Stuffed Red Peppers With Zucchini Puree

I made these for dinner and they were so delicious. Growing up, I had the traditional green bell peppers stuffed with hamburger meat, white rice and onions. I was never a huge fan of them. I liked the ingredients, just not all together. I decided to make mine completely different. These have an ENTIRELY different flavor profile. I used a few jalapeno slices for a nice kick and cumin for a deep smoky flavor, as well as make a zucchini puree that turned out to be one of the best things my husband said I’d ever made. The zucchini purée becomes a gorgeous golden color that compliments the red bell peppers beautifully. I’m always selective when creating recipes to ensure my dishes are tasty, as well as beautiful to look at. I chose vegetables that are filling, so no need for meat in this bell pepper! Click here for a spinoff of this recipe into my zucchini soup!

Recipe:  Serves 4-6   Prep time: 30 mins   Cook time: 1 hour combined

Gluten free

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Ingredients for bell pepper stuffing:

4 large red bell peppers or 6 small ones

7 small red potatoes boiled and then diced

1/2 red onion chopped

2 large garlic cloves minced

1 medium zucchini diced

5 jalapeno slices (from jar) chopped

1/2 cup low sodium tomato sauce

1 tablespoon nutritional yeast

3 tablespoons olive oil plus extra for drizzling

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon sea salt

Few grinds fresh black pepper

Zucchini puree ingredients:

2 heaping cups peeled and shredded zucchini

2 jalapeno slices (from jar) chopped

1 garlic clove

2 tablespoons chopped red bell pepper

1/4 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Few grinds fresh black pepper

Note:  For an oil-free version, just sauté the vegetables in some vegetable broth or water until soft.

First, boil the red potatoes for about 20 minutes or until a fork can pierce them without falling apart. Go ahead and prepare the other vegetables while the potatoes are cooking. Dice the zucchini, finely chop the onion and jalapeno, and mince the garlic. Once the potatoes are done, let them cool before dicing.

In a large pot of boiling water, cook the bell peppers for 2-5 minutes just to soften. Do not cook them more than 5 minutes, they could fall apart. They will finish cooking in the oven.

At this time, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Next, you will prepare the bell pepper stuffing mixture. In a large sauté pan, add the 3 tablespoons of olive oil and turn to medium low heat. Add the onions and salt and cook for about 5 minutes until the onions are translucent. Next, add the zucchini, red potatoes and all the spices listed under stuffing. Stir well and cook for about 5 minutes more until the onions and zucchini are starting to tenderize. Now add the garlic and cook for a few minutes more, until all the vegetables are tender. Add the jalapeño slices, tomato sauce and the nutritional yeast. Stir just to heat through and turn the heat off.

Stuff the peppers with the cooked stuffing mixture. Save the pan to cook the zucchini purée in. (Prepare the zucchini purée while the bell peppers are cooking) Place the bell peppers into a small compact round cake pan so they remain standing up. Drizzle a little olive oil over each bell pepper. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the skin is looking crinkled. Sprinkle nutritional yeast on the tops of each bell pepper and cook for 5 minutes more.

Now, in the same sauté pan, add the olive oil and turn to medium low heat. Add all of the zucchini purée ingredients, except the lemon juice. Cook 5-10 minutes until the vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Add the lemon juice and stir to heat through. Turn the heat off.  Purée in a food processor. Spoon on a plate as a bed for the bell peppers and serve! You could easily double the zucchini purée to make more. This just makes enough for 4 peppers, but I will double it next time because it is so tasty!

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12 Comments on “Stuffed Red Peppers With Zucchini Puree”

  1. August 12, 2012 at 5:59 AM #

    That purée looks delicious!

  2. August 12, 2012 at 6:04 AM #

    Thank you! It was incredible…I was surprised at how delicious it was. It was so good, I’m going to make a soup with similar flavors!

  3. August 17, 2012 at 12:36 AM #

    YUM!!!

  4. August 20, 2012 at 11:05 PM #

    Thank you Heather! I’m actually going to be making a spin off that zucchini purée tonight for dinner into a soup….yummy, I can’t wait!

  5. Tiffany Cockrell
    September 2, 2012 at 1:08 AM #

    DELICIOUS!! I luv Brandis healthy recipes!!

    • September 7, 2012 at 7:30 PM #

      Thank you so much Tiffany, I’m so glad you loved it and even funnier that you ate 3 of them!!

  6. October 13, 2012 at 8:15 AM #

    you are so clever with food. i love pepper and i should try it out soon.

    • October 13, 2012 at 3:42 PM #

      Thank you so much, I really appreciate that! These were sooo delicious!

  7. petit4chocolatier
    October 18, 2012 at 12:20 AM #

    Beautifully delicious!

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