Thursday, September 20, 2012

Stuffed peppers....

Last night I made stuffed green peppers for dinner.  This was another request from Mr. Lucky.  He made this request years ago but because I HATE peppers I have avoided making it for all this time.  I finally caved in because I wanted to make something new and I felt bad for never making them for him.

I think green peppers are my #1 most hated food.  I have never liked them.  When I was a kid and my mom or dad made something with peppers I would either pick them out and leave them in a pile on my plate or I wouldn't eat it at all.  I have tried red, orange, yellow and even purple peppers over the years and have found that I kinda like yellow ones.  Yellow peppers have a much milder flavor than the others.  For this recipe I used two green peppers for Mr. Lucky and two yellow ones for me.

Here is the recipe for 4 stuffed peppers:

1 lb lean ground beef
1/2 of a large onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
4 green bell peppers
1/2 cup uncooked medium grain white rice
1 cup water
2 (8oz) cans tomato sauce
salt and pepper to taste
1 pinch of each dried Basil, Oregano & Parsley
1/4 -1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese for topping the peppers

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 

Place the rice and water in a saucepan, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and cook 20 minutes. In a skillet over medium heat, saute the onions until they are soft then add the garlic.  Cook for about a minute or two then add the beef  and cook until evenly browned. 

 Remove and discard the tops, seeds, and membranes of the bell peppers. Arrange peppers in a baking dish with the hollowed sides facing upward. (Slice the bottoms of the peppers if necessary so that they will stand upright.)  

 In a bowl, mix the browned beef, cooked rice, 1 can tomato sauce, salt, and pepper. Spoon an equal amount of the mixture into each hollowed pepper. 

 Heat the remaining can of sauce with the Basil, Oregano and Parsley for a few minutes until heated through. 

Pour over the tops of the peppers. 

 Bake 1 hour in the preheated oven.  With about 5-10 minutes of cooking time left sprinkle the Mozzarella cheese over the top of the peppers.

I hate to admit it but these came out great.  I really liked them!  Mr. Lucky definitely enjoyed them.  I will say that two peppers each was way too much.  I had served a tomato and cucumber salad with the peppers but Mr. Lucky didn't even touch it.  I ate mine because I'm not afraid of vegetables like he is and I only had one of my peppers.

I will be making this again but probably not until we have some people over to share with us.

Talk with you soon!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

We're back....

Mr. Lucky and I survived our 4,800 mile road trip to Massachusetts and, more importantly, we still like each other. It was so nice to see family and friends but it is also nice to get back to my own house and my own bed.

I am going to the grocery store today because there is nothing but flour and sugar in this house.  I can't wait to have a home cooked meal.  Going out to restaurants is great but gets tiresome when it is for every meal.  Don't get me wrong, we had some great food but we also had a lot of fast food.  We try not to eat fast food often but when you're traveling on Interstate 80 through Iowa and Nebraska you sometimes have no other choice. 

Anyway, expect some posts this week.  I will be cooking lots of good meals and making some treats for Mr. Lucky to bring to work.

Talk with you soon!