Thursday, January 14, 2010

Heart and Home Stuffed Bell Peppers

Hi there! A great big Welcome to my new Followers! I'm so happy you're tagging along for the ride at Heart and Home. I hope you'll always enjoy your visits here, and that you'll come back often! Today I'm sharing another Foodie Friday dinner suggestion.

If you're anything like me you've been busy getting back to the normal, daily routine since the holidays have passed. I spend most of my days running around doing errands, and I'm always amazed at how quickly 5:00 rolls around - time to start making dinner! Here's something quick and easy for these wintry evenings. (do you notice a theme in the recipes I post here?) You can toss this together in no time, it fills you up and is tasty, too! I don't measure - every time I make this I vary the recipe a bit. But I usually have these basic ingredients on hand, so I start with these:
Stuffed Bell Peppers
4 large bell peppers
1 small or 1/2 large chopped onion
1 lb ground beef or ground turkey
1 large can or jar, or 3 -4 cups homemade, tomato sauce (marinara)
garlic, herbs and seasoning of your choice
2 cups cooked rice
shredded cheese (optional - but is cheese ever really optional?!!!)

In olive oil over medium heat
brown 1lb ground beef or ground turkey with one small (or 1/2 large) chopped, browned onion. Cut off tops and core 4 large bell peppers. Steam or par boil till slightly soft (Or microwave with small amount of water for approx. 5 minutes). Place in oven proof pan.

Season meat/onion mixture with salt, pepper, oregano,garlic, basil or herbs of your choice. Mix with 1 cup homemade, canned or jar tomato sauce, and 1-2 cup(s) cooked rice. (I use brown rice).
Stuff mixture in bell peppers, top with more tomato sauce until it spills over and into the pan (I used one large can ready-made, plain tomato sauce- cause that's what I had on hand.) Sprinkle shredded cheese on top of peppers. (This is cheddar and Parmesan.)  Cover with foil.
Bake in 375 degree oven 44 - 60 minutes til hot and bubbly.

Serve with green salad and additional rice on the side, if desired.

Yummy, enjoy!
I served this with a spinach, walnut, red onion and goat cheese salad with honey-Dijon dressing.
(In this picture it looks drenched, but it wasn't!)
 This is a very a flavorful combo and filled everyone up, we didn't even need any additional rice or bread. Since my girls and I can usually eat only 1/2 a pepper each, we have leftovers for another night. I wrap the remaining pepper halves in an ovenproof dish with a little extra sauce, and pop it in the refrigerator, or the freezer. Excellent for those nights when I'm running tonight! I love making meals that serve double duty! What are your favorite, fall back recipes for cold winter nights?

Hey, take a second to leave me a comment, and have a wonderful weekend, everyone! Be sure to stop by Designs by Gollum,
and check out all the other wonderful recipes at Foodie Friday.
Until next time
Stuffed Bell Peppers on Foodista


susan said...

Heidi-I think I got to be #100!! I haven't had or made stuffed bell peppers in years! This is a food from my childhood--Thanks for the recipe and reminding me!

Ashley @ The Happy Little Home said...

Those look super delicious! Especially with the salad...what a great dinner!

vignette design said...

This looks soooo good. I think I can actually make this! And the salad looks great too. This is how I look to eat! --Delores

vignette design said...

PS: I'm now following you! Although I thought I already was! --Delores (your blog neighbor!)

Carrie said...

Yum! My mom used to make those when I lived at home. I might just have to try these sometime. The spinach salad looks delish as well.

Chris said...

I'm getting peppers today! Might even duplicate the spinach salad. Thanks for the inspiration!

Michael Lee West said...

The stuffed peppers look delicious. Love the addition of turkey!

Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

I love stuffed peppers and have used ground chicken or turkey in mine for years. Your recipe is different than mine, but variety is the spice of life and I want to try yours. I love swapping recipes on Friday, gets me out of that habit of always making everything the way I always have. Thanks for sharing.

Mary said...

Heidi, your peppers sound delicious. When my children were at home we had this often. I'd make trays of them to freeze during the summer when peppers were cheap and pull them out on winter nights for a quick meal. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us. Have a wonderful Foodie Friday.

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

I'll have to give this a try. Hubby has been wanting to make stuffed peppers. Thanks for sharing.

Melissa Peterman said...

Found your green pepper recipe linked from Foodista. Yours looks mouthwatering!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Those look so good. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
Have a great weekend.

Anonymous said...

Hello, this is your youngest daughter! I was looking at your blog and came across last week's meal. Now I am craving the stuffed bell-peppers again! Yum that was good :)