Bell Peppers with Chickpea Mash, Eggs and Harissa

Total Time
57 min
15 min
42 min


uncooked bell pepper(s)

6 item(s), medium, assorted colors

uncooked onion(s)

1 medium, diced

table salt

¾ tsp, or to taste

black pepper

½ tsp, or to taste

ground turmeric

½ tsp

garlic powder

½ tsp

ground cumin

¼ tsp

ground cinnamon

¼ tsp

fresh baby spinach

3 cup(s), chopped

canned drained chickpeas

¾ cup(s), rinsed, drained, mashed slightly with a fork


6 large


6 tsp, or cilantro, finely chopped

harissa paste

6 Tbsp, mild or hot


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line baking sheet with foil and spray foil with nonstick spray.
  2. Slice lengthwise piece off each bell pepper, leaving stem and bottom intact, creating a boat shape from each; reserve cut pieces of bell pepper. Carefully scoop out membrane and seeds from peppers with melon baller or teaspoon. Set bell peppers on prepared pan, cut side up. Loosely cover with foil; bake 15 minutes
  3. Meanwhile, dice reserved bell pepper pieces. Spray large skillet with nonstick spray and place over medium-low heat. Add diced bell peppers, onion, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon black pepper; cook, stirring frequently, until tender, about 7 minutes. Add turmeric, garlic powder, cumin, and cinnamon and toss to combine. Add spinach and chickpeas; toss to combine and remove from heat.
  4. Remove bell peppers from oven and reduce heat to 375°F. Place peppers in baking dish. Divide chickpea mixture evenly among peppers; crack 1 egg onto each pepper and sprinkle with remaining ¼ teaspoon salt and remaining ¼ teaspoon black pepper. Bake, uncovered, until egg whites are set, about 20 minutes. Sprinkle with chives and spoon harissa paste over top.
  5. Serving size: 1 stuffed pepper


Harissa is a spicy condiment commonly found in North African cuisine that can range from mild to fiery hot. Look for one that meets your spice threshold.

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