Vegetarian Barley and Feta Stuffed Peppers

Vegetarian Barley and Feta Stuffed Peppers

Vegetarian stuffed peppers
There must be a million different recipes for stuffed peppers and everyone has their favorite ingredients. Barley is a whole grain and it tastes wonderful in any vegetarian meal. Peppers make perfect little containers to hold meat, veggies, cheeses, and grains. The red peppers are pretty on a plate and impart a delicious roasted pepper taste to the stuffing. You can sneak it any additional vegetables that you like to make these peppers your own.
This may be a nice vegetarian addition to the Thanksgiving meal. Make them a day in advance and then just reheat before dinner since the oven is prime real estate on Thanksgiving. Stuffed peppers are an easy weeknight meal, too. Serve with a salad and fresh fruit for a complete meal. Want more protein? Add cannelli beans or walnuts. Want meat? Replace some of the barley with ground turkey or beef. If you can’t find quick cooking barley then use regular barley but cook it before baking otherwise you will have crunchy little barley stones in your peppers. Vegans you know what to do: Substitute cheese with vegan cheese or skip it entirely.

Vegetarian Barley and Feta Stuffed Peppers

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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2 red bell peppers
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 carrot chopped finely
1 cup quick cook barley, I used Trader Joe’s brand.
1/2 cup fresh spinach chopped
1 cup low sodium canned diced tomatoes with juice
1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning or combine oregano, marjoram, basil, thyme
1/4 tsp each salt and pepper
1/2 cup reduced fat feta cheese

1. Pre-heat oven to 375 F
2. Slice peppers in half through the stem and remove seeds.
3. Sauté onions and carrots in olive oil until crisp tender about 10 minutes, add remaining ingredients except the feta and bring to a boil.
4. Fill peppers with barley and sauce. Top with feta.
5. Bake in greased and covered baking dish until soft and golden.


9 Comments Add yours

  1. Tracy says:

    Yum! Love a good stuffed pepper and the barley is a nice healthy touch. Also, never had feta in them either- they look delicious! Thanks for sharing them at FF this week! 😀


    1. I could eat feta on anything. Ha ha


  2. This sounds delicious Tracy! I love that you used barley. I tend to get stuck just putting it in veggie soups. So comforting on these cooler days.


    1. Barley is so filling too Julie.

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  3. Feta makes anything taste so good – love it on salads. Barley is good in a soup but never thought to add all of this to stuffed peppers 🙂

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  4. Jhuls says:

    Wow! I love feta, too. This looks so good. 😀

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  5. petra08 says:

    Barley is such a great ingredient and it looks like perfect stuffing for pepper!


  6. These sound and look absolutely delicious! Barely is such an interesting twist to such a classic recipe, and indeed, a vegetarian staple! Also loving your addition of feta, makes a change from mozzarella or cheddar! If you have a minute, I’d love your thoughts on my stuffed veggies 🙂


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