These rice and veggie stuffed peppers cooked in a delicious tomato sauce are the perfect comfort food for the cold weather! This recipe was made in partnership with the USA Rice Federation, but all opinions are my own.
For as long as I could remember, my mom would make rice and meat stuffed peppers for my siblings and I at least once a week growing up. It was one of those dinners that all of us loved, and reminded us so much of our grandma’s cooking.
Once I became a vegetarian, she started prepping them without ground meat and, they still tasted amazing! I knew I had to recreate this recipe myself with a spin, and I’m so happy I did because it’s one of my favorites cozy dinners!
These vegetarian stuffed peppers are filled with long grain brown rice, sauteed veggies, and a plant-based ground meat that can easily be left out or swapped with real meat! They’re the perfect balance of whole grains, fiber and protein, and the ultimate comfort food for these chilly nights.
September happens to be National Rice Month, a celebration of the U.S. rice industry, including farmers, producers and manufacturers, and this year marks the 30th anniversary of National Rice Month. Rice is such a huge staple in more than half of the world’s diets. There are so many varieties, including long grain, short grain, wild, brown and white to name a few.
They’re all a great source of carbohydrates (= energy), fiber, antioxidants, and even protein!
Long Grain Rice
For this stuffed pepper recipe I used high-quality, U.S.-grown long grain brown rice. Once cooked, it’s lighter, fluffier, and more separated than medium or short-grain rice. Brown rice is a 100% whole grain, rich in vitamins and minerals, especially the B-complex group. It has a chewy texture and a nutty flavor, and adds a nice boost of fiber to any meal!
Did you know long grain rice accounts for more than 60% of the rice grown in the United States? U.S.-grown long grain rice is grown in Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Texas.
Rice packs in more than 15 essential vitamins and minerals, including potassium, magnesium, folic acid and B vitamins. It’s also naturally free of sodium, cholesterol and gluten. Purchasing rice grown in the USA helps support local growers, while also reducing your food miles.
It’s a great boost of energy and whole-grains, which can help lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers. Rice is also shelf-stable, affordable, and can be used in SO many recipes.
What you’ll need for these Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers
The beauty of this recipe is that you can use any variation of veggies you have lying around! Here’s what you’ll need:
- Large bell peppers
- U.S grown long-grain brown rice
- Onions, I used both red and white
- Plant-based ground meat (or real meat!)
- Crushed tomatoes
- Olive oil
These peppers are so flavorful, and loaded with tons of the veggies! They’re a great make ahead option for a busy week, and cater to a gluten-free and vegan diet.
How to prep your stuffed peppers
I’m all about a one pot dish when it comes to weeknight meals. One of the best parts of this recipe is that you only have to dirty one pot to prep everything!
- Chop up all of your veggies and add them to a pot with the oil and spices to soften. I also chop up the top of my peppers so that they don’t go to waste!
- Then, you mix in your rice and give it a stir to “fry” it with the veggie mix.
- After a few minutes, you can add in the plant-based ground meat. You toss it all together with the veggies and rice until its cooked through, and then turn the fire off.
- Once your mixture is finished, begin to stuff the peppers. Whenever I have leftover rice, I leave it in the pot to cook with the sauce.
- Once your peppers are filled, add the sauce into the pot and layer your peppers.
- Cook them on a low heat until they’re nice and tender!
As I mentioned, this recipe is super customizable and can be altered to your liking. I know you guys are going to love it, and can’t wait to hear your thoughts! Be sure to check out some of my other vegetarian dinner recipes, like these lentil tacos or maple tahini tofu.
Thank you to the USA Rice Federation for sponsoring this post. I love working with brands I truly love and believe in.