Creamy Stuffed Peppers with Farro, Mushrooms + Asparagus

  Feb 17, 2016  |  #Eats

Hi guys!

I have a fun, nutritious recipe today, featuring stuffed peppers! But first, let’s take part in the fun that is WIAW! These are some eats from Monday, President’s Day!

I have been killing this concoction of strawberry-coconut overnight oats lately. It is sooo creamy. Basically, it’s heaven. I’ll be sharing the recipe soon. I seem to change one minor thing each morning and I can’t decide which I like best, just yet.

strawberry coconut oats

After breakfast, I caught up on some news, did a little work and research and headed to the grocery store. Since grocery shopping usually makes me hungry (staring at food), I came home and made myself a snack ASAP as possible (Michael Scott quote..anyone?). Half of an apple, some rather large baby carrots, and some black bean/quinoa chips (From TJ’s) to dip into this kale/spinach yogurt dip (also from TJ’s). And an unpictured rice cake with PB. Always gotta have PB.

snacks

Lunch was gnocci with zucc’s, spinach, tomatoes and pancetta. I haven’t had gnocci in forever and this basically rekindled allll of my love for it. So so good. Naturally, I added lots of cheese to  make it extra creamy. I hope to share the recipe for this soon because it came out amazing.

gnocci

I got a little run in after lunch because it was 55 and sunny here in Charlotte, after a week of cold cold weather. It was so nice to see the sun again and run in shorts and a tee. I did 7 miles, and then worked on some core work as well.

Luckily, I had some leftovers prepped for dinner, which were these farro stuffed peppers, full of so many nutritious rockstars, like mushrooms (hellllo Vitamin D), and asparagus. And cheese, of course. Recipe is below.

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Andddd, nightcap. A little too much of this…

dark chocolate

So, now that I have you curious about these stuffed peppers…

I found a sad half-used bag of farro sitting in my cupboards screaming to be used, which served as the perfect form of recipe inspiration.  FYI, farro is a grain high in protein and fiber. It has a very similar nutritional value to quinoa. I became obsessed with farro when I was living in Portland, and was ordering grain and macro bowls everywhere. It’s a nice change from brown rice (it’s nuttier and chewier).

Its complex carbohydrates can be beneficial for bowel regulation, clearing plaque buildup in the arteries, supporting a healthy gut, and keeping us fuller and sustained for longer. It’s also high in iron, magnesium, and essential B vitamins. Plus, you’re getting a heaping serving of Vitamin C with the pepper, and some bonus nutrients from the arugula I snuck in. Win all around.

STUFFED PEPPERS

The top layer of cheese and just a few more minutes of baking brought these guys to a whole new level. The farro is already creamy and nutty to begin with, but the cheese makes it extra creamy. You could get creative and use any type. I think feta might be amazing (noted for next time).

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Creamy Stuffed Peppers with Farro, Mushrooms + Asparagus

Creamy Stuffed Peppers with Farro, Mushrooms + Asparagus

Yield: 4 peppers
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup uncooked farro, rinsed
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 cup asparagus, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • 1 cup arugula, shredded
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp basil
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Bring farro to boil and let simmer for 10-12 minutes. While this is working, saute onions, mushrooms, asparagus and garlic clove in olive oil until softened.
  3. When farro is done cooking, add farro and spices to pan with vegetables to blend the flavors together.
  4. Chop the top third off your peppers and fill with pan veggie mixture. Bake peppers for 25 minutes. Sprinkle shredded cheese over peppers and bake for an additional 5-7 more minutes, or until cheese melts and is lightly browned.

What do you usually put in your stuffed peppers?

Favorite type of cheese?

21 responses to “Creamy Stuffed Peppers with Farro, Mushrooms + Asparagus

  1. Stuffed peppers are a favorite in my house! We usually do a Mexican version with black beans, ground turkey, salsa, cheese, and sour cream. I’m happy to add another variety to my list!
    Favorite cheese? That may be the harder question ever. I think I’d go with gouda though… closely followed by feta and brie.
    I’m so happy about this upcoming weather!! I’m going to be outside all weekend.

  2. Mushrooms and vitamin D!? Amazing..

    I’ve never had gnocchi or farro. But both your meals make me want to push them to the top of my list. I love nutty and chewy so I presume I’d love farro. In fact that’s what I don’t love about quinoa – not chewy enough. Nicely done!!

    Oh and there would definitely be a drippy egg on there.

  3. Words cant describe how excited I am for that oatmeal recipe!!! Those stuffed peppers look absolutely delicious, I love the idea of putting a runny egg on top. My Favorite kind of cheese is mozzarella, which is kind of boring of me haha, but it’s the truth!

  4. I too have a bag of farro sitting in my pantry – making stuffed peppers is a great idea- I just have to leave out the mushrooms since my hubby HATES them- I love them though so maybe I will just make him pick them out!!

  5. i have a love hate thing for gnocci, share your recipe please because it looks SO GOOD! it looks and sounds so good and i love different textures! i’ve had good and bad experiences though haha

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