I originally got this recipie out of a shape magazine but I found the serving sizes far too large so I cut the peppers in half lengthwise and stuffed the halves instead of stuffing the whole pepper. I often sprinkle another cup of feta over the peppers just before they go in to bake.
- vegetable oil cooking spray
- 1 1⁄4 cups vegetable broth
- 2⁄3 cup couscous
- 6 large bell peppers, mixed colors
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1⁄2 cup chopped onion
- 6 ounces zucchini, quartered lengthwise then sliced across thinly
- 6 ounces yellow squash, quartered lengthwise then sliced across thinly
- 1 teaspoon fennel seed
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup plum tomato, diced
- 15 ounces chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 4 ounces crumbled feta cheese (about 1 cup)
- Pre-heat oven to 350°F Coat a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cut the stems out of the bell peppers and cut them in half lengthwise. Scoop out all the seeds and membranes. Boil the prepared peppers for 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon remove them from water and let them drain cut side down.
- Bring the broth to boil in a saucepan and add the couscous. Cover the pan and remove it from the heat.
- Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet. Cook the onion, zucchini, yellow squash, fennel seeds, oregano, and salt for about 5 minutes or until the vegetables start to soften.
- Remove skillet from heat and add the tomatoes and chickpeas. Fluff the couscous with a fork and add it to the skillet, mixing it with the vegetables. Stir in the crumbled feta.
- Arrange the peppers in the baking dish cut sides up (like little boats)and fill them with the couscous/vegetable mixture. (The filling will be heaping unless your peppers are very large.).
- Bake 15 minutes. Serve immediately.
Excellent recipe! I halved it because I was stuffing baby bell and sweet Italian peppers. Also, I used what was in the kitchen, which meant goat cheese in place of feta, eggplant in place of squash/zucchini, and no fennel--but it was still delicious! I've been working on perfecting stuffed peppers and they always get dried out, but the tomatoes kept the whole dish nice and moist. Thank you so much--this is a keeper!
Wow, was this ever yummy!!!! The peppers turned all soft and roasty in the oven and the filling was sooooo delicious! The feta, zucchini, chickpeas and tomatoes went so well together and the oregano was a lovely addition to their flavours. I liked the mediterranian touch of this dish a lot. Instead of couscous I used millet as I cant have wheat and it turned out lovely. What a great recipe you have here, Umberle! Thanks so much for sharing it with us! Made and reviewed for one of my babies during PAC March 2010.
I made this recipe without the feta and topped with mozarella and the spicy cajun sauce from another stuffed pepper recipe. Oh yeah and used canned diced tomtatoes. I was very good and even satisfied the meat eaters. Also, the extra filling was great in a wrap.