One of my favorite meals that my mom used to make was Stuffed Peppers. It was one of the recipes that I first asked her for while I was in college. They weren’t necessarily unhealthy at the time, but I wanted to make them healthier. So, I started substituting ground turkey for the ground beef and brown rice for the white rice and adding other veggies. Now, I’ve decided to alter them once again. I substituted Morningstar Farms crumbles for the ground turkey and it turned out great!
Here are the ingredients cooking:
2 cups cooked brown rice
1/2 pkg. Morningstar Farms crumbles (beef substitute)
¼ cup sweet onion, chopped
1 small garlic clove, chopped
Salt and pepper
¼ tsp garlic salt
¼ cup corn
Mozzarella cheese (if desired)
¾ cup water
1/3 cup ketchup
2 bell peppers (any color)
Fresh parsley, chopped
Preheat oven to 350°. In a medium saucepan, cook brown rice per package directions. Wash peppers; chop tops of peppers and reserve. Make sure the peppers can stand up. If not, carefully slice little pieces off the bottoms until they can stand upright. Parboil peppers in boiling water for 4 minutes.
Meanwhile, sauté onion and garlic in large skillet in a small amount of olive oil. When onions turn translucent, add crumbles and cook until defrosted. Stir in salt, pepper, and garlic salt to taste. Add corn, chopped pepper tops, cheese and 1 cup of the rice. Mix water and ketchup in a small bowl; pour 1 cup over crumble mixture. Stuff mixture into pepper bottoms and place in a baking dish. Add remaining mixture and rice to dish surrounding peppers. Pour tomato sauce over top.
Bake for 35-40 minutes or until browned on top. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.
I also made Dreena’s Ooey Gooey bars (I can’t remember the real name of them right now), but they were great! Ryan and I couldn’t keep our hands off of them and they were gone within a few days. I would love to bring this to a gathering.
Last night was my second writing class where we rediscovered our relationship and history with writing. It was very neat to revisit some old memories of note-notebooks, penpals, and forms of journaling. Each class helps me brainstorm and think of writing ideas – it gets me “unstuck”.
Today the sun is shining, but it is deceiving as there is quite a chill out there. No winter jackets yet, so I’m still happy!