Remember last Tuesday when Dana, of Dana and Greg and It’s a Cooking Thing fame, posted a recipe for avocado toast? Avocado toast is certainly tasty, and I appreciated Dana’s tips on how to make the best avocado toast ever (it really is awesome), but at the end of her post she promised to give us a more challenging recipe this week. Here’s a picture of Dana thinking up her new recipe…
Hmmm, what should I make this week?
Well…this week Dana sent me a recipe for what she was calling, “Not My Mamma’s Stuffed Peppers” (she is making reference to the fact that we were not big fans of our mom’s stuffed peppers (sorry mom) when we were growing up; of course, we were just kids so they were probably better than we remember :)). Anyway, as I was reading through the recipe she sent, I thought, this doesn’t sound like something Dana would make, e.g., it had sunflowers, brown rice, and no meat (the big tip off was the no meat), so I called her to ask about it. Dana started laughing and admitted that she was tired after a long week and weekend, and that everything they made last week had meat in it or was fattening, so she just found a recipe that looked good and submitted it to me. Now, that just made me laugh.
Do any of you watch, Parenthood, the new weekly family drama created by Ron Howard? On last night’s episode, Julia (lawyer and mom), was assigned to bring homemade soup to the sick parents from her daughter’s school. Julia is a busy person, and not that into cooking, so instead of homemade soup, she bought soup from a restaurant and poured it into one of her own pans. Unfortunately for Julia, the receipt from the soup purchase went into the pan along with the store bought soup and her scheme was soon discovered. Uh-oh!
Julia’s story reminds me of Dana’s and vice versa. Raising kids, working, trying to keep our lives organized, AND working out, is hard. We are just plain busy and cutting a few corners now and then never hurt anyone. So, take a shortcut when you need one and don’t forget to ask for a little help from your friends.
In lieu of Dana’s “Not My Mamma’s Stuffed Peppers” (Dana, that is just such a great title), here is:
“Not Dana’s Stuffed Peppers” ~Karma & Jimmy
3 large orange, red, or yellow bell peppers (you can also use green)
1 pkg. Uncle Ben’s Wild Rice (cooked according to package directions)
3/4 chopped almonds
2 green onions
1-soup can size petite diced tomatoes, drained
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 tsp. worcestershire
1/2 tsp. dried basil
garlic salt and pepper
Cut peppers in half lengthwise. Remove stems and seeds. Drop pepper halves into boiling water. Boil uncovered for 2 minutes, then plunge into cold water and drain well.
Stir together: cooked rice, almonds, green onions, tomatoes, 1 cup of the cheddar cheese, eggs, worcestershire, basil, and garlic salt and pepper to taste (Jimmy, who often makes this dish, says he adds approx. 3-4 shakes of garlic salt and a tsp or so of pepper). Mound mixture into pepper shells and then place peppers into shallow baking dish (we use a cookie sheet). Sprinkle tops equally with remaining cheddar cheese. Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 35 minutes.
We don’t have a picture of the peppers to show you today, but we will definitely have something to show you by next week. These peppers are super good and our whole family loves them. The recipe comes from Sunset Vegetarian Cooking. We found out, when we were looking for pictures to post, that it is now listed as an “old” cookbook. I guess 1981 now qualifies as old. Anyway, it is my favorite cookbook and you can get it on ebay for $1.04. Imagine, I paid $5.95 for it 1985 🙂
Have a wonderful Tuesday!