Keeping things exciting in the kitchen is tough, especially when you’re trying to prep a week’s worth of meals. But you don’t have to settle for another bland soup or boring salad. It’s time to get stuffed. No, we’re not referring to gorging yourself—we’re talking about peppers.
Stuffed peppers are as versatile as they are flavorful and nutritious. You can really do anything with them. Craving Greek? Pack the veggies with artichoke, tomato, lemon and dill. Mexican? Sub them in for tortillas. And it’s easy as can be to cook them in batches. Say goodbye to sad desk lunches and hello to these 11 hearty stuffed pepper recipes.
We could eat tacos every night of the week. Really. But there’s something about eating tortillas every day that isn’t so appealing. That’s where this recipe comes in. Bell peppers serve as an edible, crunchy bowl for the delicious beef filling. The enchilada sauce and spices give the filling that delectable Mexican flavor, and the rice gives the dish a hearty finish. To make it low-carb, use cauliflower rice.
The problem with ordering pizza is that it’s nearly impossible to save leftovers. When you don’t feel like going big, but you do feel like eating pizza, opt for this stuffed pepper recipe. Filled with polenta, tomato sauce, mozzarella, and more, it tastes just as good as the take-out favorite—if not better. The dish is also so filling you won’t be tempted to eat the entire batch.
Mint may seem like a surprising addition, but it rounds out the recipe tastily and beautifully. The quinoa and feta provide a great protein base (chicken is a great addition too), and the veggies pump it full of vitamins and flavor. Never heard of courgette? Don’t worry, you won’t have to search high and low at the supermarket. It’s another name for zucchini.
If you have a hankering for hot sauce, this is the dish for you. The peppers are stuffed with jalapeño, hot sauce, and pepper jack cheese and the topping calls for even more spice. Chicken and onion simmer down the spice (just a bit) and give the recipe enough oomph to make it a proper meal. Top with green onions and drizzles of bleu cheese or ranch dressing.
Spinach and ricotta were made for each other. The combination becomes even more tantalizing with the addition of garlic, Parmesan, tomatoes, and herbs. Easy to make and tasty enough to eat for a few meals, this dish is the perfect item to add to your Sunday night routine.
There’s something special about Mediterranean ingredients. No matter the combo, they always taste great together. And recipes often include cheese. These stuffed peppers take some classics—artichoke, tomato, lemon, and dill—to create the perfect light dish that can be enjoyed any season. The tzatziki is listed optional, but we highly recommend it.
Low-carb and grain-free, these stuffed peppers are a great way to enjoy cheese galore without experiencing cheese remorse. The recipe calls for pork, but we love using turkey or chicken, or even substituting mushrooms to make it vegetarian. Top with Parmesan a few minutes before the peppers are finished to get a beautifully browned, gooey top.
Zoodles take on a new form in this stuffed pepper recipe. Cooked with ground turkey, quinoa, and tomato sauce, the thin spirals create a delicate crunch and help ensure the veggie is equally distributed throughout the filling. Skip the cheese garnish to make the recipe dairy-free.
Crushed pine nuts act as the creamy topping in this Whole30 recipe. Though the recipe calls for ground turkey and spinach, any combination of protein and leafy greens will do. (We personally love sausage and kale.) Feel free to be adventurous with the veggies as well, adding chopped broccolini, onion, or even eggplant.
While most stuffed pepper recipes are deep and a bit messy, these hand-held peppers perfectly mimic the art of eating pizza. And you can make them in a toaster. Eat as a fun, healthy snack or with a simple side salad to round out the meal. This recipe uses a fresh tomato topping, but is equally as delicious with pepperoni, meatballs, or a fresh basil leaf.
If you’re sick of scrambled eggs and not quite craving a fritatta, try these breakfast peppers. Filled with egg, green onion, bacon, spinach, and cheese, this recipe is what breakfast dreams are made of. Just make sure you have fruit and coffee or tea on hard, as the recipe takes about an hour from start to finish, and you may want a snack.