Vegan Italian Stuffed Peppers topped with caramelized onions and melted vegan cheese {plant based, gluten-free, vegan, healthy}

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A few months ago I was looking for something to cook for dinner. I didn’t have much in the fridge expect for some vegan meat, a few veggies, a box of pasta and a can of tomato sauce. I know! We were running desperately low on food. YIKES! So I racked my brain for what I could make. I for sure wasn’t in the mood for pasta or hamburgers but then I remembered these delicious stuffed peppers I had at a party a few months prior and thought chef T should take a crack at them. Basically, I just piled all these ingredients (minus the pasta) into a pan, added spices, sauces, cooked for a few minutes and this yummy dish was created! I was extremely surprised with just how delicious it tasted and so was my dad! So I thought, why not share it on the blog so others can enjoy it with me. ๐Ÿ™‚

These stuffed peppers are filled with flavorful ingredients and are an updated version of the classic Italian stuffed peppers I used to eat as a kid. If you are not vegan then feel free to make with regular ground beef and cheese. You can also use any color peppers you prefer, since I know some people don’t like the red flavor. It would even be nice to use 1 green, 1 red, and 1 yellow if making for a party; what a beautiful array of colors. Then simply just season your meat, stuff the peppers and pop in your trusty ol’ oven for a few minutes and voila! You now have the perfect dish for any day of the week.

And, since it’s Monday, the start to a brand new week. Now is the perfect time to try out new recipes for your family. So here’s my take on the classic Italian stuffed peppers that will quickly become a new favorite of yours! ๐Ÿ™‚


Ingredients

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  • 2 red peppers or color of your choice
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 1 pound plant based beyond meat beef or your favorite vegan beef substitute – replace with regular ground beef if not vegan
  • 1 cup Italian tomato sauce (with the added spices) + more for assembling peppers
  • 2 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil + more for oiling skillet + more for assembling peppers
  • Sprinkle of your favorite vegan cheese (optional)
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Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. In a pan add vegan meat, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, chili powder, turmeric powder, minced garlic and 2 tbsp olive oil. Cook until meat is cooked through. Don’t get rid of pan yet, were going to use the same pan when cooking the onions.
  3. Cut your peppers in half, clean out the seeds and stuff your vegan meat mixture into them. Sprinkle vegan cheese on top if using (optional). Drizzle a small amount of olive oil on top and a scoop of your Italian sauce.
  4. In a cast iron skillet or oven proof baking pan/dish, oil the bottom with olive oil and place your peppers bottom side down into the pan.
  5. Cook for 25 minutes or until the peppers are tender. Mine take about 28 minutes. If adding cheese sprinkle on the last 6-10 minutes of cooking (optional).
  6. While the peppers are cooking cut up your onion and add to the same pan you cooked your meat in. You shouldn’t need to add any spices, oils or sauce because what’s leftover from cooking the meat will be enough. Cook onions until caramelized making sure to mix the leftovers in the pan with them.
  7. Once your peppers are done top with caramelized onions and ENJOY ๐Ÿ™‚

Make this recipe and use the hashtag #diylifestylecooking on Instagram so I can see how it came out! And/or leave a comment below this post with your thoughts! ๐Ÿ™‚

Vegan Italian Stuffed Peppers topped with caramelized onions and melted vegan cheese.

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{Gluten-free, healthy, vegan}
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 peppers

Equipment

  • Baking dish

Ingredients
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  • 2 red peppers or color of your choice
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 1 pound plant based beyond meat beef or your favorite vegan beef substitute – replace with regular ground beef if not vegan
  • 1 cup Italian tomato sauce with the added spices + more for assembling peppers
  • 2 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil + more for oiling skillet + more for assembling peppers
  • Sprinkle of your favorite vegan cheese optional

Instructions
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  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • In a pan add vegan meat, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, chili powder, turmeric powder, minced garlic and 2 tbsp olive oil. Cook until meat is cooked through. Don’t get rid of pan yet, were going to use the same pan when cooking the onions.
  • Cut your peppers in half, clean out the seeds and stuff your vegan meat mixture into them. Sprinkle vegan cheese on top if using (optional). Drizzle a small amount of olive oil on top and a scoop of your Italian sauce.
  • In a cast iron skillet or oven proof baking pan/dish, oil the bottom with olive oil and place your peppers bottom side down into the pan. Cook for 25 minutes or until the peppers are tender. Mine take about 28 minutes. If adding cheese sprinkle on the last 6-10 minutes of cooking (optional).
  • While the peppers are cooking cut up your onion and add to the same pan you cooked your meat in. You shouldn’t need to add any spices, oils or sauce because what’s leftover from cooking the meat will be enough. Cook onions until caramelized making sure to mix the leftovers in the pan with them.
  • Once your peppers are done top with caramelized onions and ENJOY ๐Ÿ™‚

Notes

Make this recipe and use the hashtag #diylifestylecooking on Instagram so I can see how it came out! And/or leave a comment below this post with your thoughts!ย 

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Thank you so much for reading today’s post! Have a great start to your week everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

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