Stuffed Peppers

I have always had Romano peppers chopped up either in a salad, pizza topping or rice.  I got some large peppers and capsicums from the farmer’s market and I wanted to see how they would taste stuffed with vegetables or rice. I decided to experiment and stuff them at the same time as when I was making stuffed capsicums.  This resulted in a tasty colourful dish which I love serving to friends when they  pop in for a quick lunch.   This dish makes a great  lunchtime snack but becomes a “Wow” point if served as a colourful starter when you serve your guests. Try it and let me know if I am right.

Ingredients for 4 servings:

2 large romano peppers
3 large capsicums
1 medium onion, chopped finely
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon of grated or blended ginger
1 teaspoon of blended fresh green chillies (can use more if you like hot food)
3 cups of cooked rice (any rice is fine.  I used Basmati rice)
2 cups of any mixed vegetables chopped finely. ( I used carrots, peas, sweet corn, peppers and green beans)
1 cup grated cheddar cheese.
1 teaspoon salt
½ teasppon turmeric
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon any cooking oil (I used sunflower oil)

Method

1.  Cut a slice off the top of each capsicum , remove centre core and seeds. Save the tops to cover the pepper during cooking.

2.   Slice the romano peppers lengthwise and remove the seeds.

3.    Brush the peppers and capsicums on the outside with the olive oil and then stand them upright in an ovenproof dish and allow them to cook in the oven for 3-4 minutes.

4.    In a saucepan, heat one tablespoon of oil and add in the onions, ginger, garlic and green chilies.

5.   Add the frozen vegetables and stir fry the mixture.  Now add the salt and turmeric as well.

6.   When the vegetables soften, add the cooked rice to the mixture and allow the mixture to cool.

7.    Transfer the mixture into the peppers and capsicum.

8.    Add a cheese topping to the Romano peppers.

9.  Cover the capsicums  with the tops you had sliced off.

 

8. Bake for 20 -25 minutes in a pre-heated oven at Gas Mark 4 (350°F/180°C) until the peppers and capsicums are tender.

9. Serve this colourful dish hot with a salad or any sauce of your choice.

Some suggested variations:

1. Vegetarians can also add Quorn mince to the vegetables when they are cooking and non vegetarians can add mince meat to the vegetables.

2.  The peppers can be served with salad or even mashed potatoes depending on whether you are having it as a quick lunch or as a starter.

3.  The peppers can also be stuffed with couscous instead of rice.

Most important of all have fun when cooking – be bold with your variations and spices.

 

 

 

 

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About Mina Joshi

Mina Joshi writes a vegetarian food blog, www.givemesomespice.com, and as a busy working Cambridgeshire mum, she specialises in quick and healthy authentic vegetarian recipes Both her father and father-in-law were experienced chefs who owned restaurants in East Africa and they shared their recipes and tips with Mina. She started her blog to pass on some of the old-fashioned dishes that might otherwise be lost. Mina believes that nothing beats home cooking and it is her aim to make everyone realise that cooking can be fun. also teaches vegetarian Indian cookery to adults at Evening classes at a Local College as well as in one to one classes in the Student's home where students can then invite friends to taste the dishes they have prepared. Follow Mina on Twitter @GiveMeSomeSpice
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5 Responses to Stuffed Peppers

  1. simply.food says:

    These stuffed peppers look colourful ,healthy and delicious.

  2. Shalini says:

    Nice recipe Mina. Congrats on the feature.

  3. Jagruti says:

    Mouthwatering and colourful peppers…I have tried many of your recipes Mina..Great effort !

  4. Narmada Cunningham says:

    I love this colorful, very healthy dish – a perfect idea for a dinner with friends where you can present it with any of the variations you suggest, like couscous instead of rice… I used quinoa… and baked these with spaghetti sauce to make it more Italian:-) Mina, this dish is a favorite of mine to prepare from here on…