This vegetarian stuffed peppers recipe packs a flavor punch, thanks to za'atar spice mix and a pinch of crushed red pepper. Serve one homemade stuffed pepper with rice as a side or two for an entree.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


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  • Preheat oven to 400°F. In a large skillet heat oil over medium heat. Add onion; cook 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add the next five ingredients (through black pepper); cook and stir 1 minute more. Stir in beans and tomato puree; heat through. Stir in rice.

  • Halve sweet peppers lengthwise; remove and discard seeds and membranes. Fill pepper halves with rice mixture. Place stuffed peppers in a 3-quart rectangular baking dish. Pour the water into dish around peppers.

  • Bake, covered, 30 minutes or until peppers are crisp-tender. Top with yogurt and, if desired, cucumber, parsley, and/or additional za'atar spice mix. If desired, serve with lemon wedges.

Za'atar Chicken- and Rice-Stuffed Peppers:

Prepare as directed, except stir in 1 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken with the rice.Nutrition analysis per serving: 242 calories, 15 g protein, 36 g carbohydrate, 5 to total fat (1 g sat. fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 4 g fiber, 6 g total sugar, 14% Vitamin A, 100% Vitamin C, 354 mg sodium, 7% calcium, 14% iron

Nutrition Facts

192 calories; 3 g total fat; 0 g saturated fat; 0 g polyunsaturated fat; 1 g monounsaturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 331 mg sodium. 388 mg potassium; 36 g carbohydrates; 4 g fiber; 6 g sugar; 8 g protein; 0 g trans fatty acid; 676 IU vitamin a; 60 mg vitamin c; 0 mg thiamin; 0 mg riboflavin; 1 mg niacin equivalents; 0 mg vitamin b6; 20 mcg folate; 0 mcg vitamin b12; 63 mg calcium; 2 mg iron;

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While I prefer quinoa or couscous in my stuffed peppers, I think this makes a good mini meal and this variation will go well with a coleslaw or lentil soup. Pepper, tomato puree and Za'atar -- varied flavors in one dish. A tasty Mediterranean spin to the dish with Za'atar, and parsley, but as always, the quality of your herbs matters. Your Za'atar blend should contain high-quality ingredients like sumac, sesame seeds and wild thyme, as where these herbs are harvested alters their essential oil levels and impacts final flavor. If you've been using grocery store mixes with wheat fillings, you're missing out. That's why I havve started to buy my Za'atar blend from