Stuffed peppers are really delicious and easy to make. This stuffed pepper recipe is ideal when you have been working hard all day you need something really easy to cook when you come in from work – ideally something you can just put in the oven while you shower, have a cup of tea or relax with a book.
It is the reason why ready meals can be so tempting. But you also want something really tasty and with plenty of nutrients. Low cost is good too especially if you are on a low budget. Ready meals rarely fulfill those two requirements.
Stuffed Pepper Recipe – Really Easy to prepare
Stuffed peppers may not be the first thing you think of when you are looking for something that is quick to prepare. However bear with me and you will see this recipe really fits the bill. It is also easy to adapt to the number of people you are serving. This recipe could also be a starter course to a dinner party – just serve half a pepper instead of a whole one.
Stuffed Peppers are a wonderful meal for when you need something quick, easy, tasty and low cost. Just 5 minutes preparation time – ready to eat in 30 minutes
Stuffed Peppers – Any Colour
I have used green peppers in this recipe as they are my favourite. You could use red, orange or yellow peppers – or a mix so that a person gets eg half a red pepper and half a yellow pepper. The only preparation required is to cut in half length ways, cut out the pith and seeds and lay them in a baking tray.
Local peppers are plentiful in late summer. Check your local food supplier to see what different shapes and types of pepper are available. They tend to be available from supermarkets all year round.
Couscous takes almost no time to prepare – just measure it out and place in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Leave for 5 minutes and then it is ready to use. Couscous makes an easy alternative to pasta. It is very similar, being tiny grains of durum wheat. It has little flavour itself, but soaks up the flavours of anything that is put with it. It originates from North Africa and has been a staple there possibly since the 11th century. It was not until recent times that it gained popularity in Europe, particularly in France.
The remaining ingredients in this recipe are tomatoes, flaked almonds, feta cheese, olives and some basil leaves. Feta cheese is a Greek cheese traditionally made from sheep or goats milk. Owing to an EU ruling, such cheese can only be given the name ‘feta’ if it has been made in Greece. Otherwise it may bear the name ‘Greek-style’ cheese for example.
Fresh basil leaves are best but use dried ones if you don’t have a basil plant. I used black olives, because they are my favourite, but you can use any olives. In late summer, do try to buy local tomatoes. Apart from supporting your local economy and reducing your carbon footprint, they are likely to be the most delicious especially if they are freshly picked when ripe. You could use sun dried tomatoes instead.
Serve this dish with a salad or your favourite vegetables. Is served it recently with carrots and green beans.
The couscous mix can be made on its own to be served in salads or even as lunchtime dish. It could be sealed in a plastic container to takes as a packed lunch.
Serves 2 as Main Course (or 4 for starter) – just double the quantities for 4 people
- 2 Large Peppers (any colour) cut in half length ways with pith and seeds removed
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 80g / 3oz couscous
- 130ml Boiling water
- 40g / 1.5oz feta cheese
- 2-3 small tomatoes, chopped
- 25g / 1oz flaked almonds
- 4-5 basil leaves, torn
- 10-15 olives halved
- Brush the peppers with olive oil and place in a baking dish
- Bake in an oven for 15-20 minutes at 200 degrees C until soft
- Meanwhile, place the couscous in a bowl
- Pour over boiling water to about 1cm above the couscous
- Allow to stand for 5 minutes
- Stir the tomatoes into the couscous
- Add the almonds and basil leaves and stir
- Add the olives and stir
- Crumble the cheese in and stir
- Spoon the mixture into the peppers, dividing it evenly between the pepper halves
- Spoon any excess over the top
- Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes at 160 degrees C
- Serve immediately
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