Grape Nuts Stuffed Peppers

Try the protein-packed breakfast staple in a fun savory twist in this tantalizing recipe by Kristina Vanni. For more great recipes check out or

8 large green bell peppers, or a variety of colors (peppers should be short and wide, rather than long)



2 cups cooked brown rice
1 cup Grape-Nuts cereal
15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
14.5 ounce can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
1 cup sweet corn kernels (fresh off the cob, frozen, or canned)
8 ounce can tomato sauce
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 clove garlic, minced
1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
1 chipotle pepper packed in adobo sauce, minced
1 Tablespoon adobo sauce from the chipotle can
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper


2 Tablespoons Grape-Nuts cereal
2 Tablespoon pepitas (raw pumpkin seeds)
2/3 cup grated cheddar cheese


Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Cut off the stem and part of the top of the bell peppers to form a cup.  Scrape out the seeds and ribs.  Using a 12-cup muffin tin, place 1 Tablespoon of water in 8 of the cups.  Place a bell pepper cup on top of each cup filled with water; set aside.

For Filling:  In a large mixing bowl, stir together all filling ingredients and mix well.  Spoon and pack in filling mixture into each bell pepper cup; set aside.

For Topping:  Place Grape-Nuts and pumpkin seeds in a plastic closeable bag; seal bag shut.  Using a rolling pin, coarsely crush the cereal and seeds.  Sprinkle each pepper evenly with the mixture.  Bake peppers for 40 minutes, then remove from oven and top each with some grated cheddar cheese.  Return to oven for 4-5 minutes or until cheese melts.  Carefully remove peppers from muffin cups and serve. Serves 8.

Note:  If there is any leftover filling, it’s great as a stuffing for enchiladas, burritos, or quesadillas.