Growing your own peppers is super rewarding for obvious reasons … yielding completely fresh and organic produce. Everyone loves it! So as a grower, when you see the fruits of your labor hanging from your plants you want to eat them immediately. This is the perfect opportunity to make stuffed peppers. But if you’re like me (dealing with a small gardening space in small-ish containers) you will be working with smaller peppers. So I’m technically making “poppers” here. Smaller peppers is a good thing because they cook quite fast; and to expedite this process even more, use an air fryer. I use this exact Ninja brand and model.
For this “easy idea” recipe, I wanted a light filling with only a few ingredients in order to really highlight the fresh, homegrown pepper flavor. Plus, this is a great way to use whatever leftovers you might have laying around in the fridge. In this case it was some pre-cooked quinoa from some of my many vegan taco nights the day before, broccoli, and white cheddar cheese. If you don’t have an air fryer, a toaster oven is the next best option.
A common problem with stuffed peppers is that the filling doesn’t always become one with the pepper, from a flavor standpoint. To combat this, simply add some finely diced pepper to the filling. When slicing your peppers into halves, you might encounter some that are too flat to hold a filling. These pieces are perfect to use in the filling, so chop them up along with the inner ribs and seeds because lots of flavor are in them.
What you need
- fresh peppers
- pre-cooked, chilled quinoa
- blanched broccoli
- white cheddar cheese
- salt and pepper
- olive oil
- air fryer
What to do
- Pre-cook some quinoa according to package (or other-recipe) instructions.
- Finely chop some broccoli and shred some white cheddar cheese.
- Combine quinoa, broccoli, cheese in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper.
- Slice your peppers in half lengthwise and remove the inner ribs and seeds. Chop up the ribs and seeds and add them to your filling mixture
- Brush your pepper halves with olive oil and sprinkle with a little salt. Place the filling in your prepared peppers, gently pressing them into their encasements.
- Cook stuffed peppers in an air fryer at 390 degrees for about 10 minutes, then enjoy!