Lentil Stuffed Peppers #SundaySupper

Hi Everyone,

Today for #SundaySupper our mission was to make a meatless meal.  I have no problem with that considering I make meatless meals all of the time.  But I gave myself a little mission, make a meatless meal and see if my Husband will eat it.  So today’s recipe is Lentil Stuffed Peppers.  One thing I have to tell you first; is that my Husband LOVES my beef stuffed peppers, it’s one of his favorite meals of all times, next to homemade chicken noodle soup.  So can I get a way with making one of his favorite meals with lentils?
Lentil Stuffed Peppers
Here’s the story:   I skipped my afternoon workout and started to prepare dinner right away, so my Husband wouldn’t catch me cooking. After all, I didn’t want him to see the lentils. I already had my peppers boiled and ready to be stuffed and I was making my mixture, but didn’t add the lentils yet and guess who comes home early from work? My Husband! He walked in the door and said, your making stuffed peppers? They smell delicious! I said yes I am! Normally when he comes home from work he plops down on the couch and turns the TV on, but not tonight! He got a car magazine in the mail and decided to sit in the kitchen to read it. Sigh… So I carefully snuck my lentils into my mixture, turned my back from him and stuffed those peppers. I quickly covered them and put them in the oven. When they were done, I plated it and gave my Husband a pepper. He said, it looks good! He cut it open and said what are those balls in it? I said lentils. He said ahhhhhh, I thought you were making regular stuffed peppers? What a waste of a good pepper. I said just eat it. He must not have been able to resist the smell because normally he would have said I’m not eating it, but he finished cutting it up and he ate it. Honestly, I was shocked. I didn’t say a word to him about the peppers.   If I brought up the pepper he would have moaned and groaned. But you know what? He ate it all! The plate was practically licked clean! Him eating it, is a HUGE compliment. Will I make these again? You bet! But I need to do it far in between for him. I can only give him so many food surprises or I will get too much push back. So to make it up to him, I’ll make him meatloaf tomorrow night. 🙂
Lentil Stuffed Peppers
Between you and I, besides a little texture difference, I didn’t notice the difference between traditional beef peppers and lentil peppers. I love this dish and I love that they are fewer calories and have more fiber then traditional stuffed peppers. This is a very filling dish!! Since the recipe makes 5 peppers, I have leftovers for lunch for a few days. Yah!!!
Lentil Stuffed Peppers
I cheated when making this meal. I used Trader Joe’s Already Cooked Steamed Lentils. I was crunched for time and I wanted something quick, plus I needed to use them. I do love those lentils, but you can always make your own! I have yet to make homemade lentils, but plain on doing it soon. I have a few boxes of it, I just need to do it!!
Lentil Stuffed Peppers

Lentil Stuffed Peppers
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 5 Peppers
  • Serving size: 1 stuffed pepper
    Prep time: 
    Cook time: 
    Total time: 
    A healthy, high fiber, low calorie pepper stuffed with lentils, tomatoes and cheese.
    • 5 large bell peppers
    • 1 tsp. olive oil
    • ½ cup onion, diced small
    • 14oz. can diced tomatoes
    • ½ cup uncooked brown rice
    • ½ cup water
    • 1 tsp. worcestershire sauce
    • 2½ cup lentils, cooked
    • 2 tsp. Parmesan cheese
    • ½ cup lite cheddar cheese, shredded (use vegan cheese to keep recipe vegan)
    1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
    2. Cut tops from the peppers; discard seeds and membranes. Chop the pepper tops; set aside. Place the whole peppers in boiling water for 5 minutes. On a paper towel, invert peppers and let them drain.
    3. Preheat oven 350 degrees
    4. In a large skillet over medium low heat add olive oil, onion, diced pepper tops and cook until tender.
    5. Add un-drained tomatoes, rice, ½ cup of water, worcestershire sauce, parmesan cheese and a dash of pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat. Cover and simmer 15 to 18 minutes or till rice is tender; stir occasionally.
    6. Add lentils and cheddar cheese and stir until cheese is melted. Stuff peppers with lentil mixture and place the peppers in a 10 x 6 x 2 inch baking dish. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil or a lid and bake for 30 - 35 minutes.
    Calories per pepper: 233, Fat: 2, Cholesterol: 1, Sodium: 288, Potassium: 340, Carbs: 41, Fiber: 11, Sugar: 2, Protein: 13

    Lentil Stuffed Peppers
    I love making traditional meals and subbing it with things like lentils and quinoa and trust me if I could have gotten away with this, I would have added quinoa instead of rice, but I could only push the limits so far. Baby steps as I always say!

    I can’t wait to see what the #SundaySupper crew makes for their meatless meals. I can always use more meatless ideas!

    Well my Friends, have a super fab Sunday!!


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    1. Life is too funny, isn’t it? I appreciate the irony of all our best laid plans going another way. However, it sounds like it was a big win-win in the end.

      As a mostly veggies, tofu and/or fish for dinner person, you know I’ve clipped your recipe…and am looking forward to the thumbs up from my husband!

    2. I was giggling to myself as I read your story, my husband would have done the same thing, he always eats whatever I made but I can tell when he likes or dislikes a dish! I’m going to try this and see what happens!! Thanks for the awesome new recipe!

