Yellow Bell Pepper Boats with Homemade Hot Sauce

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  • Makes 4 stuffed pepper halves
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These eye-catching stuffed pepper boats are packed full of good-for-you ingredients and drizzled with a homemade hot sauce. Potatoes, corn, and onion make a luscious filling that’s enhanced with spicy serrano chile and aromatic ginger. Sprinkle each half with fresh cilantro and sunflower seeds for a delicious dish you can serve alongside good bread and a fresh salad. And if you prefer the slightly sweeter taste of red bell peppers, feel free to swap in any color pepper that you like.

From Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook

By Del Sroufe,


  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and halved
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • ½ cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • ¼ cup finely chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon very finely chopped serrano chile
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 yellow bell peppers
  • ¼ cup sunflower kernels, toasted
  • 1 large tomato
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1½ teaspoons finely chopped fresh cilantro


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. In a saucepan combine potatoes and enough water to cover. Bring to boiling over medium; reduce heat. Simmer about 15 minutes or until tender; drain. Let potatoes cool. Mash potatoes.
  • In a small saucepan combine corn and 1 cup water. Cook over medium 5 to 7 minutes or until corn is tender; drain. Add to mashed potatoes with the onion, bell pepper, lime juice, half of the garlic, serrano chile, ½ teaspoon salt, and the ginger. Mix well.
  • Halve each yellow bell pepper lengthwise; remove seeds and membranes. Divide potato mixture among bell pepper halves; sprinkle with sunflower kernels. Place filled peppers in a shallow baking dish; cover with foil. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until peppers are soft when poked with a fork.
  • For Homemade Hot Sauce, place tomato in a blender. Cover and blend until smooth. Transfer tomato puree to a small saucepan. Add cayenne pepper, the remaining ½ teaspoon sea salt and half clove of garlic. Bring mixture to boiling; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low; simmer 5 minutes more.
  • To serve, drizzle Homemade Hot Sauce over pepper boats. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro.

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The filling for these peppers is divine on it’s own right out of the bowl. ☺️ What an interesting & way to gussy up your mashed potatoes as a main or side dish! This was very good stuffed in peppers too but I found that the time of baking listed was not nearly long enough. It still had a crunch to it and I would cook it longer as I want to be able to use a fork to easy slice off a bite. You might need to experiment with time & your preferences. I might test out roasting poblano peppers and then stuffing them… chile relleno style. I recommend this one!

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Del Sroufe

Chef Del Sroufe is co-owner and executive chef of Wellness Forum Foods, a whole-food, plant-based meal delivery and catering service in Columbus, Ohio. He is the author of Forks Over Knives - The Cookbook and Better Than Vegan. Del teaches cooking classes and helps people transition to a healthy plant-based diet.
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