healthy stuffed peppers

Enjoy these healthy stuffed peppers during the week for a fast, balanced, and delicious meal. Firstly, I came up with this Healthy Stuffed Peppers recipe on a weeknight at 6 pm when my two hungry kids asked me, “Mom, what’s for dinner?”

Since it was late, they were hungry, and I had nothing defrosted or planned, naturally, in typical My-Mom style, I opened the fridge and started taking stuff out – peppers, leftover farro, cheese, cilantro… and the plan came together. As always, balanced meals are a must, so I added black beans and tuna, then spiced it with some Tex-Mex-style spices, and voila – healthy and easy stuffed peppers!

Additionally, here is a great list of side dishes that pair well with these stuffed peppers:

  • Mixed green side salad
  • Grilled shrimp
  • BBQ’d chicken & vegetable skewers
  • Kale and Chickpea Salad

Consequently, try these on a busy weeknight! Furthermore, you can freeze or store them as leftovers for three days in the fridge.  



  • 6 Red Bell Pepper

  • 1 cup Farro (cooked)

  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper (diced)

  • 1 1/2 cups Black Beans

  • 2 cans Tuna (small cans in olive oil, drained)

  • 2 tbsps Cilantro (chopped)

  • 1.5 cup Cheddar Cheese (Old cheddar, grated)

  • 1 tbsp Smoked Paprika

  • 1 1/2 tsps Garlic Powder

  • 1 tbsp Sea Salt

  • 1 tsp Black Pepper

  • 1 tsp Celery Salt

  • 1 tsp Cumin


  1. Wash and dry all produce.
  2. Dice 1 pepper.
  3. Grate the cheese.
  4. Open the tuna and black beans.
  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Cut 6 peppers in half, lengthwise, remove seeds and core. Place the open side up in a casserole dish and set aside.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients, holding back 1/2 cup grated cheese, to a medium bowl and stir to combine.
  4. Scoop mixture into peppers and distribute evenly.
  5. Place peppers inside the heated oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven, top with more grated cheese, and place back in the oven for 5 minutes, until cheese is melted.
  7. Remove from oven and let cook for 5 minutes.
  8. Plate onto a beautiful plate and enjoy with a side salad. 
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