This European-style vegan stuffed peppers recipe uses simple ingredients that together create a beautiful and nourishing meal.
I must admit that I wasn’t the biggest fan of peppers growing up. It was the only vegetable that I didn’t like. I don’t know why just the flavour was always unpleasant for me. Here in Australia, we call peppers capsicums.
As I got older, my taste buds have evolved, and now the taste of peppers isn’t so bad. It does, however, depend on how it’s prepared and which kind.
I quite like the banana variety and the red ones seem to be sweeter than the green and yellow variety (maybe it’s just me?) but stuffing them seems to be my favourite way to prepare them. Unless they are roasted with other vegetables and tossed through a salad like in this recipe.
Growing up in a vegetarian household we ate a lot of vegetables, and peppers were my dad’s favourite. He would eat them raw on top of a beautiful thick slice of Italian bread, with some butter and fresh garlic.
Also, the chargrilled variety that you can buy in a glass jar in oil were a favourite too. I personally wasn’t a fan of peppers when I was a kid, but they’re slowly growing on me.
Traditional recipes of stuffed peppers would normally have some form of ground meat, sausages and even cheese.
However, this is a vegetarian version that my mum taught me to make a few years ago that she had been making for decades.
Variations of these vegan stuffed peppers
This dish has so many different variations. But I personally really like it with buckwheat because the flavours work really well together. Plus, it’s so easy to make!
Alternatively, you can use rice, quinoa, or another grain of your choice. Just make sure if you’re using a grain that doesn’t have much flavour on its own as you can always add herbs, spices or vegetables to add depth.
What goes well with stuffed peppers?
There is a big range of things you can have with vegan stuffed peppers. Some of my favourite ways to enjoy it is:
- With mashed potatoes
- Roasted potatoes
- Green beans or broccolini
- Green salad
- Thick pieces of good-quality bread
- Or simply on their own!
Can you freeze stuffed peppers?
You certainly can! They freeze really well. It will hold flavour and shape well. Just thaw it out and pop it in the oven top heat up. Alternatively if you use a microwave, you can zap it in there.