Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Jack O Lantern Stuffed Peppers

 Good morning friends and happy almost Halloween! I usually do recipe posts on Thursday but thought it might be better to share them a little early in case anyone else wants to try these before Halloween. They were surprisingly easy to carve! All you will need is one of those little pumpkin carving kits you get for like $2 at Walmart/Target/any drugstore. We just so happened to have one on hand and I knew that we needed to use up the orange bell peppers, thus an idea was born!

Here's What You'll Need:

- a pumpkin carving kit

- 2 orange bell peppers

- 1/4 cup quinoa

- 8 oz ground beef

- 1/2 onion, chopped

- 1 zucchini, chopped

- 2 tablespoons garlic, roughly 6-8 cloves minced

- 1 4 oz can of tomato sauce

- 1/2 cup grated parmesan

- cumin 

- dried oregano

- salt and pepper 

- 1 green onion, sliced into 1 inch long pieces (for the stem!)

1. Preheat your oven to 350. Cook quinoa according to directions on your package. Using your pumpkin carving kit, carve little faces into your bell peppers. After your faces are carved, cut off top of peppers and remove seeds. If your peppers are unstable, cut the bottom to be flat. You don't want your peppers rolling over on you!

2. Heat a little olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add chopped onion, minced garlic and chopped zucchini. Sauté for 3-4 minutes. Add ground beef and a few dashes of cumin (sorry this isn't more exact, I can't remember how much I threw in there!). Season with salt and pepper. Cook until beef is browned, stirring every once in awhile. Add the can of tomato sauce, half the parmesan cheese, and a few dashes of dried oregano (again, sorry not more exact!). Stir your cooked quinoa into the skillet. Season with a little more salt and pepper. 

3. Grease a small baking dish and place peppers inside. Using a small spoon, fill each pepper with as much of the beef/quinoa mixture as possible. There will be some leftover, and that's okay! You can serve it on the side or save it for leftovers. Pop peppers into the oven and bake for 15 minutes, or until the top of the beef mixture has turned brown. 

4. Set aside to cool. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top and stick your green onions in as the stem. Enjoy!!


  1. Eeek! So cute. We actually have stuffed peppers on the menu for this week so I will definitely carve a face into them. Thanks!