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Vegan Couscous Stuffed Peppers

Easy, 9-ingredient Couscous Stuffed Peppers! Beautiful peppers stuffed with fluffy couscous, black beans, tomatoes, and fiesta flavors.
AuthorKaitlin - The Garden Grazer
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
CourseMain Dish
CuisineMexican, Vegan
Servings8 pepper halves

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat couscous (or sub quinoa for gluten-free)
  • 4 bell peppers
  • 1 small onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 15 oz. can black beans
  • 15 oz. can diced tomatoes (or fire-roasted)
  • 1 cup vegan shredded cheese (I like Follow Your Heart brand)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder

Toppings (optional):

  • Avocado, cilantro, guacamole, salsa, green onions, etc.

Instructions

  • Cook couscous: boil 1 cup salted water in a saucepan. Remove from heat, add couscous, stir, and cover. Let sit 5 minutes. Uncover and fluff.
  • Meanwhile, dice onion and mince garlic.
  • In a skillet over med-high heat, saute onion for 7-8 minutes. (I use 3 Tbsp. water/veggie broth for no-oil saute method.)
  • When onions are soft, add minced garlic, cumin, and chili powder. Stir and saute 1-2 more minutes.
  • Add black beans (rinsed and drained) and diced tomatoes. Stir to combine and heat for 5 minutes.
  • In a large bowl (or your skillet if it's large enough), combine the black bean mixture with cooked couscous and vegan cheese. Stir.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C).
  • Cut peppers in half lengthwise. Remove stem and clean out inner ribs with a spoon.
  • Fill each pepper half, lightly packing down, and place in a 9×13 baking dish.
  • Add a little water to the bottom of the pan and cover with foil. Bake for 40 minutes.
  • Remove foil, add a sprinkle of additional cheese on top if desired, and bake for 5-10 more minutes. Garnish with any desired toppings before serving.

Notes

For a gluten-free version, simply use quinoa instead of couscous.
Feel free to change it up with the spices you love. Smoked paprika or a touch of ground chipotle is a lovely, smoky addition!

Nutrition Per Serving (Estimate)

Calories: 241 kcalCarbohydrates: 45 gProtein: 9 gFat: 4 gSaturated Fat: 1 gPotassium: 436 mgFiber: 9 gSugar: 5 gVitamin A: 2028 IUVitamin C: 84 mgCalcium: 73 mgIron: 4 mg