Stuffed Peppers are a favorite at my house.  There are so many possibilities for stuffed peppers so you can really cater the filling to meet any dietary need.  Our recent craving has been for Greek Orzo Stuffed Peppers.  They are quick to make, fairly simple to assemble, vegetarian / vegan, healthy, and tasty 🙂

You can make this dish more colorful by using a combination of green, orange, red, or yellow bell peppers.  I’m partial to red bell peppers for no particular reason so that is what I choose to use.  I typically serve these as a main dish, but they could easily be a side dish if served with other items.

Look for medium to large bell peppers because they are easier to stuff and hold more ingredients.

The recipe can be found here.

Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees.

Cut each bell pepper in half, length wise, and remove the seeds.  Add the bell peppers to a bowl with olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper, and toss to combine.

 

Place the bell peppers in a 9×13 baking dish – cut side up!  Sprinkle with oregano and bake for about 25 minutes.  You want the peppers to be perfectly soft with a slight char.

 

While the bell peppers are baking, cook the orzo according to the package instructions.  Then drain the orzo and add to a large mixing bowl.

Add balsamic vinegar, sliced kalamata olives, sliced pepperoncini, and pine nuts to the mixing bowl.  If you want to also include crumbled feta cheese you can add it to the mixing bowl at this time.  If you want this to be a vegan dish, go ahead and skip the crumbled feta cheese.  Toss to combine all ingredients.

In a small bowl combine the basil, olive oil, red pepper flakes, lemon juice, salt, and tomatoes.

Add a heaping scoop of the orzo mixture to each bell pepper, then top with the lemon-tomato sauce.  Serve immediately.

The bell peppers will essentially fall apart when you cut into them and that makes them just perfect!  The combination of flavors from the orzo to the lemon to the olives to the tomatoes (really everything in this dish) is absolutely wonderful and you won’t want to eat just one!

The recipe can be found here.

Happy Cooking!

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