Stuffed Pepper Stew

It was Sunday night. I just departed on my flight from Philadelphia airport and it was about 40 minutes until I landed in Providence. While flying, obviously the only thing on my mind was food. Immediately, I began to panic. Before I left my tiny apartment, I decided to empty my fridge completely. Sundays are meal prep days in my household and I had absolutely nothing in. Luckily, Trader Joes is in the same town as the airport so I headed straight there.

After the stomach attack of Thanksgiving, I knew I couldn’t eat anything buttery, heavy, or fall flavored. I needed something healthy and veggie-full (I think I just created a word). Have you ever made a stuffed bell pepper in the oven that turned into an acrobatic balancing act? I have. Plus, you end up either cutting up or throwing out the bell pepper anyway. This is such an easier way to get that flavorful meal without all the trouble.


  • 1/2 cup long grain white rice (uncooked)
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 of a zucchini (chopped small)
  • 1/2 of a yellow onion (chopped small)
  • 3 mini bell peppers (orange, green, red)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tbsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tbsp. basil
  • 1 tsp. ground pepper
  • salt to taste

Directions: (Easiest recipe ever)

  1. Bring water to a boil and add rice.
  2. Pour in crushed tomatoes and bring to a simmer.
  3. Finely chop zucchini, onion, bell peppers, and garlic and stir them into the stew.
  4. Put on the lid and allow to cook for 20-30 minutes until the rice is soft.
  5. Add oregano, basil, pepper, and salt and mix everything together.
  6. Ready to eat! This recipe makes about three servings (three lunches for me!)

Additional Options:

Since I wanted something simple and light, I stuck to just using veggies with a rice base. However, normal stuffed peppers are delicious with ground beef. Also, you can use seitan or tofu to add a vegetarian protein if beef just doesn’t cut it for you.

I was very pleased at how easy and inexpensive this recipe is. Sometimes at lunch I really just want soup or vegetables and this is the perfect medium while still being enough to fill me up. While I do try and eat healthier options, I can’t deny my hungry girl tendencies. After all, I don’t think my coworkers want to see me hangry.