Wednesday, March 12, 2014

What's for Dinner Wednesday: Stuffed Bell Peppers


This recipe is really just an accident, stumbled upon because of my lack of planning.  Boy am I glad to have a well stocked pantry.  At many times during our early married/grad-school years my pantry was "stocked" with brown tuna and the 25 cent mac and cheese, nary a fresh vegetable to be found.

We actually really like stuffed bell peppers in our home.  They are hearty, filling and full of yummy goodness!

Ingredients:
  • 4 good sized red bell peppers (okay, you can use green too but it isn't as much fun).  Seeded and cut in half.
  • 1 "family sized" box of Beef Rice a Roni (the San Francisco Treat - ding! ding!) prepared
  • 1 can of hunt's spaghetti sauce (we like onion and garlic)
  • 1/2 yellow onion minced
  • 1/2 lb ground beef (it really is much better if you grind your own, really)
  • 1/2 lb ground pork (really)
  • 2 C grated cheddar cheese
  • salt, pepper, garlic powder


Love my KitchenAid mixer in butter yellow from Williams and Sonoma - I use it all the time.  The meat grinder attachment is especially helpful!

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350

In large pan brown meat and onion, season with salt, pepper and garlic powder, until done.  

Combine prepared Rice a Roni, meat and onion mix and spaghetti sauce.  

In 9" x 13" casserole pan place peppers cut side up, stuff each with meat/rice mixture.  

Top with shredded cheese.

Bake uncovered for 30 to 40 minutes until cheese is bubbly and peppers are tender.  The Aussie only likes uncooked veggies but I can get away with this one if I under cook the peppers and they are still crisp.




{ Quotes to Cook by}

“I want to lose weight by eating nothing but moon pies, which have significantly less gravity than earthier foods such as fruits and vegetables.” 
― Jarod KintzI Want

“Facts must be faced. Vegetables simply don't taste as good as most other things do.” 
― Peg BrackenThe Compleat I Hate to Cook Book

“They sowed the duller vegetables first, and a pleasant feeling of righteous fatigue stole over them as they addressed themselves to the peas.” 
― E.M. ForsterWhere Angels Fear to Tread


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