14 Oh-so-tasty stuffed vegetable recipes for chilly winter days
We know how tempting it can be to turn to junk food and comfort eating when the weather is colder outside. But nourishing your body from the inside out by eating plenty of vegetables (and fruit) is the best thing you can do for your health this winter! The key is to cook simple-yet-hearty plant-based recipes that are comforting, cosy and delicious - yet super-good for you too. Like these 14 stuffed vegetable recipes that we hope you're going to love. Which one will be your favourite?
Aubergines (or eggplants, if you're in the US), are packed with soluble fibre, whilst being low in fat and calories. This Lebanese-style recipe uses minced beef and a hearty tomato sauce to create a delicious dinner that will leave you feeling full up.
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Using quinoa to stuff vitamin C-packed peppers is a great move; it's high in protein which makes this a great dinner for after your workout. With corn, beans, tomatoes and a little cheese, this is a well-balanced dish on its own, or you could serve as a side dish with some chicken, if you like.
This recipe is pretty simple and it's a classic for a reason. However we recommend making your own tomato sauce, if you have the time, as store-bought varieties can often be packed with hidden sugar that is bad news for your teeth, and your health!
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Oh, all the marvellous ways we can use kale to create delicious dishes! Stuffing B-vitamin-loaded cremini or portobello mushrooms with kale and topping with a delicious lemony, nutty gremolata then baking makes this dish simply delicious! This would taste as good served as a side dish with a grass-fed steak as it does as a main, perhaps with some brown rice.
We think this is quite possibly the best. thing. you. will. ever. eat. Seriously; it's that good. Smoky chargrilled aubergine topped with garlicly falafel mix and a creamy tahini sauce is going to leave you totally satisfied. Get cooking!
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We love courgettes, and they're pretty affordable to pick up on your weekly supermarket or market shopping trip. Hollowed out and served with pesto, feta and white beans (packed with fibre), this is a hearty, healthy dinner that's good enough to serve to friends!
We know how good avocados are for us with all those monounsatured fats - and we're addicted to guac - but what else can you do with these creamy bundles of green goodness? How about this stuffed avocado recipe which has all the flavours of Mexico and is totally vegan. Using soya mince or vegan chorizo for this recipe adds loads of protein - but if you don't want to use soya, you could use beans and salsa instead.
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Ok, so artichokes can be a bit of work to prepare - best to leave this for those nights you're not hitting the gym then - but they're well worth it in the end! Stuffing them with a crispy lemon, leek and cheese gremolata is just the thing when you're in need of some comfort food - and this recipe is packed with good fats from the olive oil too.
Vitamin C and iron-packed kale, vitamin A-loaded sweet potatoes and fibre-rich white beans make this a dinner that won't leave you feeling like a late-night snack! We love roasting sweet potatoes and stuffing them for a healthy dinner, and if you don't have any kale to hand, you could swap this out for spinach.
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This recipe had us drooling at Expertrain HQ - we do love a good chickpea recipe, and the fact that this takes just 30 minutes to make gets bonus points in our book! The chickpeas are roasted with a blend of spices, served on top of roast sweet potatoes and topped with a creamy garlic and herb sauce (made with tahini or hummus). What's not to love?
Stuffing courgettes with a tuna and cheese mix and topping them with breadcrumbs sounds like genius to us. Not only are you getting one of your five-a-day - add some sweetcorn to bump up the veggie content, if you like - you're also getting plenty of omega-3s from the tuna (tinned is fine). Quick to make and really tasty, this is a recipe you can get the kids involved in making too!
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This is the perfect time of year to enjoy baked butternut squash, and instead of chopping it and adding it to salads and risottos, why not stuff it with a healthy mix of quinoa, peppers, pine nuts and olives? Using ready-to-eat quinoa cuts the prep time, but you could always cook yours from scratch if you're not too busy.
This is sort of like a creamy, cheesy mushroom risotto served in a baked, sweet acorn squash - and the combo is delicious. We would serve these as a side dish with some grilled, marinated chicken, or just enjoy a couple for dinner. If you can't find acorn squash (usually available in larger supermarkets, such as Waitrose), you could always use butternut squash.
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We think every list of stuffed vegetables should have at least a few stuffed mushroom recipes, and we love this vegan recipe from Minimalist Baker. Gluten-free and with just 7 ingredients, you can whip these up in no time at all! Black rice is packed with fibre and iron - and it contains more antioxidants than blueberries! Walnuts are loaded with omega-3s and healthy fats, whilst vegan parmesan is the perfect finishing touch. Yum!