Millet-Stuffed Red Peppers
Tired of tuna-filled tomatoes and stuffed green peppers? Try the vibrant alternative sent in by Kitty Jones of Chicago, Illinois. The out-of-the-ordinary filling is made with millet.
Total TimePrep: 40 min. Bake: 55 min.
- 1/2 cup uncooked millet, rinsed and drained
- 1-1/2 cups vegetable broth
- 4 medium sweet red peppers
- 3/4 cup frozen corn, thawed
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 1/3 cup finely chopped celery
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 green onion, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint or 1 teaspoon dried mint flakes
- 2 teaspoons shredded lemon peel
- 1-1/2 teaspoons fresh chooped oregano or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- In a saucepan, bring millet and broth to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until millet is tender and broth is absorbed, about 30-35 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and cool.
- Meanwhile, cut tops off peppers and remove seeds. In a large kettle, cook peppers in boiling water for 3-5 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water; set aside.
- With a fork, fluff cooled millet. Add the corn, onion, celery, nuts, green onion and seasonings; blend well. Spoon into sweet peppers. Drizzle with oil. Place in a 11x7-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Cover and bake at 350° for 55-60 minutes or until tender.
Editor's Note: Look for millet in the grains or natural food aisle of your grocery store. 1-1/2 cups cooked couscous may be substituted for the millet and vegetable broth.
Nutrition Facts1 each: 281 calories, 13g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 684mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 6g fiber), 8g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 fat, 1 vegetable.
Originally published as Millet-Stuffed Red Peppers in Light & Tasty June/July 2004