Greek Stuffed Peppers & Tomatoes

This a classic summer dish. These vegetables taste the best in the summer when they’re fresh. Everyone’s Greek mother and grandmother makes this for them as a comfort food growing up. This is one of those dishes that will make your kids love vegetables. Lots of people put meat in their stuffed pepper recipe but this is the classic Greek version with lots of extra virgin olive oil and fresh herbs. This is my favorite Greek food for two reasons. One, I don’t feel guilty eating a large plate of this because it’s all veggies and herbs. Two, this dish tastes even better the next day! The olive oil, tomato, and herb flavor soak into the rice. The best foods can be eaten for leftovers, like pizza or Chinese food for example. The difference is that these stuffed vegetables are really healthy for you. Stuffed tomatoes and peppers take a lot of work but it’s totally worth it. If you spend the time prepping this, you will have leftovers for two to three days after this. I love to eat this with a greek salad, Greek lemon potatoes, and a glass of red wine. Enjoy one of the best summer dishes Greece has to offer!

Photo Credit: Christine Dutton 

 

Mediterranean Diet Recipes: Greek Stuffed Peppers

Greek Stuffed Peppers & Tomatoes

Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Servings 5
Calories 601 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 5 tomatoes
  • 5 green or red peppers
  • 1 cup parsley, stems removed
  • 1 cup dill, stems removed
  • 2 large onions, cut into quarters
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 cup uncooked rice
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil For the sauce
  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Dash of pepper