Wednesday, January 18, 2012
We had stuffed peppers for dinner tonight - the perfect meal. Not only simple to make but it has protein, vegetable and rice all in one dish!
I don't have a recipe for this. I just make it but here are the ingredients I used today..
Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Brown some ground beef - for two servings, I use about a cup. I season with salt and pepper and cook it slowly in a frypan so you don't need to add fat. When it is almost done, I add the vegetables. Today I used onion, celery and one clove of garlic. Often I add mushrooms but use whatever you like or whatever you have leftover in the fridge. The vegetables should equal about a cup. I also add some dry seasoning at this stage. I often use Italian herbs like oregano, basil, etc. You can go Mexican with a fajita or taco seasoning mix. Whatever flavours you like are perfectly fine.
Once the vegetables are softened, add about a cup of cooked rice. I prefer brown rice but used white tonight. Next step is to add about a cup of diced tomatoes. Stir to mix well and then add about half a cup of mozzarella cheese. Stir to melt and spoon into a pepper that has been halved and de-seeded. I like to add about a Tbsp of liquid to the bottom of the dish before placing it in the oven, Today I used tomato juice but water works just as well. I sprinkle the top with some more grated mozzarella cheese - about 1/2 a cup.
The peppers need to bake about 30 minutes until they are softened. I pierce them with a knife tip to make sure they are ready. This is an easy and healthy dinner so enjoy!