Friday, April 23, 2010

By Popular Demand

Today you get to find out who the Earth Day Green Weeks Challenge winners are!

Actually, I'm lying. That's tomorrow, but thanks for stopping by! To reward you, and because I got so many emails and comments asking for it, stuffed peppers, it is!

Now, I don't have the exact recipe. I asked the boyfriend if he would jot it down for his stuffed-pepper-fans but he said he really didn't remember it. So, instead, I'm going to list ingredients that were used and you just get to add the amounts that suit you. Because really, isn't cooking all about trial and error and just playing around?

Boyfriend's Sustainable Stuffed Peppers
Use all organic items to make this meal Earth friendly and body friendly.
  • Yellow, red, or green bell peppers
  • Brown rice, quinoa, or other grain, cooked
  • White onions, diced
  • Mushrooms, *diced into small squares
  • Green onions, sliced
  • Chickpeas
  • Cilantro, roughly chopped
  • Tomatoes, fresh and diced, or canned
  • Salt and pepper
  • Italian herb seasoning OR equal parts of dried parsley, oregano, marjoram, basil, rosemary, thyme
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Garlic (may or may not have been present)
*To easily dice mushrooms, use an egg slicer, slicing the mushrooms one way, and then the other. Makes perfect dice sizes every time!

Sautee onions and mushrooms in a pan with olive oil until soft. Add green onions, one extra bell pepper, chopped, all spices, rice, garlic and chickpeas, and heat for another few minutes.
While the rice, chickpea mixture is heating, take each bell pepper and slice the top off, keeping an inch or two to act as a lid (as pictured above). Scoop out of the innards and set aside. 
When the rice mixture is finished cooking, add in the cilantro and tomatoes. Now is time to stuff the peppers (full, full, full) and top with it's 'lid.'
Bake the peppers, sitting upright, in a 375 degree oven for 30-45 minutes. Top with goat cheese, below, or eat as is!
Alternate endings may include chicken or beef (organic and grass fed) in the rice mixture, bread crumbs (as the boyfriend likes it), and/or other cheese stuffed in with the rice mixture.

Hmmmm... do you like how I call my boyfriend just boyfriend? Should I write, instead, his name? Sascha. Or Chef, since he's the best cook I know? Or I could call him Fishy-Poo, which I do use to address him on occasion. But we'll just keep that last one our little secret.

Big thanks to everyone who participated in the Green Weeks Challenge!!!
(and taken directly off of Miss Katie's blog, because, well, she did a great job at tallying points...)
Bitt, Hilary, Averie, Ashlei, The Twins, Me-linh, Matt, Karissa, Kady, Katrina, Shannonmarie, SaRaw, Alisa, Gabi, and Melissa! I’m tallying the points today, and will post the winners of the awesome prizes tomorrow! If you participated, and you don’t see your name, email me ASAP!

And Melissa blogged about Green Week Challenges here and here, but I was a little slow at posting her info!

8 running thoughts:

Melissa said...

Hey Lori! Thank you for the link love:) Also, thanks for the stuffed pepper recipe..mmm. Can't wait to see who the winners are!

Tricia said...

yum!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

GREAT recipe, love it, Lori!!

And the green week winners, i admit, i am super excited to see who won. Not for any other reason than b/c i am super nosey..haha!

And i loved that you SHOUTED my blog name today in the comments...too cute!

Katie said...

I ask myself: Why have I never stuffed a pepper?
I answer: I'm lazy.

You make it look so easy. I guess it is when boyfriend makes it, huh? :P

Sweet and Savory said...

Thanks for the stuffed pepper recipe! Okay, so I'm not a huge fan of biting into a huge piece of pepper...(I know)...but if it is diced up, I can tolerate. So, I'm wondering if I could mix this up as a casserole instead? Just chop up the peppers to put in the rice mixture and bake? What do you think?

Sascha said...

Sweet- my boyfriend mention get soft and sweet when baked so you may like them. But the casserole idea sounds really really good too! I think it may be even better! More crunchy on top- which I prefer.

Sascha said...

Oops I'm on my iPhone posting the comment and I guess I'm logged in on my bf's gmail- so today Sascha = lori's comment

Pure2raw twins said...

Oh yum thank you for sharing...cannot wait to make this!

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