Meatless Stuffed Peppers are a hearty and flavorful with cauliflower, walnuts, salsa, garlic, and onions. Make the meatless crumbles ahead of time to save time.
Meatless Stuffed Peppers are so hearty and delicious, you may never eat the carnivore version again! This recipe uses Vegan cauliflower walnut crumbles and combines salsa, garlic with onions to deliver a satisfying meal for anyone around your table.
I like using a variety of bell pepper colors as they vary on sweetness. The orange and yellow bell peppers will be sweeter than the red and the green varieties in general. I personally prefer this meatless stuffing with the sweet taste of the orange peppers.
Bell peppers, also known as sweet peppers or capsicums, are not only delicious but also offer a range of health benefits due to their nutritional content. Here are some of the benefits of including bell peppers in your diet:
- Rich in Vitamins and Minerals:
- High in vitamin C: Bell peppers are an excellent source of vitamin C, which is essential for a healthy immune system and skin.
- Good source of vitamin A: They contain beta-carotene, which the body can convert into vitamin A, important for eye health and immune function.
- Provide vitamin B6: This vitamin plays a role in brain development and function.
- Contain minerals like potassium and folate, which are important for overall health.
- Low in Calories:
- Bell peppers are low in calories, making them a great addition to a weight-conscious diet. A medium-sized pepper contains only about 30-40 calories.
- Rich in Antioxidants:
- They are loaded with antioxidants, such as carotenoids (beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin) and flavonoids. Antioxidants help protect cells from oxidative damage and may reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
- Supports Eye Health:
- The high content of carotenoids, especially lutein and zeaxanthin, can promote eye health by reducing the risk of age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.
- Aid in Digestion:
- Bell peppers contain dietary fiber, which can help support healthy digestion and prevent constipation.
- Potential Cancer Prevention:
- Some studies suggest that the antioxidants and phytochemicals in bell peppers may have a role in reducing the risk of certain types of cancer, including lung and prostate cancer.
- Heart Health:
- The potassium and folate in bell peppers contribute to heart health by helping to regulate blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease.
- Skin Health:
- Vitamin C is essential for collagen production, which is crucial for healthy skin. Consuming bell peppers can help maintain skin elasticity and reduce the signs of aging.
- Weight Management:
- Their low-calorie content and high fiber content make bell peppers a filling and satisfying addition to meals, which can support weight management efforts.
- Versatile and Delicious:
- Bell peppers come in various colors (green, red, yellow, orange) and have a sweet, slightly tangy taste. They can be used in a wide range of dishes, from salads to stir-fries, and are a tasty way to incorporate more vegetables into your diet.
It’s important to note that the nutritional content of bell peppers can vary depending on their color, with red peppers generally having more vitamins and antioxidants than green ones. Including a variety of colors in your diet can maximize the health benefits of bell peppers.
Enjoy these meatless stuffed peppers from The Hungry Veggie!
- 1 cup rice, uncooked
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 sweet onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 cups store bought salsa
- 2 cups cauliflower walnut crumbles
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 4 large bell peppers, cored and seeded
For the garnish:
- 3/4 cups Vegan sour cream, optional
- 2 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped
- Preheat oven to 400° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Prepare rice according to package directions.
- As the rice is cooking, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
- Add the onion and garlic to the skillet and cook for 3 minutes, until onions soften.
- Add the cauliflower walnut meat and stir to combine.
- Pour the salsa over top the cauliflower mix and stir to combine.
- Line the peppers onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Divide the rice among the 4 peppers and top with the caulifloewr mixture.
- Bake in the preheated oven 35-40 minutes until the peppers are softened.
- Garnish with a dollop of the Vegan sour cream (optional) and sprinkle with the parsley.
- Serve immediately.