You can vary the filling by substituting robust mustard greens or collards, or milder greens, such as spinach, escarole or Swiss chard. (Cook the greens until just tender in Step 2.)

Marie Simmons
Source: EatingWell Magazine, Winter 2003






Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare peppers: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Halve peppers lengthwise through the stems, leaving them attached. Remove the seeds. Lightly brush the peppers outside and inside with oil; sprinkle the insides with salt and pepper. Place, cut-side down, in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Bake until peppers are just tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool slightly. Turn cut-side up.

  • To prepare filling: Bring 2 cups salted water to a boil in a large wide pan. Stir in kale, cover and cook until tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain, rinse under cold water; squeeze dry. Finely chop.

  • Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and chopped bell pepper; cook, stirring often, until onion is golden, 6 to 8 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Stir in the kale. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly. Stir in rice, Parmesan, 2 tablespoons pine nuts and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Divide the filling among the pepper halves. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons pine nuts.

  • Add 2 tablespoons water to the baking dish. Cover the peppers with foil and bake until heated through, 15 to 20 minutes. Uncover and bake for 5 minutes more. Serve hot.


Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through step 3, cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Tips: To cook brown rice: Place 1 cup brown rice, 21/2 cups water and a pinch of salt, if desired, in a medium saucepan; bring to a simmer. Cover; cook over low heat until rice is tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed, 45 to 50 minutes. Makes 3 cups.

To toast pine nuts: Heat a small dry skillet over medium-low heat. Add pine nuts and cook, stirring constantly, until golden and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. (Or spread in a small baking pan and bake at 400°F for about 5 minutes.)

Nutrition Facts

176 calories; protein 5g; carbohydrates 16.2g; dietary fiber 3.2g; sugars 4.4g; fat 10.8g; saturated fat 2g; cholesterol 5.7mg; vitamin a iu 7725IU; vitamin c 110.8mg; folate 45.5mcg; calcium 100.2mg; iron 1.2mg; magnesium 45.1mg; potassium 340.5mg; sodium 327.4mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

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  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
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Rating: 4 stars
This recipe was a husband fact we made it two days in a row (his request). However second time I added a nice difference in fact better sweetness was good. Plus I added grated lite cheddar to mix....yum Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I altered the recipe a bit but it still came out great. I omitted the diced pepper from the mixture and added leeks because I had them and some lentils to make it more filling. The toasted pine nuts were great! I would definitely make this again. I think some zucchini or mushrooms would be good in it. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Good not great I made this because I had some kale and red peppers to use up. I had a part of a green pepper so I added that to the filling instead of the red pepper. Also I know know why the instructions says to boil the kale. I just added it to the dry pan after the onions garlic and green pepper and wilted it which worked great. I added some fresh thyme because it had it. Overall I thought it needed a bit more flavor. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was perfect- easy to make and yummy! I added ground turkey subtracted the diced peppers. My husband wouldn't stop raving about it. I'm looking forward to making this again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I loves this recipe. To make this recipe more budget friendly, instead of using pine nuts, I used walnuts but your could use almonds too. And instead of Parmesan I used garlic herb cheddar. So delicious and healthy. I would make it again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious!! The toasted pine nuts added excellent texture and flavor plus they were easy to make. Yum! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious and easy to prepare. I am making them for the second time this month! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Excellent dish! I basically cleaned out my fridge on this one I didn't have any pine nuts but had some left over zucchini and portabella mushrooms which I diced up sauteed and put in the filling. I omitted the red pepper in the filling and just used some crushed red pepper for seasoning. This was one of the most amazing dishes I've ever made my husband said I should open a healthy living restaurant after trying these...and he's from New Jersey grew up on eating stuffed peppers so this is a real compliment! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Great Kale Recipe I am always looking for recipes for Kale. Kale has so many nutrients. I will make this again but next time I will use a little more seasoning and cheese. Pros: You can use a variation of vegetables and whole grains with this recipe Cons: None Read More