VEGETARIAN AIR FRYER STUFFED PEPPERS

By vinod Apr30,2024

vegetarian air fryer stuffed peppers:

Ingredients:

  • 4 large bell peppers, any colour
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup corn kernels (fresh, canned, or frozen)
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (use vegan cheese if desired)
  • Chopped fresh cilantro or parsley for garnish.

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Cut the tops off the bell peppers and remove the seeds and membranes.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, onion, garlic, chilli powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
  4. Stuff each bell pepper with the quinoa mixture, pressing it down gently to pack it in.
  5. Place the stuffed peppers in the air fryer basket. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook them in batches.
  6. Air fry the stuffed peppers for 15-20 minutes, or until the peppers are tender and slightly charred on the outside.
  7. Carefully remove the stuffed peppers from the air fryer and sprinkle shredded cheese on top of each pepper.
  8. Return the stuffed peppers to the air fryer and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  9. Garnish with chopped cilantro or parsley if desired before serving.

Serve the stuffed peppers hot as a delicious and nutritious meal!

Air fryer stuffed peppers offer several reasons why they’re so good:

  1. Flavourful Filling: The combination of quinoa, black beans, corn, tomatoes, onions, and spices creates a flavourful and satisfying filling that’s both hearty and nutritious.
  2. Crispy Exterior: Cooking the peppers in the air fryer gives them a crispy exterior while keeping the inside tender. This contrast in textures adds to the overall enjoyment of the dish.
  3. Melted Cheese: Topping the stuffed peppers with shredded cheese and melting it in the air fryer adds a creamy, gooey element that enhances the flavour and richness of the dish.
  4. Versatility: You can customise the filling to suit your taste preferences or dietary restrictions. Whether you prefer a spicy filling with jalapenos and hot sauce or a milder version with additional vegetables, the possibilities are endless.
  5. Health Benefits: Stuffed peppers are packed with nutrients from the vegetables, quinoa, and beans. They’re a great way to incorporate more plant-based ingredients into your diet while still enjoying a delicious and satisfying meal.
  6. Ease of Preparation: Air fryer stuffed peppers are relatively easy to make and require minimal hands-on time. Once you’ve prepared the filling and stuffed the peppers, the air fryer does the rest of the work, cooking them to perfection in just a fraction of the time it would take in a conventional oven.

tips and variations to enhance your air fryer stuffed peppers:

Tips:

  1. Choose the Right Peppers: Look for large bell peppers that are firm and have flat bottoms, so they can stand upright in the air fryer basket.
  2. Precook the Peppers: To ensure the peppers cook evenly and become tender, you can pre cook them in boiling water for a few minutes before stuffing them.
  3. Seasoning: Don’t be afraid to experiment with different seasonings and spices to customise the flavour of your stuffed peppers. Options like smoked paprika, oregano, basil, or red pepper flakes can add extra depth to the filling.
  4. Cheese Selection: While shredded cheese is a classic topping for stuffed peppers, you can also try using crumbled feta, goat cheese, or a dairy-free cheese alternative for a different flavour profile.
  5. Denseness: Keep an eye on the stuffed peppers as they cook in the air fryer to prevent them from becoming overly charred. Adjust the cooking time as needed based on your preference for the texture of the peppers.
  6. Serve with Sauce: Consider serving the stuffed peppers with a side of salsa, guacamole, or yogurt-based sauce for dipping or drizzling over the top.

Variations:

  1. Protein Options: Experiment with different protein sources for the filling, such as lentils, chickpeas, tofu, or ground meat substitutes like Beyond Meat or Impossible Foods.
  2. Grain Alternatives: Quinoa is commonly used in stuffed peppers, but you can also try using cooked rice, couscous, Bulgar, or faro for a different texture and flavour.
  3. Add Veggies: Feel free to add extra vegetables to the filling for added flavour and nutrition. Diced zucchini, mushrooms, spinach, or kale would all work well in the stuffing mixture.
  4. Spice Level: Adjust the level of spiciness by adding more or less chilli powder, jalapenos, or hot sauce to the filling mixture.
  5. Italian-Inspired: For an Italian twist, use a filling of cooked Italian sausage, diced tomatoes, spinach, mozzarella cheese, and Italian seasoning.
  6. Mediterranean Flavours: Create a Mediterranean-inspired filling with cooked chickpeas, diced tomatoes, olives, artichoke hearts, feta cheese, and a sprinkle of dried oregano.

Enjoy experimenting in the kitchen!

More Air Fryer Recipes:

  1. Crispy Air Fryer Tofu Nuggets:
    • Press tofu to remove excess moisture, then cut into nugget-sized pieces.
    • Coat tofu pieces in a mixture of breadcrumbs, nutritional yeast, and spices like garlic powder, paprika, and onion powder.
    • Place tofu nuggets in the air fryer basket and cook at 375°F (190°C) for 15-20 minutes, flipping halfway through, until golden brown and crispy.
  2. Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries:
    • Cut sweet potatoes into thin fries or wedges and toss with olive oil, salt, pepper, and any desired seasonings (such as smoked paprika or cayenne pepper).
    • Arrange sweet potato fries in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
    • Cook at 400°F (200°C) for 15-20 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through, until fries are crispy and golden brown.
  3. Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Wings:
    • Cut cauliflower into florets and toss with buffalo sauce (a mixture of hot sauce and melted butter or oil).
    • Coat cauliflower in a mixture of breadcrumbs or almond flour and spices like garlic powder and onion powder.
    • Arrange cauliflower in the air fryer basket and cook at 375°F (190°C) for 15-20 minutes, flipping halfway through, until crispy and browned.

Stuffed Pepper Variations:

  1. Mushroom and Spinach Stuffed Peppers:
    • Saute diced mushrooms, onions, and garlic until softened.
    • Mix sauteed vegetables with cooked quinoa, chopped spinach, and shredded cheese.
    • Stuff peppers with the mixture and bake or air fry until peppers are tender and filling is heated through.
  2. Tex-Mex Stuffed Peppers:
    • Use a filling of cooked ground beef or turkey seasoned with taco seasoning.
    • Mix cooked meat with black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, and shredded cheese.
    • Top stuffed peppers with crushed tortilla chips before baking or air frying for added crunch.
  3. Mediterranean Quinoa Stuffed Peppers:
    • Mix cooked quinoa with diced cucumber, cherry tomatoes, Kalamata olives, crumbled feta cheese, and chopped fresh parsley.
    • Season with lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
    • Stuff peppers with the quinoa mixture and bake or air fry until peppers are tender.

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