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Stuffed Bell Peppers

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I don’t like being late. In fact, I hate it. I start to sweat, my fists tighten and my teeth clench at the thought of being late to something I have committed to. It stresses me out to say the least and gives me the biggest dose of anxiety.  Now despite this fact, for some reason, there are times when I just cannot get my act together. I apparently have horrible time management and get carried away with others things that demand my distraction. My intentions are good, I promise they are, but regardless I am notorious for being fashionably late. 

So when I was invited to a Virtual Veggie Potluck dinner today with some of my friends, I of course had to come…late. I blame it on the books my sister and friend have made me read. I have been lost in a world of fiction. Driving over here, I was sweating, tightening and clenching. Hopefully everything hasn’t already been eaten but if so, thank goodness I brought my Stuffed Red Peppers. I will just sit in the corner and eat them all by myself.

Stuffed Veggie Bell Peppers Recipe

Makes 4 bell pepper halves

Gluten, egg and dairy free


  • 2 red peppers, cut length-wise and de-gutted
  • 1/2 c. uncooked, rinsed and drained quinoa
  • 1 c. vegetable broth 
  • 1 c. black beans, drained
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ancho chile seasoning
  • chopped cilantro
  • non-dairy sour cream for topping


  • Cook quinoa as directed on package with veggie broth.
  • Saute onion in skillet until soft. Add cumin and ancho chile seasoning. Cook for another minute.
  • Add beans and cooked quinoa into onion mix until well combined.
  • Stuff inside peppers (either you can keep the peppers raw or char them on the stove top).
  • Top with non-dairy sour cream and cilantro.

Check out these talented ladies’ food. They will have you drooling for more. Maybe next time it will inspire me to be on time. Maybe. 

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Hope someone brought some napkins…

60 Comments Post a comment
  1. So it’s just about 9pm and I really don’t want to be getting hungry again (yet here I am reading your post, lol). Those bell peppers look very good!

    May 25, 2012
  2. Tasty Yummies #

    I am like you Cara, I absolutely HATE being late. So much so, that I almost always end up places awkwardly early as a result of my fear of being late. haha
    These peppers look amazing, stuffed veggies are some of my favorite things. Always so simple and always totally satisfying.

    May 23, 2012
  3. All so beautiful and delicious! I love Stuffed peppers! Yum!

    May 23, 2012
  4. lizziebordello #

    Everything looks so good!

    I have pretty much resigned myself to being late all the time. It’s so chronic that, once we were playing some word guessing game with The Husband’s family, and his sister gave the clue, “Lizzie and The Husband are always…” for the answer “late.” It was guessed immediately. ;p

    May 22, 2012
    • Okay, that story is hilarious. At that point, you just embrace it and smile about it 🙂

      May 22, 2012
  5. Well now, I’m posting a comment late on your late post so who’s the most fashionable? I shall have to try these. I’m not usually a fan of stuffed peppers but I’m sure yours are pretty great!

    May 22, 2012
    • I vote YOU as the most fashionable. And because of your tardiness, I already ate all the peppers…not that you would mind 🙂

      May 22, 2012
  6. When I got your late entry to the potluck in my e-mail, I just had to laugh…because I had just closed the last tab after looking at some of the potluck entries! I hadn’t had time before today. So, for me, you were right on time. 😀

    May 22, 2012
    • AND you saw that you won too, right???

      May 22, 2012
      • Won? No, I didn’t see. Wait…what did I win???

        May 23, 2012
      • Okay, I went searching…and found it. I am embarrassed to admit that I didn’t even see the blurb about entering to win cookies. I was commenting because I needed to say something. LOL! And then I missed my name at the top of the next entry. Wow…oblivious! lol (Must have been all of the blogs I had been reading yesterday made my eyes blur.)
        Thank you!

        May 23, 2012
  7. These look soooo good! My search for a super-tasty stuffed bell pepper is finally over! Lovely photos as well, Cara!

    May 22, 2012
    • Super tasty stuffed peppers, Kristy. Kristy, super tasty stuffed peppers 🙂

      May 22, 2012
  8. Hehe these look delicious! I love when you post main dishes!

