This vegetarian stuffed peppers recipe is one of our favorite summer dinners! Filled with herbed orzo and kale, they're light, healthy & easy to make.
Author: Jeanine Donofrio
Serves: 2 as a main, 4 as a side
½ cup uncooked orzo
2 large red bell peppers
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1 garlic clove, minced
½ cup cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
3-4 kale leaves, stems removed, chopped
⅓ cup crumbled feta cheese
Juice and zest of 1 small lemon
Big handful of chopped fresh mint
Pinch of red pepper flakes
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
White cheddar or pepper jack cheese, to melt on top (optional)
herbed yogurt sauce (optional):
⅓ cup Greek yogurt
Drizzle of olive oil
Finely chopped mint, basil or oregano
Squeeze of lemon
Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a pot of salted boiling water, cook the orzo pasta for about 7-9 minutes, or until al dente.
Meanwhile, roast your bell peppers. Slice them in half and remove the seeds and ribbing. Then, drizzle each half with olive oil and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Place cut side up and roast them for 20 minutes or until they become soft and golden brown around the edges.
Next, prepare your filling. In a large glass bowl, combine the olive oil, garlic, kale and chickpeas. When your orzo is al dente, drain it and add it (warm) to the bowl and toss. Stir in the feta cheese, lemon juice, lemon zest, mint, red pepper flakes, and generous pinches of salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasonings.
Finally, fill the red pepper halves with the orzo salad and serve.
Optional: add a layer of white cheddar or pepperjack cheese on top of your stuffed peppers and pop them under the broiler (or a hot hot oven), until the cheese is bubbling and browned.
Optional: mix together the yogurt sauce ingredients and serve on the side.
Make it gluten-free: use millet or quinoa instead of orzo Make it vegan: skip the cheese and add something tangy like olives or sun dried tomatoes.
Recipe by Love and Lemons at https://www.loveandlemons.com/vegetarian-stuffed-peppers/