Greek Orzo Stuffed Peppers

Other, Vegetarian

Greek Orzo Stuffed Peppers

Adapted from eatingwell.com

What I loved about these peppers, besides their being Greek-inspired, was the fact that they are so nutritious. They are packed with veggies, protein, whole grain and some cheese. Those are four food groups in one! You have a whole rainbow of food right there which is what we should be eating everyday.

Yields 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 yellow, orange and red bell peppers
  • ½ cup whole-wheat orzo, uncooked
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 5 ounces baby spinach
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¾ cup crumbled feta cheese, divided
  • 1 tablespoon aceto or red-wine vinegar

Directions:

  1. Halve the 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 ½ inch water, cover with microwavable plastic wrap and microwave on high until peppers are just softened, 7 to 9 minutes. Let cool slightly, drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a saucepan of water to a boil. Add the orzo and cook until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes or according to the packaged instructions. Drain and return to the saucepan.
  3. Mash the chickpeas into a chunky paste with a fork, leaving some whole.
  4. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until soft. Add the spinach and oregano and cook, stirring until the spinach is wilted.
  5. Stir in the orzo, chickpeas, ½ cup of feta and vinegar. Cook until heated through.
  6. Divide the filling among the pepper halves and sprinkle each pepper with some of the remaining ¼ cup of feta.

Comments: This is another easy and quick recipe. Goes to show that healthy can also be quick. If there is one suggestion I would make is don’t freak out with the spinach. I don’t have a very large skillet at home and when I added the spinach, I could barely stir it, which scared me a bit. Then I remembered how quickly spinach shrinks down. So don’t worry. It’ll turn out fine!

Greek Orzo Stuffed Peppers, porción

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