ITALIAN VEGAN STUFFED PEPPERS

Italian Vegan Stuffed Peppers features a colorful mix of veggies, flavorful herbs and protein rich tempeh for a hearty and delicious lunch, dinner or meal prep idea!

ITALIAN VEGAN STUFFED PEPPERS

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6 large bell peppers (any color), top cut off and seeds removed
  • 1 can (14oz.) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 2 (8oz) packages tempeh, crumbled
  • 1 cup zucchini, diced
  • 1 cup yellow squash, diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or 1/4 cup water
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 – 4 cloves garlic, mined
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • generous pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
  • 8 oz. package mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • mineral salt & pepper, to taste
ITALIAN VEGAN STUFFED PEPPERS


INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Saute: In a large skillet, heat oil/water over medium heat, add onion, garlic and crumbled tempeh, saute for 5 minutes. Add the zucchini, yellow squash, mushrooms, oregano, basil, red pepper flakes, parsley, salt and pepper, and tomato sauce, cook for 2 minutes or so. Add rice and mix to combine. Remove from heat.
  3. Stuff bell peppers: Fill each bell pepper with vegetable mixture, making sure to pack it well. These are hefty stuffed bell peppers. Cover with lid or tin foil.
  4. Bake: Add optional cheese on top, cover the baking dish with lid or tin foil, and bake on the center rack for 35 – 40 minutes. Remove cover, top with optional grated cheese and bake for another 5 – 10 more minutes. Cooking times vary, adjust to suit your needs.
  5. Once done, let cool a few minutes and serve with a sprinkle of freshly chopped parsley.
  6. Serves 6, 1 bell pepper per person.
  7. Store: Store leftovers, covered, in the refrigerator for 4 – 5 days. To keep longer store vegan stuffed peppers in the freezer for up to 2 – 3 months. To freeze, simply let peppers cool completely and store them in freezer safe containers. Let thaw before reheating.

NOTES

  • Add in a handful of fresh baby spinach with the vegetables for variation.
  • Use your grain of choice. For gluten free, stick with rice or quinoa. For low-carb option, use cauliflower rice.
  • If you don’t care to use 2 packages of tempeh, add in 1 can of white beans (drained and rinsed) with the vegetables.
ITALIAN VEGAN STUFFED PEPPERS


To Reheat: Reheat in the oven or microwave. For the oven, place the peppers in a baking dish and warm at 350 degrees F for about 15 minutes. To warm in microwave, first slice the peppers into quarters lengthwise to ensure that they warm evenly, and cook for 1 – 2 minutes, checking after every 30 seconds until warmed through.

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