    And don’t worry, you are so lovely, I’m sure EVERYONE thinks nothing of your lateness, both in the potluck and everywhere else 🙂

    May 22, 2012
    • You know, I love posting main dishes as well 🙂 Don’t encourage me with my tardiness though–I will take that compliment to heart and use it as my excuse. “But Gabby said I am lovely…” hehe

      May 22, 2012
  9. Gorgeous recipe :D. I don’t like being late either, but I never am :D. Must be my relationship between my blonde hair, blue eye and the Germans… hmmm… one ought to be prompt :D. What have you been reading?!

    May 22, 2012
    • I’m ashamed to admit to you what I’m reading BUT I will say that it takes place in London. Does that count? ha.

      May 22, 2012
  10. No worries about being a little late – we saved plenty of room for your stuffed peppers! 😉

    Perfect thin to bring, by the way. The recipe looks great!

    May 22, 2012
    • I figured if no one brought any plates, it would be perfect to bring edible ones 🙂 Thanks for waiting for me!

      May 22, 2012
  11. Oooo stuffed peppers very nice Cara – I started with dessert anyways so you are just in time 🙂

    I so dislike being late too (um hello sweaty pits)….however I always find myself running late to EVERYTHING – in my mind I think I have enough time to accomplish a list of “to do’s” before an event, but then I am sidetracked – I am notorious for being between 10- 30 minutes late for everything I attend – My Dad started telling me an event started 30 minutes before the actual start time so I would be on time 🙂 it is always a shocker when I manage to arrive before anyone else 🙂

    I have a bag of green peppers calling to me – I am pretty sure they are asking to be made into this tonight.


    May 22, 2012
    • A girl after my own heart–late, eats dessert first and sweaty armpits! How I love thee, Heather 🙂

      May 22, 2012
  12. Oh lady! These look so hearty, healthy, and delicious! Love your savory posts.

    Now go sit in the corner and eat your stuffed peppers!

    May 22, 2012
    • You know what I love? That new pic of yours in your gravatar. Why are you the cutest thing ever??

      May 22, 2012
  13. bahaha..i’m always late! stuffed peppers were one of my family’s staples growing up. my mom made them with ground beef, rice, and tomato sauce. these look a million times better 😉

    May 22, 2012
    • Do you think we will ever get our acts together and start showing up on time for events??? ha! Sometimes I do but let’s face it, who likes getting there before anyone else? Being fashionably late never hurt anyone right?!

      May 22, 2012
  14. Alexiasana #

    I hate being late too but I still always am! I am trying so hard not to and i did get better but I am just an always late person. lol.. oh gosh if there are any leftovers I will come PERSONALLY to pick them up! love those stuffed peppers!

    May 22, 2012
    • Don’t tease! There ARE leftovers. How fast can you get here??? 😉

      May 22, 2012
      • Alexiasana #

        oh really? awww i need to come! Where do you live exactly just in case I finish work early today 😉

        May 23, 2012
  15. These look scrumptious my friend! I love stuffed peppers and quinoa is the perfect filling, we like the same food and I love it! Thinking of you love, thanks again for being SO amazing…I heart you…

    May 21, 2012
    • You know what I love? YOU!!! Been thinking of you all day. Wishing you lots of love friend. So grateful for you!

      May 21, 2012
  16. Cara,
    These look sooo yummy! I’ve only had this once before, and I’ve been searching for a good recipe since. I think it was well worth the wait…I actually didn’t care, I was stuck in a car for 14 hours and am now playing catch-up!!! Thank you again for posting these! Cheers! Xoxo

    May 21, 2012
    • Eeeek, 14 hours in a car??? That is a long drive for a potluck 🙂 haha. Great meeting you through this! Excited to check out more of your posts. xo

      May 22, 2012
  17. Somer #

    Um, have any leftovers? Maybe you made me some dessert too?

    May 21, 2012
    • I do have leftovers and yes! Dessert too. How about a gf/vegan homemade Drumstick cone? Wanna come over??

      May 21, 2012
  18. those stuffed peppers look fabulous! such a delicious and healthy meal! They’re so beautiful — they bring the drama! and oh my gosh — in the corner — that made me laugh so hard! 🙂 thanks for sharing!

