Today is my very first Guest blogger post! Woot! And I am pleased to introduce you to Mandy at The Domestication Chronicles! Mandy is kind of new to blogging so I hope all of you will welcome her with open arms and visit her blog. Don’t forget to leave her a comment!
Take it away Mandy…………
Hello Everybody! I am so pleased to be guest blogging today for The Thrifty Groove! My name is Mandy and I am a super-new-to-this blogger over at The Domestication Chronicles, where I get to share fun tips, crafts and recipes with you. Thanks for joining me today!
Hubby had a request for dinner. This doesn’t happen often, so I’m pretty excited about it! He asked for stuffed bell peppers. Can you even believe that? My carnivore husband requested a meal that actually involves a vegetable! Such a shocker. And it’s a very low cost dinner, considering you likely have most of the ingredients on hand.
I hope you are lucky enough to be in an area to have a farmer’s market. It’s one of my favorite places to shop for groceries. I love that I am able to support my local economy, my local farmers, and have the freshest produce available. I was able to get some early locally grown red and green bells at our Saturday morning market. They are so fresh and flavorful, and generally end up being cheaper than the ones I can buy at a grocery store, which have been shipped in from parts unknown. Beautiful!
I know lots of recipes for stuffed peppers call for rice as a filler. Hubby doesn’t much care for the rice, so I made up my own recipe. I prefer to use whatever I have in the cupboard. It might be oatmeal, cracker crumbs, bread crumbs or crunched up cereals (as long as it’s not a sweet cereal. I doubt Fruity Pebbles would make for good peppers!), any kind of dry filler will work. Add in some hamburger or sausage, onion, tomato sauce of some kind, an egg and assorted herbs and seasonings and you’ve got… meatloaf! No, but it’s a lot the same as my meatloaf, just cooked in a bell pepper.
To have your peppers sit up nicely in your pan, you can slice off a small portion of the bottoms. I also like to cook them in loaf pans. The high sides keep the peppers straight and keep any cooking juices in close contact with the peppers. My family likes them topped with a little ketchup and cheddar cheese, I like parmesan cheese. That’s what is so great about cooking at home – I can adapt my recipes for what I have available and tailor it to each person so easily. Have fun and experiment with different flavors.
These are great served up next to some mashed potatoes and a green salad. Even the kids enjoy them!
Stuffed Bell Peppers
1lb ground meat
1 cup bread crumbs (or oatmeal, cracker, cereal, etc.)
1 can tomato soup (I have also used tomato sauce, spaghetti sauce or ketchup. Use what you have)
1 large onion, diced
Garlic Powder, Salt and Pepper, to taste
Any herbs or seasonings you like. (Go crazy with it! Nothing in my spice rack is off limits!)
4 to 6 large bell peppers, any color
Cut just the tops off the bell peppers and remove seeds. Save tops to cover the peppers for cooking. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil on the inside of the peppers and lightly sprinkle with salt.
Mix all other ingredients in a large bowl until combined. Place bell peppers upright in a baking dish and fill peppers to top with hamburger mixture(I like to over-fill them a bit and sprinkle with parmesan cheese). Place tops back on peppers and bake at 350 for 40 to 50 minutes, or until hamburger is thoroughly cooked.