What to Serve with Stuffed Peppers: 16 Scrumptious Ideas

By , SparkPeople Blogger
If you're a stuffed pepper addict, we feel you. Peppers are quite possibly the perfect foundation for a scrumptious snack or even a hearty meal. In addition to the beef, rice, cheese or whatever yummy ingredients they're stuffed with, bell peppers also serve up plenty of antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and are chock full of vitamins C, A and E. Plus, with only 45 calories per cup, they're a diet-friendly choice (as long as you choose sensible stuffers, of course).
Using stuffed peppers as a container also makes it easier to sneak in extra servings of veggies, especially helpful when feeding picky kiddos. You can even provide a pepper-stuffing bar where everyone can pick and choose their fillings and enjoy their own custom creations.
If this delicious food is on your regular rotation, you might be wondering what to serve with stuffed peppers to add variety to your meals without sabotaging your goals. Try incorporating some of these scrumptious side dishes next time you enjoy your favorite pepper.

Build Your Dinner Menu Around Stuffed Peppers

Some of our SparkPeople members shared their favorite ideas for stuffed pepper side dishes:

"When my mom made stuffed peppers, she always made boiled potatoes with them ([along with] lots of sauce as we have them the Hungarian way--boiled in tomato juice, not baked). When I make them now, I serve them with a side salad and a cooked veggie. (Or) make it as a soup in [your] Crockpot ([using] chopped peppers instead of stuffed) and add rice to [your] bowl instead of to meat." STAMPINGADDICT

"I have always had mine with potatoes. My mom would either make mashed or fried. The potatoes are good to sop up the yummy sauce." - HEALTHYAMY

"I served it with small garlic roasted potatoes and roasted sweet red pepper with a creamy white wine and mustard sauce...not on my diet, but was worth every calorie." - BARBAKOAR

16 Side Dish Recipes for to Serve with Stuffed Peppers

Green Beans with Sesame Dressing: Freshly toasted sesame seeds spiked with soy sauce and mirin become a nutty, rich dressing for crunchy green beans.

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Warm Brussels Sprouts and Chorizo Salad: This scrumptious salad takes less than 15 minutes to whip up, with no mess or hassle.

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Roasted Parmesan Garlic Cauliflower: The sweet flavor of the roasted cauliflower pairs nicely with garlic and warm parmesan cheese.

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Russian Salad with Beets, Pickles, Beans and Carrots: This gluten-free and vegan side dish is a tasty complement to stuffed peppers.

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Kettle Corn Potatoes: Grilled or baked, these sweet, salty and spicy potatoes make a palate-pleasing companion to your favorite peppers.

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Moroccan Roasted Carrots: Cumin, turmeric, paprika, cinnamon and crushed red pepper join forces to create a tantalizing side dish.

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Italian Roasted Mushrooms and Veggies: Quite possibly the easiest way to roast mushrooms, cauliflower, tomatoes and garlic--Italian style.

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Paprika Roasted Potatoes: Creamy inside and crunchy outside, they're easy, flavorful and pair nicely with peppers.

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Mexican-Style Sweet Potato Fries: Who needs French fries? Simply toss sweet potatoes with a few shakes of ground cumin and black pepper before baking.

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Warm Potato and Arugula Salad: Simple but filling, arugula is topped with potatoes and avocado, then tossed with truffle oil and red wine vinegar.

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Instant Pot Wild Rice Pilaf: Take the pressure off with this easy Instant Pot rice recipe.

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Asian Ramen Slaw: It just takes 10 minutes to throw together this tangy, crunchy and crowd-pleasing slaw.

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Summer Stone Fruit Salad: It's the perfect light, fresh accompaniment to your favorite stuffed peppers.

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Melted Feta and Veggie Bake: This quick and easy dish is high in protein, fiber and vitamins A, C and B6.

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Twice-Baked Potato Slices: These perfectly portioned spuds allow you to enjoy the decadence of bacon, cheese and taters without the guilt.

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Spiralizer Greek Salad: This light and refreshing side dish is made with cucumbers, tomatoes, basil, chickpeas, feta cheese and balsamic vinaigrette.

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What's your favorite side dish to serve with stuffed peppers?

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