Stuffed Soyrizo Pepper

I’ve been wanting to make a stuffed pepper for a while now, but I wanted to do something a little unique. Usually stuffed peppers are bell peppers, with rice, beans, and chicken. I think we all know by now I’m not your average gal, I like different meals! Anyone can cook a chicken dish, make an awesome salad, or a healthy dessert. My recipes are made to give you guys different ideas and tweak them to your liking!

This recipe uses the poblano chile pepper. Poblano chile peppers have a mild heat and are perfect for a little bit of spice, but not too much.

I also used a vegetarian product called ‘Soyrizo’. This is a replacement for chorizo, a spicy sausage. I bought a couple packs when I was a vegetarian and had one left over in my freezer. It tastes just like chorizo, but healthier! Just because I’m not a vegetarian anymore doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy these products. I still eat tofu quite often, just because I like it and it’s good for you ๐Ÿ™‚

This recipe uses a few particular items, and you can absolutely swap out these things for something you have in your cabinet instead.

For this recipe you will need:ย 

  • 1/4 cup of wheat berries (grain)
  • 1 1/4 cup of water
  • 1 Soyrizo link
  • 2/3 cup of chopped zucchini
  • 1/3 cup of red onion
  • Handful of raw spinach leaves
  • 1 large poblano chile pepper

Start by preheating your oven to broil or 500 degrees Fahrenheit

Place the pepper in the oven to get a nice char on it. Leave it in for about 5-8 minutes (keep an eye on it). After it has cooked, reduce the oven heat to 375.

Poblano Pepper

Poblano Pepper

You can substitute with bell peppers

Next, cook your wheat berries. I made 3/4 a cup to eat off of for a few days, but the serving is 1/4 cup for the recipe. You need to add about 1 1/4 cup of water to the grain, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes until the water has absorbed. The grain should have a slight bite to it.

If you don’t have wheat berries you can substitute bulgur, brown rice, quinoa, barley, freekeh, whichever healthy grain you like!

This is the brand I bought from Wegmans, sorry forgot to take a pic fully cooked!

This is the brand I bought from Wegmans, sorry forgot to take a pic fully cooked!

Next spray a pan with olive oil spray and add the soyrizo on medium heat. You can find soyrizo in the produce aisle of your grocery store next to the tofu and ‘veggie’ cheeses.

Soyrizo

Soyrizo

No spices needed! Not even salt and pepper. This is loaded with flavor

No spices needed! Not even salt and pepper. This is loaded with flavor

You can substitute with chicken, spicy chicken sausage, or turkey meat!

Next add the zucchini and red onion to the pan

Chopped zucchini

Chopped zucchini

The soyrizo breaks up like ground meat, so that's why I said ground turkey would be a good substitute if you cannot find this.

The soyrizo breaks up like ground meat, so that’s why I said ground turkey would be a good substitute if you cannot find this.

Continue to cook for 10 minutes. (this is 2 servings in the pan!- use half for your pepper)

Slice open the poblano, clean out the seeds and stem

Some seeds stayed in, that's okay, extra spice

Some seeds stayed in, that’s okay, extra spice

Layer the spinach leaves in the bottom

This will push down once the other ingredients are added

This will push down once the other ingredients are added

Add the wheat berries

Yummy wheat berries. This was a good find

Yummy wheat berries. This was a good find

Now the Soyrizo mix

Sorry for steam. But yum

Sorry for steam. But yum

Cook in the oven for an additional 10 minutes. Everything is already cooked, but this makes everything warm up together, and cooks the spinach a bit.

The finished product:

Stuffed Soyrizo Pepper. Healthy, spicy, filling!

Stuffed Soyrizo Pepper. Healthy, spicy, filling!

Doesn’t that look good!? I just love all the colors. You eat with your eyes too ๐Ÿ™‚

Nutritional info: 344 calories, 7.9 grams of fat, 41 grams of carbs, 20.4 grams ofย protein.

The filling up close

The filling up close

This was so easy, without a lot of ingredients. I just loved it.

Happy eating…

XOXO With a Cherry On Top,

-Minnie

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