A simple dish that lends itself quite well to weeknights – most of the time it takes to cook this dish is in the oven, so there’s minimal time spent hovering around the stove waiting for it to cook!
You can also make the filling a few days in advance, then just hollow out the peppers, fill them, and pop them in the oven.
Prep time: ~60 minutes
- 1 large onion, diced.
- 2 large cloves garlic, crushed/minced.
- 1-2 tbsp olive oil
- 2/3 cup rice, rinsed well to remove excess starch.
- 2/3 cup lentils, rinsed well.
- 1 can whole tomatoes, sliced, with the juice reserved.
- 1 handful fresh oregano (or 2 tsp dried).
- salt and pepper, to taste.
- 4 large bell peppers.
Preheat your oven to 350F (180C)
Cook your rice and lentils. I like to cook them together in the same pot, but you can cook them separately if you like.
Heat a large frying pan on medium-low heat with the olive oil in it. Once the oil is hot, add the onion along with a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring often, until it begins to soften. Add the garlic, and reduce the heat slightly. Continue cooking, stirring every so often, until they begin to caramelize.
While the onions and garlic cook, cut the tops off of your peppers and hollow them out, being careful not to poke holes in them. I like to chop up the excess pepper bits and add them to the filling. Wrap the bottoms of the peppers with tinfoil, and place them in a large roasting dish. Make sure they’re stable and won’t fall over!
Add the leftover pepper bits to the onion and garlic, if you like, and continue cooking. Once the onions are lovely and caramelized, go ahead and dump in the tomatoes and oregano. Stir well to combine, then bring to a gentle boil. Turn the heat down and allow to simmer. Season with salt and pepper.
When the rice and lentils are done, add everything to a large bowl and mix well. Spoon the filling into the peppers, making sure to fill them right to the brim. Drizzle the peppers with a bit of olive oil, then pop them in the oven for approx. 40 minutes, until the peppers are soft.
Serve right away, and enjoy!