Stuffed Jack-o-Lantern Peppers

So if you read the Pumpkin Pie Protein Pancakes recipe post, you know I’m set on ACTUALLY carving a pumpkin this year. Well, it has yet to happen. That doesn’t mean I’m not in the Halloween spirit. Au contraire. The time not spent making Jack-o-Lanterns was filled with getting lost in a corn maze, being chased by chain saws in a Haunted House (that is a great way to get in your cardio for the day, by the way), and carving some bell peppers! Yes, you heard that correctly. In the spirit of Halloween, I turned your average stuffed peppers recipe into a Spooktacular one! 😉

Aside from being really cute and festive, there’s a couple things I love about this recipe. For one, it’s healthy, duh. These stuffed peppers are packed with antioxidants, vitamin C, protein, and healthy fats. They’re also delicious with a great texture combination of soft and crunchy and kid approved. I don’t have any kids myself, but what child wouldn’t be ecstatic to eat out of a Jack-o-Lantern?! And even more appealing for you, they’re super easy and quick to make during a time of year that just seems to be busier and busier.

Whether you’re hosting a costume party, trying to get your kids to eat vegetables, or want to add a little flare to your weekly meal prep, this gluten-free, paleo, low-carb, high protein, nutrient-rich recipe for Stuffed Jack-o-Lantern Peppers will get you in the Halloween spirit.

Jack-o-Lantern Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Jack-o-Lantern Peppers


4 large, orange bell peppers

6 oz skinless chicken breasts

½ cup kale

1.5 cups riced cauliflower (I love using the pre-cut packages from Trader Joe’s or Target. Otherwise, just put cut, raw cauliflower into a blender or food-processor until minced in the texture of rice)

1/3 cup chopped mushrooms

1/4 cup chopped almonds

2 tsp garlic powder

1 tbsp olive oil

Pepper to taste



  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Pat chicken breasts dry with a paper towel.
  3. Wrap chicken breasts in a couple paper towels and place on a flat surface, I used a cutting board. Using a heavy, flat object like a frying pan, pat the chicken until the breasts are a relatively even size throughout.
  4. Spray a non-stick cooking pan with coconut oil spray and heat on medium-high heat.
  5. Sprinkle the chicken with the garlic powder and black pepper.
  6. Pan sear the chicken until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side.
  7. Line a baking dish with tinfoil and spray with coconut oil cooking spray. Place the chicken on the baking dish. Sprinkle the top of the chicken with rosemary.
  8. Place in oven for 10-15 minutes. Flip the breasts and cook for another 10-15 minutes or until fully cooked through.
  9. While the chicken is cooking, microwave the cauliflower rice in a microwavable-safe bowl for 5 to 5 ½ minutes.
  10. While the chicken and cauliflower are cooking, carve your bell peppers.
    • Use a sharp knife to slice the top off each bell pepper horizontally. Set tops aside (do not discard) Remove all seeds and membranes. Rinse and pat the peppers dry with a paper towel. Use a small paring knife to cut holes into the exterior of the peppers to make jack-o-lantern faces. If peppers don’t stand upright, use the knife to slice a small amount from the bottom to flatten the surface.
  11. Once the chicken is done baking, chop into bit-sized pieces.
  12. Spray a non-stick cooking pan with coconut oil spray and heat on medium-high heat.
  13. Cook mushrooms and almonds on the pan until the mushrooms are soft and the almonds are  aromatic and slightly toasted.
  14. Add cauliflower, kale, chopped chicken, olive oil, and some more pepper to the pan and stir until contents are combined.

So tell me, have you ever carved anything besides a pumpkin? What’s your favorite Halloween inspired recipe? Tell me in the comment box below!

Health and happiness,


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Hi and welcome to Life in Spandex! I'm Emily, a personal trainer who believes there should be no secrets standing in your way to getting fit. I am sharing my knowledge here on this blog in order to help you reach your goals. Fitness should be fun, eating healthy should taste good, and feeling your absolute best is the ultimate goal. Let's get fit together!
  1. Thank you for sharing your delicious recipe at the #RecipeSharingParty. I look forward to what you will share next week! We hope you’ll come back again next Thursday when we open our doors at 9:00 AM EST. Pinned, Yummed, Tweeted!

  2. They look super yummy and of course very pretty 🙂

    1. Thanks Nadine! I realized they could’ve probably used a nose though :/

  3. what a cute idea! my nieces will love these

    1. Let me know how they react! 🙂

  4. Not only are these freaking adorable, they sound delicious! I love the simplicity and also the fun look. VERY cool. I’ll be pinning this also 🙂

  5. These are so cute! What a great idea 🙂

  6. I like to have stuffed peppers, although I usually stuff them with meat. I don’t know why I never thought of stuffing them with chicken before! I’m going to try your recipe next time I cook stuffed peppers, maybe I’ll even carve them! 🙂 They look sooooo cute!

    1. Yay I’m so happy I could inspire you Fabiola 😀 let me know if you like them!

  7. Such a cute idea! 😀

  8. Looks so yummy! I got to try these ☺️

  9. These look so yummy and they’d be so fun to make on Halloween! What a creative idea. Thanks for sharing, Emily!

    1. Thank you Liv!!! Yes do it! They’re so easy to make too and way less of a mess than pumpkins 😉

  10. Great idea! I might even get my kids to like them!

    1. I hope they do!!! Let me know, Julie 🙂

  11. These are so cute. My friend introduced to to stuff bell peppers a while back I was shocked I liked them since they had the word “pepper” in the title lol

    1. Haha I totally get what you mean! I love bell peppers :). Roasted, raw, with hummus, in salads or omelettes … so yummy!

  12. How cute! And perfect for my gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo crowd. The stuffing looks delicious too.

  13. I love stuffed peppers and jack o lanterns. Very cute.

    1. Thank you Valerie 🙂

  14. Ok, this is one of the cutest holiday ideas I have seen. Who things of these things???

    1. Hehe thanks Carol!! 🙂 xo

  15. Very cute idea with stuffed peppers. Wondering if the kids would eat them any better.

    1. Thanks Candy :). Let me know if they do!

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