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Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke
Yield 6 servings (serving size: 1 stuffed pepper)
This recipe for stuffed peppers trades in the meat in favor of vegetables like red bell peppers, shallots, and mushrooms. The blend of flavors is sure to please guests.

Ingredients

  • 6 medium red bell peppers
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped shallots
  • 4 cups chopped mushrooms
  • 1 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 3 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ancho chile powder
  • 2 1/2 cups hot cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup tomato juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese

Nutrition Information

  • calories 234
  • caloriesfromfat 23 %
  • fat 5.9 g
  • satfat 1.2 g
  • monofat 2.9 g
  • polyfat 1.3 g
  • protein 8.4 g
  • carbohydrate 39.2 g
  • fiber 6.7 g
  • cholesterol 3 mg
  • iron 3.3 mg
  • sodium 402 mg
  • calcium 112 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. Cut tops off bell peppers; discard seeds and membranes. Cook peppers in boiling water 5 minutes; drain.

  3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallots; sauté 3 minutes or until tender. Add mushrooms; sauté 4 minutes or until tender. Add parsley, almonds, sherry, and chile powder; sauté 3 minutes. Add rice, tomato juice, black pepper, garlic powder, and salt; sauté 3 minutes. Spoon 3/4 cup rice mixture into each bell pepper. Top each bell pepper with 2 teaspoons cheese. Place stuffed bell peppers in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish; bake at 350° for 15 minutes.