Stuffed Peppers with Tofu | Meatless Monday Recipe

Tofu-Stuffed-Peppers

We’ve been doing one meatless meal in our house each week to help out the budget.  Most of the recipes I have made have included beans in one form or another.  There was one meatless protein source I hadn’t tried yet.  Honestly, I was a bit scared to try it myself and sure the kids and husband would revolt.  That protein source was Tofu.

What got me past my fear was a great sale at Giant Eagle on Tofu and some very helpful comments from readers on TCH GIant Eagle Facebook Page.  They shared how they incorporated Tofu and that it wasn’t even noticable.  After reading these comments, I picked up one container of tofu at Giant Eagle.

I originally picked it up thinking I would use it in a smoothie, but when the night for meatless meals came along, I decided to use the Tofu.  Since I have a bunch of colored peppers from a great sale at Aldi and some leftover rice from the past couple nights, my first thought was Stuffed Peppers.

I found a recipe on Food.Com and changed it up a bit to fit what I had on hand and the amount of time I had to cook it.  Here’s what I came up with to feed my family of 7.

Tofu Stuffed Peppers Ingredints and Costs

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  • 8 oz Nasayo Super Firm Diced Tofu – $1 with Giant Eagle deal
  • 8 oz White Mushroom – 69 cents at Aldi.  I added these because the amount of Tofu I had was less than amount called for in original recipe
  • 6 Colored Peppers – 70 cents each at Aldi when pack of two = $1.39 = $4.20
  • 2 cups Frozen corn – about 80 cents.  I picked up this organic pack at Costco for about $1.25 a pound.
  • 1 1/2 cup Mozzarella Cheese – $1.15 since I used about 1/2 of pack
  • 2 cups Rice – Free since I used leftovers that would have otherwise gone to waste
  • Salsa – 75¢.  I have Salsa in the stockpile from 90 cents sale.
  • Seasoning, Including Garlic and Onion 25 cents

That made my total cost $8.84 for a meal that would feed 8.  That’s just a little over $1 per person.  Had I added meat, the recipe cost would have been much higher.

Stuffed Peppers with Tofu
 
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Get the kids to eat Tofu with this Stuffed Peppers recipe. Not only is it meatless, but it's also frugal and easy to make.
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Recipe type: Meatless
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 8 oz Nasayo Super Firm Diced Tofu (diced a bit more for really small pieces)
  • 8 oz White Mushrooms (finally chopped)
  • 6 color peppers - Cut each in half from stem down and clean. DIce one half into small pieces
  • 2 cups Frozen Corn
  • 1 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 2 Cups Cooked Brown Rice (I also added a bit of black since it's what I had on hand)
  • Salsa
  • 1 Onion diced
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 2 tsp Minced Garlic
  • ½ tsp pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Coat boottom of Skillet with olive oil and heat. Stir Fry, Mushrooms, tofu, Onion and Garlic.
  3. Add Pepper, Parsley and ½ of a pepper chopped. Cook for a minute
  4. Add rice, cheese and corn and stir
  5. Add in about ½ jar of salsa
  6. Place peppers halves in 8 by 13 baking dish. I did not Parboil them since I like my peppers a bit crunchy. I placed 11 halves in the dish.
  7. Stuff each with mixture.
  8. Place spoonful of salsa on each and then sprinkle with mozzarella
  9. Cook covered with foil for about 45 minutes
  10. Uncover and continue cooking for about 15 minutes
I did not tell the kids there was Tofu in the stuffed peppers.  I did tell them it was meatless though since they know we do one meatless meal a week.  They all actually  really enjoyed the peppers and said it was good.  They saw the pieces of Tofu in it and tried to figure out what exactly it was.   This actually made for some fun dinner conversation.   At first, they thought it was chicken, but then knowing it was meatless, they ruled it out.  Another guess was turnips.

I kept my mouth shut and just let them keep guessing.  You see my husband wasn’t home at that time and I didn’t want them to let the cat out of the bag and tell him.  If they had, I have a feeling he wouldn’t have tried the meal.  I arrived home from a meeting and asked him what his thoughts were on the meal.  He also said it was really good.  I asked if he knew what the mystery ingredient was.  He did guess Tofu, but didn’t complain about it at all.  So think I’ll be trying more Tofu dishes, especially if I find more great deals on it at Giant Eagle.  I would love to hear if you have a favorite Tofu Meal Recipe.

Find more Healthy and Meatless recipe my family has enjoyed here.

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