Monday, July 9, 2012

Stuffed Bell Peppers

Hello everyone, so this is a start of a new week and with new weeks comes new beginnings.   In my case its another new recipe for you all, stuffed bell peppers.  Now we all know its summer time out there and its hot so probably the last thing you all want to do is heat up your oven to make these.  You can put these on a grill using a grill safe baking dish.  You could also wait until night time to make these when its a little bit cooler and you can open up all your windows and have these for leftovers.  Either way I am going to share this recipe with you all and you can do with it how you see fit.  I am also going to share with you the video I made for these as well, in the video I used left over meat loaf.  You could use ground beef, turkey, chicken or beans for this recipe.  It's versatile like that being a recipe and all.


1 chopped onion
7 bell peppers of any color
1 handful of chopped basil
1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon of minced garlic
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
4 cups of steamed rice
10 roasted tomatoes or 2 32 oz cans
4 roasted cherry tomatoes
1 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
2 pounds of ground beef, turkey or chicken or 32 oz of beans
1 pot full of boiling water
Black pepper to taste


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and start roasting your tomatoes ( if you are using canned you can skip this step.) Grab a cookie sheet and put all your tomatoes on it sprinkle with a little extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper, roast them for about 45 minutes or until the burst open.  Tip to make the roasting process faster cut the tomatoes in half.  Next we are going to get started on the rice, just follow the package instructions and put it on your back burner.  Heat up a skillet with extra virgin olive oil and add in onions, ground meat or beans, garlic and half of the seasonings.  When the meat is cooked through put it aside and get working on your tomatoes.  Run them through your food processor or blender in batches.  They will be hot so please do not over crowd the blenders and or food processors.  Add in the roasted tomato sauce and the rest of your seasonings to your ground beef mixture.  While that mixture is simmering on the stove, go ahead and slice the tops off your peppers, clean out the white ribs and seeds and throw them into the boiling water.  Give them just a few minutes in the water, you want them to be slightly softened but not too soft you cannot work with them.  Drizzle your baking dish with some of the sauce and start stuffing your peppers.  Sprinkle the tops with grated Parmesan cheese and black pepper to taste.  Bake in your oven or grill for about 30 minutes or until the peppers have softened and the cheese on top is crispy.  Serve with a side salad and dinner is ready.  I hope you try this and I hope you and your family enjoys it.  Live, laugh and love all.


Note that I used left over meatloaf because I needed to use it and we were tired of meat loaf sandwiches lol.  Just an idea for left over meat loaf, it can be turned into a completely different dish.

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