Mine are very tender after baking. I eat the entire pepper when I eat a stuffed pepper. There's no firmness or crunch. I like them cooked for this dish. I found them to be pretty mushy with both parboiling and baking. Next time you make them, keep one raw and bake it to see if it's too your liking. I don't like boiling lasagna noodles or bell peppers. I will do whatever it takes to avoid it.