We steam brightly colored bell peppers in the microwave to save time and then stuff them with orzo, spinach and feta. This basic recipe will work with almost any filling--try substituting different types of cheese, herbs or beans. Serve with whole-wheat pita bread and cucumber salad. Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2009

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Halve peppers lengthwise through the stems, leaving the stems attached. Remove the seeds and white membrane. Place the peppers cut-side down in a large microwave-safe dish. Add 1/2 inch water, cover and microwave on High until the peppers are just softened, 7 to 9 minutes. Let cool slightly, drain and set aside.

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  • Meanwhile, bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add orzo and cook until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water.

  • Mash chickpeas into a chunky paste with a fork, leaving some whole.

  • Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until soft, about 4 minutes. Add spinach and oregano and cook, stirring, until the spinach is wilted, about 1 minute. Stir in the orzo, chickpeas, 1/2 cup feta, tomatoes, vinegar and salt; cook until heated though, about 1 minute. Divide the filling among the pepper halves and sprinkle each pepper with some of the remaining 1/4 cup feta.

Nutrition Facts

279 calories; 11.1 g total fat; 4.9 g saturated fat; 25 mg cholesterol; 605 mg sodium. 812 mg potassium; 35.3 g carbohydrates; 7.5 g fiber; 8 g sugar; 11.7 g protein; 6158 IU vitamin a iu; 204 mg vitamin c; 197 mcg folate; 233 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 92 mg magnesium;

Reviews (27)

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27 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
03/20/2018
I liked this recipe a lot! Will be making it again but maybe roasting the peppers in the oven next time and using fresh tomatoes instead of sundried. I also threw some cilantro in there and it tasted great! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2018
Love this recipe! I roasted my bell peppers in the oven though instead of microwaveing them. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/20/2014
I really enjoyed the combination of flavours overall but admit that if i had to do them again I would prefer just cutting up the peppers in medium size chunks and throw them in the pan to cook with onions. All the same flavours without the fuss of stuffing the peppers and trying to get the filling to stay! And I would also not mash up the chickpeas when I do it like this. I will make this again my way! Yum! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/07/2014
Good with a few tweaks These were pretty good and a nice change from the traditional stuffed peppers. The filling was very dry when made as written. I added 1/2 cup of veggie broth and thought it could have used more. I used quinoa instead of orzo (to make it gluten free) added extra sun-dried tomatoes and sprinkled the feta on top of each pepper. Pros: Healthy Interesting Cons: Dry Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/03/2013
A keeper Loved this! We used a can of petite diced tomatoes (with the juice) instead of the sundried tomatoes and the stuffed peppers were delicious. Served with a whole wheat pita. Loved that I didn't have to heat up the whole kitchen. Pros: Easy tasty Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/10/2012
I used quinoa black beans shallots and pepper jack cheese as these were the ingredients I had on hand. I also added some minced garlic and corn. I couldn't call them Greek but they were delicious. A very versatile recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/15/2012
Tasty and Filling Very good and easy to make. Wasn't really a fan of the sun dried tomatoes but I would make it again with less. I served it with greek salad. Even my husband liked this meal Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/21/2012
Great as-is awesome with lemon juice I made these with a mix of orzo and quinoa and used a block of frozen spinach instead of fresh. Like others I found these a little bit dry but I drizzled about 1tsp of lemon juice over each half pepper - not only does this help the dryness but it adds a bit of extra freshness that really goes well with the other flavors. I will definitely make these again but I will probably mix some lemon juice (3-4 tbsp) into the orzo mix before stuffing the peppers:-) Pros: easy to make tastes fantastic Cons: a little dry Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
My boyfriend and I have made this recipe several times and it's fantastic every time! I highly recommend it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I made this for dinner for me and my husband for the first time and couldn't believe how flavorful the peppers were! My husband had never had stuffed peppers before and I had never had them any other way than how my Grandmother made them. We were very pleasantly surprised I would make these for any dinner party or for just the two of us again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This is an amazing recipe. Wonderful that you don't have to buy any meat to make it. The orzo is SO flavorful. We absolutely LOVED these. GREAT recipe. Will save it forever Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This recipe is absolutely fantastic! My husband and I were pleasantly surprised. This is a recipe we will make again and again!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I have had stuffed peppers with meat before. So at first I was hesitant to give this recipe a try but I am so glad that I did.. All I can say is wow... this has been added to my favorites. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Please lower the sodium in this wonderful recipe. where are your low sodium recipes for those who have Menier's problems? thank you Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
WONDERFUL Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
My husband and I recently became vegetarian and I was so glad to find this recipe! We both absolutely loved it and will make it again and again. Thank you! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Love this recipe! I have substituted whole wheat couscous for the orzo and it turns out perfect every time. I've also played around with the vegetable ingredients to reflect what I had on hand switching up shallots for the onions adding chopped green oilves instead of the sun dried tomatoes and throwing in additional veggies like chopped carrots for more texture. This one is a gem! Thanks so much. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
My family and I really enjoyed this stuffed pepper recipe. I followed the recipe pretty closely but added a bit of garlic. The only reason that I did not give it 5 stars is that I thought it was just a touch dry but I will definetely make it again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
I too love this recipe and used farrow instead of orzo. It was yum! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Couldn't find whole wheat orzo so I used brown rice added artichoke hearts subbed garlic for the onion left out oregano and used fresh mint subbed fresh tomatoes for the sun dried left out the vinegar and added a well drained can of salmon. Topped with parmesan and fresh cracked black pepper before popping in the oven. Fantastic! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
The only change I made was to add three cloves of garlic. Very good! Even the picky husband and teenager liked it! Will definitely do this again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Pretty Good I enjoyed this dish but thought it may have been a little dry. If I make this again i think i will add some tomato sauce Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Delicious! I followed recipe exactly wouldn't change a thing. Pros: This was delicious. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Delicious Easy to make and it was very tasty! I would recommend! Pros: Easy Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Good but a little complicated This was a really tasty dinner and I was suprising filled by only 2 halves. However it took more prep time than I expected and a LOT more dishes (dish to steam peppers dish to mash beans to boil orzo to sautee onions...etc). Pros: Healthy flavorful beautiful colors Cons: Uses a lot of dishes in prep work! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
love! love this recipe! did recipe as is - but used quinoa instead of orzo - really great! Pros: everything! Cons: none!:) Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Nice variety to stuffed peppers I made this exactly as written but used regular orzo instead of whole wheat. It was a tasty dinner along with steamed green beans. I can see how others have said it was a bit dry...I tried to eliminate that by not overheating the filling once everything was mixed in. Read More