If the thought of stuffed vegetables only evokes a mental picture of bell peppers filled with rice and topped with cheese, you’ve been missing out on a plethora of other approaches to veggies-as-vessels for fancy fillings. So, go ahead and get stuffed with these hearty-meets-healthy meals, from mushrooms and whole cauliflower to artichokes and fresh takes on peppers.
Sausage and White Bean-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
All the scrumptious flavours of sausage and white bean soup are packed into a sweet roasted spaghetti squash that will give you all the seasonal feels. It’s so tender, in fact, that a fork is all you need to cut the strands of the gourd into thin vegetable noodles.
Air Fryer Stuffed Mushrooms
Adorable button mushrooms jam-packed with garlicky breadcrumbs and cheese? Yes, please! This low-maintenance app or side requires only a few minutes in the air fryer, leaving you plenty of time to whip up your remaining dinner components. Here are things you never knew you could cook in an air fryer.
Stuffing-Stuffed Whole Cauliflower
Vegetarians rejoice! This gorgeous cauliflower side dish is filled with classic stuffing for a meal you can enjoy year-round. Leave everyone impressed with how you’ve expertly weaved in all that bread, seasonings and Parm together.
Autumn Vegetable Stuffed Squash
Even in the midst of a winter snowstorm, this comforting autumn-inspired dish will warm your insides and fill your belly. Sweet and mild in flavour, the delicata squash pairs beautifully with a comforting ratatouille and a nice cheesy hit from cubes of halloumi. Find more ideas from your favourite Anna Olson recipes ever.
Stuffed Piquillo Peppers
If you have company coming over, Spanish tapas is ideal when you’re crunched for time. These piquillo peppers are stuffed with goat cheese and Manchego, and finished off with an herbed vinaigrette. For healthy dinner ideas, try one of these hearty salads that will brighten your winter meals.
Vegan Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms, 3 Ways
Instead of offering plant-based dinner guests various vegan side dishes, serve them a versatile healthy main you can make three different ways. These simple stuffed portobello mushrooms are so delicious, even carnivores will want in on the action. Bonus: they’re a cinch to make!
Get the recipe for Vegan Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms, 3 Ways
Avocados Stuffed with Shrimp and Crab Salad
Large avocados meet delectable seafood salads in this glorious stuffed side dish (or dinner main!) that highlight the complementary flavours of crab meat and shrimp.
Chili-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Staring down chili leftovers? Transform last night’s dinner by stuffing the chili into roasted sweet potatoes. The sweetness of the veg will counteract the spices in the chili. A little dollop of guacamole and sour cream and you’ve got a whole new meal.
Stuffed Artichoke Casserole
Elevate the underrated artichoke by prepping a delicious side dish that makes this veggie the star. Learn more about popular foods that grow in surprising ways.
Stuffed Acorn Squash with Red Wine Cranberry Sauce
The smaller size of acorn squash makes this a great dinner dish where everyone gets their very own stuffed gourd. Nutty brown rice gets mixed with corn, red pepper and kale before everything is stuffed into the squash. The cranberry and wine sauce adds tang.
Stuffed Eggplant with Veal and Spinach
The versatile eggplant goes upscale with a veal and spinach stuffing in this Rachael Ray classic. Warming nutmeg adds comfort food flavours, while the parsley perks it up.
Healthy Chicken- and Cheese-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Rotisserie chicken or leftovers from a roast make for a fast and easy weeknight dinner when paired with cheese and stuffed into a sweet potato. While the avocado adds richness, the salsa verde and scallions act as the perfect foils for that.
Tex-Mex Cauliflower Rice-Stuffed Peppers
These Tex-Mex peppers stuffed with corn, tomatoes, black beans and cilantro, offer a triple dose of veggies, as the “rice” inside is made from cauliflower. But, don’t worry, there’s enough cheese in these to make them rich and hearty.
Stuffed Zucchini and Red Bell Peppers
Introduce a vibrant and flavour-forward vegetable dish to your regular dinner rotation with these family-friendly stuffed bell peppers and zucchinis brimming with cheese, breadcrumbs and marinara sauce.
Plump and juicy sausage-stuffed mushrooms are sure to be a hit as a make-ahead appetizer that can be popped into the oven at the last minute. For even more easy-peasy party ideas, try one of these 20-minute appetizers.
A classic stuffed vegetable dish, cabbage rolls make for a warming and hearty dinner. The Barefoot Contessa gives tomato sauce a sweet and tangy undertone by adding brown sugar and vinegar to the mix, which works well with the rich beef and rice filling.
Maple Pecan-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are the food equivalent of wrapping yourself in a warm, comforting blanket. So treat yourself and your guests to a healthy, vibrant side dish that features maple syrup and cream cheese. A nutty topping of roasted, roughly chopped pecans is the perfect finisher.
Italian Stuffed Jalapenos
Put a fiery side dish on the menu with these spicy stuffed jalapenos that will set your taste buds alight. This delicious creation mixes mild sausages with red pepper and onion to stuff the hot peppers. Cream cheese will cut some of the heat, or go all-out by using spicy sausage instead.
Acorn squash are the perfect vessel for a filling of pork, spinach, rice and herbs in this masterful Alton Brown creation. Remember to hang onto the tops of the gourd for bonus presentation points.
Stuffed Green Peppers
The original stuffed veggie dish, this classic recipe is still an absolute must-make if you’re in a time pinch or crave a comforting old-school favourite. Leftover rice with ground beef, breadcrumbs and shredded Fontina or Gruyere cheese form the base of all that stuffed goodness. Bon appetit!
Fully Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Stuff your sweet potatoes with this vegetarian chili-inspired filling that starts with black beans and tomatoes before adding earthy cumin and bright lime for lots of flavour. Keep filling them as much as you can — as long as they can stand up for the second bake, you’re good.
Stuffed Grape Leaves
Although stuffed grape leaves look complicated to make, this step-by-step recipe walks you through the entire process of making these savoury veggie dolmades. Grape leaves can be found in jars at larger supermarkets or specialty grocers.