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Friday, December 1, 2023

Delectable Vegan Lentil and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

 

Red and Yellow Bell Peppers at Colors 4 Health

When I think about which vegan recipes to prepare for the winter holidays and beyond, I imagine a happy gathering of those I hold near and dear. I envision us savoring an entrée that is delicious, easy to prepare, and healthy.


Delectable Vegan Lentil and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers are attractive enough to serve at a fancy dinner party, yet simple and inexpensive enough for a regular weeknight meal.


Vegan Lentil and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers are


Savory and Sweet

Colorful

Nutritious

Whole Food Plant-based (WFPB)

Simple to Prepare

Versatile

Economical

 


I selected red and yellow sweet bell peppers for this dish, because the contrasting colors make it eye-appealing. Please feel free to choose any color peppers that call to you.

One cooked red pepper has 1 gram of plant-based protein, and is rich in fiber and antioxidants. For more on health benefits and nutrition see Everything to know about bell peppers.


No matter what their color, sweet bell peppers are low in calories and high in Vitamin C. 



Vitamin C helps your body absorb iron and heal wounds. It may also play a role in preventing a variety of conditions, including heart disease and cancer, as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.

 

Delectable Vegan Lentil and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers


Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon olive oil for sautéing or 1
Tablespoon veg broth or water for fat free sautéing

1 medium yellow onion

1 or 2 teaspoons tomato paste

salt (I eat a low sodium diet so I substitute dried oregano instead) and fresh ground black pepper or red pepper flakes

2 Tablespoons Italian seasoning blend

1 can (15 oz.) brown or green lentils drained and rinsed or 1/2 cup dried lentils that have been cooked

1/2 cup quinoa (I used white but any variety is good)

1 cup water or veg broth 


What to Do:

1. Cook the quinoa according to package directions. Although quinoa is a seed and naturally gluten-free, it is prepared like a grain. It’s a complete protein, a good source of fiber, calcium, magnesium, and iron. Quinoa is a great alternative to grains.


2. While it cooks, sauté chopped onion minced garlic, Italian seasoning blend, and salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until onion and garlic turns translucent.  


Blend in lentils and heat for 2-3 more minutes. Then, add tomato paste and let it brown slightly. If pan is too dry, add a drop or 2 of extra water or veg broth so tomato paste doesn't burn.


I use lentils in the filling, because it’s both a comfort food and is so tasty. Lentils are a good source of B vitamins, folate, iron, and potassium. To make lentils from scratch, see How to Cook Lentils.



Lentils are also packed with protein and fiber. This vegan food source is inexpensive, and an accessible form of high quality protein for many people around the world.


3. Clean and prep peppers by slicing them vertically through the center, removing seeds, Rinse inside and outside well.


4. Arrange the bell peppers cut side up in a baking dish. Pour enough water into bottom of pan to cover it. Roast in a preheated 400 degrees F oven for 20-25 minutes. 

Lentil and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers in Roasting Pan


Note: I like my peppers to be soft and juicy, so I baste them at least two times as they roast, using a few drops of veg broth or water. If you like your peppers to be crisp, only baste peppers once.


5.When quinoa is cooked, combine it with all ingredients mentioned in step one.

Ingredients for Lentil and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers


6. Stuff a portion of the filling into each pepper. Roast for 10 more minutes. Top with fresh basil or parsley, and Mangia!



Serving ideas: 

Close-up Stuffed Vegan Red Sweet Bell Pepper


Serve this dish with a tossed green salad and baked sweet and russet potatoes and green veggie. 


Serving Idea Vegan Stuffed Bell Pepper


This recipe is just as delicious on a bed of sautéed greens, brown rice, or whole grain pasta.


Leftover roasted, stuffed peppers will keep in the refrigerator in an airtight storage container for up to three days. Heat thoroughly when re-serving.


If you prefer, freeze leftover peppers in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.


This post is offered for educational and entertainment purposes only, and not intended as health or nutrition advice.


Please comment before you leave.



Have you learned something new about sweet bell peppers, quinoa, or lentil nutrition?

Did this recipe intrigue you, because it's so eye-catching, budget-friendly, or sounds delicious?

Delectable Vegan Lentil and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers is a dish that is versatile, economical, nutritious, and can easily be incorporated in practically any type of meal plan.
 
Do you think you will try this recipe, now that you know it's healthy, easy, and fun to prepare? Please let me know.

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15 comments:

  1. Such a delicious recipe! I've usually made stuffed peppers with rice - but the lentils and quinoa are much better for taste and proteins! Stephanie

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    1. Thanks so much Stephanie for your input. I appreciate your comment and wish you a beautiful day.

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  2. Those looks so good! I love this combination. I haven't personally tried it but how you pair them are definitely worth to try it out!

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment. Sure hope you get a chance to try the recipe out. Have a good weekend and be well.

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  3. Stuffed peppers are always a great choice for a holiday. They are delicious and look so pretty. I'll have to give your recipe a try. Thanks

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    1. Thank you Judee. I agree about stuffed peppers being a great choice for a holiday. Have a beautiful weekend and be well.

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  4. Nancy, This recipe looks appealing and healthy. Thank you for sharing it and linking up with us at #Weekendcoffeeshare.

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    1. Thanks Natalie for hosting #Weekendcoffeeshare and your comment. Sure hope you give this recipe a try. Have a great weekend and be well.

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  5. Thanks Joanne for your comment. Sure hope you give lentils a try. To me, they taste so comforting, filling, and yummy, I could eat some every day. Wishing you a fun weekend and be well.

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  6. Sounds so delicious, Nan. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I love peppers of all colors. They're so festive.

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    1. Thanks so much Beth. Hear you about loving all color peppers. I wish you a relaxing weekend and be well.

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  7. I am eager to try this--looks yummy.

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    1. Yahoo! Please let me know how you like the taste, after you make it. Wishing you a great day and be well.

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    1. Thanks so much Carol. Maybe after the holidays you'll give it a try. Happy Holidays. Nancy Andres @ Colors 4 Health

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