Roast Mushrooms, Garlic, Thyme, and Tomato-Stuffed Peppers

Feeling like you need a hit of veggie goodness? This is a great little recipe that’s easy to make and goes as a delicious vegetarian side dish or flavorsome main. I like to add some protein to create a balanced meal, steak is good, or even some roast lamb, or seafood.


  • 3 ripe Roma tomatoes
  • 3 large yellow bell peppers
  • 2 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  • 12 anchovy fillets
  • 2 lb Maitake mushrooms (also called Hen of the Woods)
  • 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar salt and ground black pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit. Wash peppers and tomatoes well. Carefully cut each bell pepper in half lengthwise, splitting stem in two if possible (don't remove stem). Remove and discard seeds and ribs.

Mix garlic and thyme together.

Cut and core each tomato in half lengthwise.

Set peppers on oiled and seasoned cast-iron pan, cut side up. Drizzle 1⁄4 of the olive oil and sprinkle half of garlic-thyme mixture into the peppers. Season with salt and pepper.

Gently push 1⁄2 a tomato into each pepper (tops should be flush with peppers). Sprinkle with remaining garlic-thyme mixture; drizzle a bit more olive oil on top; and again season with salt and pepper.

Place two anchovy fillets in “X” fashion on each tomato-stuffed pepper.

Toss mushroom bunches with remaining olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Place the  mushrooms around peppers in cast-iron pan.

Roast in 350°F oven for about 20 minutes, or until tomato-stuffed peppers are soft.

Remove from oven and drizzle with touch of balsamic vinegar.

Serve with mushrooms on the side. Makes six servings.

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The mushrooms in this recipe are rich in potassium, magnesium and amino acids (the building blocks for protein and lean body, so eat them up and enjoy!

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