Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Easy Cheesy Black Bean Stuffed Peppers

Garden season is an excellent time to experiment with different vegetable recipes. The supply of vegetables are abundant in gardens and farmers markets, and a light vegetable entree is perfect for a summer night. I made this recipe for my kiddos not to long ago and they LOVED it the bright colorful peppers were fun for my boys, and they were excited to pick out their own colored pepper. Not only that, but it tastes great so they had fun eating them and I didn't have a hard time getting them to finish their plates.

I try to prepare my family's meals around a vegetable rather than just using it as a side to reduce how much meat we eat. We are in no way vegetarians, but I feel fruits and vegetables are the most necessary component to a meal, and they offer the most vitamins and minerals that we all need to fight off sickness and keep our minds sharp.

To make these colorful beauties I first mixed the following ingredients in a medium sized bowl while cooking 1/2 cup of white rice....

  • 1 can of organic black beans
  • 1 can of sweet corn
  • 1 large diced tomato
  • 1 small diced red onion
  • 1 small bunch of chopped fresh cilantro
  • salt, pepper, garlic to taste

After I had the ingredients mixed I set aside a portion of the mixture and saved it as a fresh salsa to snack on with blue organic corn chips. This makes quite a delicious appetizer to bring to a summer cookout too if you wanted you could stop the recipe here.

To finish the pepper recipe...

  • slice the tops off three peppers and hollow them out.
  • once your rice is ready combine it with your vegetable mixture
  • fill your peppers with the mixture
  • place the tops and bottoms on a baking sheet filled with a half inch of water
  • top with your choice of cheese ( I used a cheddar because that is what we had)
  • place the pan in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for about 1 hour
  • once they are ready place the tops on the peppers and serve.

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