Hollow out a pepper and you’ve got the perfect package to plump with tasty fillings. Rather than the traditional rice-and-meat combo, scoop in a vegetarian medley of diced zucchini, black beans, pumpkin seeds and spicy dairy-free cheese. Top with cool, creamy avocado slices and fresh pico de gallo to give these stuffed sensations a Mexican twist.
Spicy Stuffed Peppers
4 orange/yellow/green/red bell peppers, cut in quarters
Spicy Cashew “Cheeze”
3 zucchini, diced
1 cup toasted pumpkin seeds/pepitas
1 cup cooked black beans or pinto beans
1 avocado, diced
Cilantro (for garnish)
Salsa or pico de gallo
1. Prepare Spicy Cashew “Cheeze” according to recipe directions.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
3. Cut peppers into quarters and de-seed. Place face-up on baking sheet
4. Scoop beans and zucchini into peppers, top with “cheese” and pumpkin seeds.
5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. (Note: These stuffed peppers can also be enjoyed raw! Give it a try — you’re going to love it!)
6. Serve with avocado and salsa or pico de gallo, adding cilantro sprigs for garnish.
“Mo’s Healthy Morsels” is written by Maura (“Mo”) Knowles, a certified health coach, recipe developer and owner of Mac-n-Mo’s, a vegan baked goods company created by Knowles to help her dad eat better (and still enjoy food!) after he underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 2010. Knowles’ recipes for snacks, treats and other fun and healthy dishes appear every week here on the Vitacost blog, or visit Mo on Facebook or www.macnmos.com for more “morselicious” ideas and tips.