    3. Baby steps, girl. You did well, on every count!

    4. Your husband sounds like mine! Except sadly my husband doesn’t like stuffed peppers. But I want to try this filling stuffed into some zucchini. I cooked a froze a ton of lentils for quick lunches for the baby, so this might be an upcoming Friday dinner during Lent.

    5. I adore stuffed peppers, Jennifer, but have seen the light now that you’ve shared peppers stuffed with lentils! What a wonderful way to get our protein without meat! Thank you for your kind visit! I love your blog TOO!!!! Keep up the great healthy recipes that are proven yummy! xo Roz

    6. This one is a definitely mark in the win column, Jennifer! Maybe next time, go half and half with the meat and work your way back to all lentils again gradually. 🙂 That filling looks absolutely delicious!

    7. You mean there’s still hope for my hubby???? I’d have to hide the prep from him, too 🙂

    8. It’s awesome your husband enjoyed these peppers! Homemade lentils are actually really easy to make. You have to try them – I know you’ll be really happy with the result.

    9. We LOVE lentils! I have no doubt we’d love your peppers, too!

    10. I think your Hubs needs to stop doubting all your meatless/healthy meals. He always ends up loving them! Haha

    11. You had me at stuffed peppers! 🙂

    12. Ahhh my husband is the same… I can only feed him meatless meals if they are pasta based… sigh! I love lentils though and I am sure these peppers tasted amazing!

    13. I’m like your hubby, I wouldn’t be sure I was ready to try something like this, but it certainly might be a good idea! HUGS

    14. I love getting picky omnivores to eat veggie dishes. This one looks fantastic, I don’t know who could turn their nose up at these!

    15. Oh, stuffed peppers are one of my fav vegetarian meals! I’ve actually never made them WITH meat, can you believe it? I usually use couscous for mine, but I love lentils SO much. Must try your version soon!

    16. Haha, you are so funny!! I am always trying to sneak things like this past my husband. These peppers look DELICIOUS, I never thought of filling them with lentils, what a great and healthy idea! I love it!

    17. We are always looking for new ways to stuff peppers. This filling sounds will be next on our list!

    18. Oh how I love lentils! I think I could eat a bowl of just the stuffing. Great way to sneak it in and get your husband to try it.

    19. what a great idea!!! and it looks sooo good! can’t wait to try your lentil stuffed peppers! yummmm!

    20. Love your meatless version of stuffed peppers!!I love lentils and cannot wait to try your recipe 🙂

    21. Even though I’m not a fan of peppers, that filling is a winner in my book!

    22. Ooohh I loves me some stuffed peppers and these sound amazing!

    23. Lentils are our favourite meat substitute. It has such a meaty flavour it is perfect in things like a bolognese sauce that you normally add beef. I love these stuffed peppers and that in spite of the verbal protest hubby seemed to enjoy it.

    24. These look so good Jennifer! I love stuffed peppers, but I’ve never made a meatless version. Great idea!

    25. The only thing I need to add here is that Worcestershire Sauce is not vegetarian nor vegan. Few know that it has fish in it… Anchovies to be exact. Trying this recipe with brown rice and quinoa…sounds yummy!

    26. yummy ….. good way eating peppers

    27. These were so so so good and filling. Cooking the rice with the tomatoes and pepper pieces slowly brought out all kinds of crazy good flavors. Today is leftover day, and I’m watching the clock until it’s an acceptable hour to stuff my face with peppers.

      I used red peppers and all parmesan, and added fresh oregano and garlic. I’m sure the recipe would have been delicious as-is, but I was trying to use up some odds and ends. Instead of boiling then baking the peppers, I put them in the crockpot topped with tomato paste. I needed a lot more water to cook the rice completely. It took about 45 minutes but was well worth it. I ate a bowl of the filling while I waited for the peppers to cook. Mmmmm.

    28. Do you think these would hold up in the freezer? Just looking for quick dinner ideas. I’m a vegetarian and very busy and its hard to not default to quick pasta dishes all the time. This would appeal to the boyfriend too, he’s trying to be a healthier but not the most proficient cook. Thanks in advance!

    29. Gayle Andriani says

      what is the measure of Dry lentils before cooking?

    30. OMG laughed totally out loud this article is so funny! My boyfriend is exactly the same right down to calling the lentils “balls” lol made these tonight they were fantastic! Great recipe and super funny on point writing! Love your blog!

    31. Mmmmm! I’ve always been a fan of eating a lot of meat-filled peppers but I’m switching over to veggie-only dishes and these look delicious. Thanks so much!

    32. I made these last night and substituted cauliflower rice for brown rice. Very good and filling. My husband and daughter ate them as well. Great option for vegetarians and meat eaters as well!!

    33. Good recipe, but the rice is wrong…. Wrong!! I’ve made this twice now and the rice does NOT get done using the instructions stated here. The rice either has to be made separately and added into the tomato mixture later, or maybe white rice substitued in place of the brown so it gets done in the time frame given.

      Other than that, great flavor. Even my teenage son – whose main goal, I believe, is to eat only junk food – enjoyed it.


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