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Grain and Veggie Stuffed Peppers

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Recipe, video and photography provided by Heinen’s partner, Chef Billy Parisi.

Stuffed peppers are commonly known as a cold weather, belling-warming meal, but with a virtually never-ending selection of fresh summer produce at Heinen’s, I couldn’t help myself from turning this comfort food classic into a summer-inspired dish.

Filled with a light grain and veggie mixture, these stuffed red bell peppers are a fresh and vibrant family-friendly meal that comes together without any hassle.

Grain and Veggie Stuffed Peppers

Grain and Veggie Stuffed Peppers


  • 1 package of Heinen’s cooked brown rice
  • ½ yellow squash, medium diced
  • ½ green zucchini, medium diced
  • ½ cup baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • ½ yellow onion, peeled and small diced
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese, plus more for sprinkling
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped, fresh basil, plus more for sprinkling
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 red bell peppers, seeded, stemmed and cut in half
  • 1 24 oz. jar of Heinen’s marinara sauce
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a medium-size bowl, gently mix together the rice, squash, zucchini, mushrooms, onion, ½ cup of feta cheese, 2 Tbsp. chopped basil, olive oil, salt and pepper until completely combined.
  3. Evenly stuff each of the halved peppers with the grain and veggie stuffing until full and all of the stuffing has been used. Set aside.
  4. Pour the marinara sauce in a 13×9 casserole dish or a large 12” cast iron skillet.
  5. Place the peppers evenly in the dish or skillet and sprinkle with additional feta cheese.
  6. Bake in the oven at 350°F for 30-35 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked through.
  7. Sprinkle with more chopped, fresh basil and serve.

Grain and Veggie Stuffed Peppers

Chef Billy Parisi

By Chef Billy Parisi

Chef Billy Parisi is a culinary school grad who spent 15 years in the restaurant industry as a line cook, sous chef and executive chef. Now he develops, photographs and films simple and delicious recipes that will make everyone feel like a chef in their own kitchen.

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