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!

  • 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!


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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