This is my new favourite recipe!
I was feeling adventurous so I experimented with an idea on a whim and I was SO impressed how delicious it turned out.
I love how this is such an amazing way to get protein – incorporating beans into my diet has been hard for me and this recipe makes me want to eat beans every day! It was so delicious that I made it with 3 friends in the span of a few weeks because everyone wanted to try it. Every time I made it, I had leftovers so I definitely got my fill of beans recently! These are actually even more delicious the next day because all the flavours soak in.
Alright, I’ll stop yammering, here’s the recipe:
Stuffed Lentil Peppers
Ingredients (the best part about this recipe is that you can use anything you want. The following list includes what I used):
Crumbled feta (or goat cheese)
Any other veggies
Directions (I would recommend starting the filling and peppers at the same time):
Start by simmering the onions and garlic on low heat in some oil – I like using grapeseed oil.
Once the onions are translucent, add an
y other veggies in the pan.
Then add in the diced tomatoes and lentils. The tomatoes will dilute the mixture with its juiced, so let simmer until it reduces.
Add in any spices you like – I added in some oregano and seasoned salt.
Once the mixture seems thick and mushy and less watery, it’s ready.
Put it in a mixing bowl and mix in the cheese. I like the combination of the hot filling and the cold cheese, but you can also add in the cheese to the pan if you like it melty. Last time I added a little of cheese to the pan to make the mixture creamy, and then added the rest of the cold cheese to the bowl so it was the best of both worlds!
Cut off the top of the pepper (cut off the least amount possible so you can still stuff the filling in).
I like to blanche the peppers. There are many options, but I found I enjoy the combination of hot filling in a cold, crunchy pepper.
Blanching means simmering the peppers in boiling water for about 8 minutes, then transferring immediately into a bowl of ice water.
While the peppers are simmering, prepare a large bowl of water and ice cubes.
When they’re ready, use tongs and transfer the peppers to the bowl. They’ll be nice and cold once the filling is ready.
Once everything is ready, you can get to the fun part: stuffing the peppers!
This part is pretty self-explanatory.
So here you go!