Greek Orzo-Stuffed Red Peppers with Lemony Basil Tomatoes

Delicious, exotic, and truly awe-inspiring.  Experience this rush of Mediterranean flavors and add freshness by using fresh bell peppers, oregano, basil, and cherry tomatoes grown from your AeroGardens.  Καλή όρεξη! (Greek for enjoy your food!).

 

Ingredients

-- 3 red bell peppers, halved

-- 3 cloves garlic, minced or grated

-- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

-- 3 sprigs fresh oregano

--  kosher salt and pepper

-- 1 cup dry orzo or quinoa

-- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

--  1/2 cup pitted kalamata olive

-- 2 pepperoncini, chopped

-- 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts, chopped

-- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

 

Lemony Basil Tomatoes

-- 1 cup fresh basil, chopped 

-- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

-- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

-- crushed red pepper flakes

-- zest from one lemon

-- kosher salt

 

Instructions

-- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. 

-- In a 9x13 inch baking dish, toss the peppers with the olive oil, garlic, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Add the oregano. Transfer to the oven and roast for 20-25 minutes or until the peppers are beginning to char.

-- Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the orzo according to package directions until al dente. Drain and toss with the balsamic vinegar, olives, pepperoncini, pine nuts, and feta.

-- Make the lemon basil tomatoes by combining all ingredients in a small bowl. 

-- Stuff the warm orzo inside the peppers. Drizzle with the lemon basil tomato sauce. Enjoy!

 

Half Baked Harvest provides recipe notes: "Alternately the peppers can be grilled for 4-5 minutes per side instead of roasted."

 

Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest.

 

** You can grow some ingredients in this recipe with these Seed Pod Kits:

Bell Peppers

-- Sweet Bell Peppers Seed Pod Kit (Tall Garden Kit)

-- Jumbo Veggies Seed Pod Kit (Tall Garden Kit)

Oregano

-- Italian Herbs Seed Pod Kit

-- Pizza Herb Seed Pod Kit

-- Herb Lover's Seed Pod Kit

Basil

-- Pesto Basil Seed Pod Kit

-- International Basil Seed Pod Kit 

-- Asian Herbs Seed Pod Kit

-- Cocktail & Mocktail Herb Blend 

-- Pizza Herb Seed Pod Kit

-- Gourmet Herbs Seed Pod Kit 

-- Italian Herbs Seed Pod Kit

-- Traditional Medicinal Herbs Seed Pod Kit

-- Herb Lover's Seed Pod Kit

-- Salad Bar Seed Pod Kit (For Farm & Farm Plus Models)

Cherry Tomatoes

-- Heirloom Cherry Tomato Kit (For Farm Models)

-- Mighty Mini Cherry Tomato Seed Pod Kit

-- Golden Harvest Cherry Tomato Seed Pod Kit

-- Red Heirloom Cherry Tomato Seed Pod Kit

-- Salad Bar Seed Pod Kit (For Farm & Farm Plus Models)

-- Salsa Garden Seed Pod Kit

-- Mega Cherry Tomatoes Seed Pod Kit (Tall Garden Kit)

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