Stuffed Jack-o-Lanterns

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Looking for something fun to eat when Halloween night rolls around? Try out these stuffiest Jack o Lanterns. It doesn't have to be Halloween for you to enjoy stuffed pepper recipes though, you can make these any time of year for any occasion. In fact, easy stuffed pepper recipes like this one are great for all sorts of occasions.

They would be great to serve up for a kid's birthday party, or for a fun pot luck dinner, they would also just be cool to make any day of the week to liven things up a little at the dinner table. Pepper recipes usually involve sautéing the sliced up peppers in some oil until they are nice and soft, but with a little crunch to them. This recipe, however, cooks the peppers whole, with a bunch of delicious ingredients inside, plus, you get to carve a cute or scary face into the pepper before you stuff it.

The ingredients for this recipe are all gluten free, vegan, nut free, and sugar free, so it will suit a variety of different preferences. People who would like to add in some meat are welcome to do so, just make sure that it's organic, free range, happily raised animal meat from a sustainable source. But this recipe just shows how fun eating vegan and gluten free can be and that it doesn't have to be plain, boring or restrictive like many may think. The sauce is filled with so many incredible ingredients like sun dried tomatoes, sunflower seeds and basil, and the peppers themselves have a lot of great nutrition.

A red peppers nutrition includes being very high in vitamin A, vitamin B6, and vitamin C, as well as being high in dietary fibre, manganese, potassium and thiamin. The red pepper is also has no cholesterol and is very low in fat and sodium. Just like a red peppers nutrition, green, yellow and orange peppers have similar vitamins and minerals in them. It would be fun to have a variety of red, green, yellow and orange peppers when making this recipe.

Most easy stuffed pepper recipes will call for one pepper per person. You can find packages of as many as six multicoloured peppers in each package at your grocery store, which can save you some money when you are buying them to make pepper recipes like this one. For the Jack o Lanterns, it would be especially fun to use the orange peppers so they look like little pumpkins. Thank you to Leanne from Healthyful Pursiut for this awesomely fun recipe for Stuffed Jack o Lanterns. Leanne is a Holistic Nutritionist who is passionate about health and loves sharing her nutritious and delicious recipes through her website. You can find a great variety of healthy vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, sugar free, dairy free recipes on her website and incorporate them into your healthy lifestyle. Leanne even offers Meal Planning tips to help you create the meals that make you feel good from the inside out.***

Nutrition Facts for: Stuffed Jack-o-Lanterns From Healthyful Pursiut
Ingredients: Zucchinis( or you can use gluten-free brown rice spaghetti), bell peppers, hot house tomato, sun dried tomatoes, red pepper red onion, fresh basil leaves, sunflower seeds, extra-virgin olive oil, gluten-free soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, garlic clove, medjool date, sea salt, ground black pepper.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 4 servings. * Per Serving: Calories 119, Calories from Fat 34, Total Fat 3.8g 6%, Saturated Fat 0.5g 2% Cholesterol 0mg 0%, Sodium 138mg 6%, Potassium 864mg 25%, Carbohydrates 19.7g 7%, Dietary Fiber 5.5g 22%, Sugars 12.9g, Protein 4.3g, Vitamin A 85%, Vitamin C 313%, Calcium 5%,Iron 8%

*Note: The Nutrition Facts are done based on using zucchinis.

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