just posted a stuffed veggies recipe! MUST be the stuffing season Mary! LOVE your new looks and logo too....VERY smart! Karen xxx

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  15. Our produce isn't even at its best here yet, and I'm already planning on produce from our weekly farmers market, I love them!

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  16. Such wonderful looking stuffed peppers! loved the pinenuts and spices in them, yummy : ) we use bulgur quite a lot for stuffing too, great, healthy grain, goes well with veg too. many thanks for sharing yours!
    Ozlem

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  17. This not only sounds delicious but looks incredible and so impressive! I am going to bookmark this one…yum!

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  18. This looks so good, I love vegetables!

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  19. they look wonderful, I would love these!

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  20. I get a little crazy when I go to the farmers market too. It's hard to resist all the beautiful fruits and veggies. Your peppers sound great. I'm always looking for ways to incorporate quinoa into dishes.

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  21. Wow, I can't help drooling. I just love spicy peppers :D
    Well done Mary! :D
    If you submitted your vegetarian stuffed peppers photos to Food Photography , I'll bet they will make you on the home page.
    Gosh, you have made me sooo hungry !

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  22. Nothing beats summer's fresh produce ! It looks absolutely scrumptious !

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  23. Wow! What great pics of a lovely dish.... and so healthy too. Quinoa is a fantastic food for stuffings- I posted a quinoa stuffing recipe used for stuffing squash on my blog last Summer, but yours looks even yummier! :)

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  24. I love stuffed peppers and I agree I too could become a vegetarian during the summer with all the luscious veggies bursting with color at the farmers market and produce counters.

    Great recipe. I love the addition of quinoa and raisi s for a bit of sweetness.

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  25. These are loaded with so much goodness. I love all of the ingredients and what a powerhouse dish. I have stuffed peppers this summer and tomatoes as well. I'm going to use quinoa next time like you did as the filler...that would be delicious.

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  26. Adorable receta muy saludable y deliciosa,hugs,hugs.

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  27. These look delicious. Great photos!

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  28. These look gorgeous! Stuffed peppers is one of my all time favorite meals. I love your combo :)

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  29. This dish is "screaming" to me with this bright summery colour. This is beautiful!

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  30. You would never miss the meat with this flavor combination. These are beautiful!

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  31. My grandfather loves filled peppers but they had to be with tomato sauce... these sound way better! I am by no means vegetarian, and have no plans to become one, but there are some recipes that can sell me the idea. This is one of them, just delicious!

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  32. I have been on the lookout for anything with quinoa since I first tried it earlier this year. Your stuffed peppers look delicious and I will give them a try!

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  33. Mary, your food always looks so delicious. I can't wait to give this a try. Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

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  34. They look delicious, I totally agree that summertime is great for fruit & vegetables, I just feels right :)

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  35. Stuffed peppers always remind me of my dad...they are one of his favorite dishes! Yours look magnificent!

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  36. Wow, these look amazing. Sounds so healthy and yummy.

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  37. Oh I haven't had stuffed peppers in so long. Thanks for a great looking vegetarian version! :)

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  38. Oh I haven't had stuffed peppers in so long. Thanks for a great looking vegetarian version! :)

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  39. I wish my husband liked peeper, if not only for stuffing them! These do look amazing, maybe I could get him to take a bite if I made them for myself!

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  40. These look amazing. I could easily become a vegetarian!

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  41. Wow, these are not only gorgeous but they sound amazingly delicious!

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  42. Stuffed peppers are DA BOMB! This is a fantastic recipe :)

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  43. These veggie packed peppers look amazing! I have the same problem with trying to use up all the great produce.

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  44. Mary these peppers are stunning and I love the pine nuts in there, will have to remember that for the next batch I make.

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  45. Oh Mary,these look amazing!So beautiful and packed with delicious and healthy ingredients!Many kisses from Greece!

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  46. love love my peppers and even more stuffing them! These stuffed peppers looks absolutely amazing. you are the bomb my friend

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  47. hi mary, i would love to stuff myself with your stuffed peppers! no need meat! they look delicious!

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  48. I'm still learning how to get to a comment. I think you may have received my last comment and has to be approved by you. Only knows there may be an easier way. See you later for Katie's performance.

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  49. yummm... This looks so beautiful & tempting. I have been thinking of making these from some time.

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  50. Lovely to look at and I trust even more wonderful to eat. Many thanks for this marvelous meal in a tomato.

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  52. Such a tempting recipe.Great clicks too :)

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  53. I have been through your blog and I really love your recipes. Greattt job.

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  54. i love stuffed peppers with rice and all the aromatics!!!

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