    May 21, 2012
    • You are darling, seriously! Thank YOU for your sweet comments–how I appreciate them. xo

      May 22, 2012
  19. Destini #

    Hehe these look amazing! And being late means I am already ready for more food!! Will be making these shortly 🙂

    Great to have “met” you from our little potluck 🙂

    May 21, 2012
    • Thanks for feeding me good food, Destini! Next time I will so beat you at the virtual 3-legged race 🙂

      May 21, 2012
  20. Awe, no worries Cara! 🙂 I am always fashionably late…bordering on frustratingly late. *hehe* Just glad you made it!!! xoxo
    The peppers look amazing! YUM! Love, love, love the flavours! Cumin + cilantro get me every time! *hehe* Thank you SO much for participating. Sorry about the stress! *hehe*

    May 21, 2012
    • No apologies for the stress–it’s my fault! I am learning the value of meditating these days. This girl needs to learn how to calm down 🙂
      Thank you again for inviting me to participate!! xo

      May 21, 2012
      • No problem! *Hugs* I am just so glad you decided to join! 🙂 I cannot wait to try your recipe! I’ve been looking for a good stuffed pepper recipe.

        I feel really awkward asking this…but would you mind linking to my post too? I don’t mean to be a pain! *HUGS* Thanks sweetie. xoxo

        I need to learn to calm down too. I’m a worrier, so my nerves are almost always shot! *hah*

        May 21, 2012
        • Hilarious! I was using YOUR post to copy and paste off of but totally forgot to include yours. DUH on me! Sorry–and thank you for telling me!!

          May 21, 2012
          • Thank you! I was so embarrassed to ask! LOL. I did not want to offend you or sound silly saying “you forgot me!” *hehe* You are the best! xoxo

            May 21, 2012
            • NO NO NO!!! I am the silly one–I feel badly. I am *so* happy you said something! xoxo.

              May 21, 2012
  21. Okay, first of all, I’m totally having camera envy. Your pictures have gotten even more beautiful and mouthwatering since you’ve welcomed that new toy into your life! Second, I love the cute little green casserole dish. Adorable. Finally, those stuffed bell peppers sound wonderfully savory while still being light. I know how you feel about being late, but you’re worth the wait! 🙂

    May 21, 2012
    • Don’t say stuff like that, Cadry. That just reinforces my tardiness. ha!
      This camera is the greatest gift into my life as of late. I am so happy! But you have a fab camera and you take some seriously great pics so I wouldn’t be too envious… 🙂
      The casserole dish is fun, isn’t it? My friend gave it to me for my birthday and it couldn’t be any more perfect.

      May 21, 2012
  22. Dont worry bout being late.. there is a thing called second and third and fourth helpings. esp with veggies.. i can make space in my tummy anytime!:) it helps if you are an hour or so late too..
    love these stuffed peppers! and love those baking dishes!

    May 21, 2012
    • Ack! I prefer 10 minutes late, usually 🙂 So happy that my friends are so forgiving…

      May 21, 2012
  23. The thought of you driving to our virtual potluck and then eating your peppers in the corner because all the food was already gone seriously cracked me up! I love your dish though – stuffed peppers are a great idea to feed a group of vegetarians and vegans! I don’t think we would let you have them all to yourself anyway 😉

    May 21, 2012
    • AND I didn’t include an avocado in my recipe! ha. I was tempted to be like the rest but seeing that I am eating my food, no, I am shoveling my food into my mouth in the corner, I am already outcasted anyway 🙂

      May 21, 2012
      • hahaha….that’s it, you are definitely not invited to the next potluck! (just kidding, I would love to eat your unique creations!)

        May 21, 2012
        • Don’t scare me like that! Along with my dislike for being late, I dislike not being liked 🙂 haha

          May 21, 2012
  24. Cara, Your stuffed peppers look so mouthwatering delicious! I love quinoa and what a great stuffing for those beautiful sweet peppers. Love the potluck of recipes. What a fun post!

    May 21, 2012
    • This is one of my favorite things to make for dinner. They are so simple and so good! Thanks, Karista!

      May 21, 2012

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