Hi, everyone! Hope everything is going well with you all!
I decided to make stuffed peppers the other day. They’re super easy to make, and yes, they are healthy. Most importantly though, they’re delicious! What is the point of eating healthy if it doesn’t taste good, right? And excuse my lack of images of the finished product. I got too carried away with eating them that I forgot to take a picture first.
There are hundreds of variations of the recipe for stuffed peppers; I decided to go slightly TexMex on this one. I used ground turkey meat instead of ground beef, but either one works just fine.
6 Bell Peppers (color doesn’t matter, I just like red ones because they’re sweeter) Note: make sure that the bottom of each pepper is level so it can stand on its own.
Note: make sure that the bottom of each pepper is level so it can stand on its own.
1-2 Pounds ground turkey or beef
2 Cups Brown Rice
1 8 oz Can Black Beans
1 6 oz Can Tomato Paste
Spices: Cumin, Paprika, Cayenne Pepper, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Chili Powder and Salt, all to taste
Cheddar, Pepperjack, or Monterey Jack Cheese for the topping
- Set the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Slice the tops of the peppers off and scoop out the seeds. Place the cleaned peppers upright in an oven-safe pan.
- Cook the rice according to the package directions.
- In a separate pot, cook the meat with the spices for about 5-8 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste. Stir in the black beans. Add rice to the meat and mix together well.
- Portion out the meat and rice mixture into each hollowed-out pepper using a spoon. Fill each pepper to the top. Don’t put the cheese on yet.
- Place the pan of peppers in the oven. Bake for 30 minutes. Add cheese to the top of the peppers and place back in the oven for more minutes, or until the cheese bubbles and turns slightly brown. Serve hot.
You probably won’t use all the meat and rice filling, so keep it as leftovers–or get more peppers and fill them.
I am not a huge fan of beans, I must confess. I’ve never really liked them–any of them. They have a gritty texture that I just don’t find appealing. But I have learned to tolerate them, because they are wonderfully good at assisting good health, as they help prevent against inflammation, diabetes, and certain cancers–colorectal cancer among them.
I do love sweet bell peppers! They are sweet and crunchy and refreshing! They are high in vitamin C and fiber, and like carrots, are very good for eye health.
In the news of DIY, I attempted to make my own shampoo. I used a little of the soap that I made the other day along with a few teaspoons of olive oil and some castile soap. I used it the other day and although my hair felt clean afterward, there was very little lather.
It is an experiment in progress. I will be attempting to make my own conditioner next–my hair feels like it needs it. You would think that with all the humidity in the air lately, my hair would be soaking that moisture right up! Oh well.
Stay tuned for further adventures! Until next time!