Saturday, March 12, 2011

Stuffed Peppers

So we are on a budget and we are definitely trying our best to stick to it.  Today Rob had a craving for Stuffed Peppers.  We are a bit fuzzy on how Omama did it.  I just remember boiling alot of stuff.  I googled online for a recipe to follow and I found one on  I tweaked the flavor profile just a bit and also made big meatballs from the leftover mixture.

2 lbs ground beef
1 cup uncooked white rice
2 cups water
4 red bell peppers
1 24 oz regular spaghetti sauce
1 16 oz diced tomatoes
Thailand's Golden Mountain Seasoning Sauce (can be found in the Asian section if you don't have a local Asian store, can substitute regular Soy Sauce if you can't find it)
garlic powder
onion powder
Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1 large tomato (optional)
shredded cheese (optional)

1.  Preheat oven 350 degrees F

2.  Place the water and rice into a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover, and cook for 20 minutes.  Cook the ground beef in a skillet until browned.

3.  Remove the tops, seeds and membranes of the red peppers.

4.  In a bowl, mix ground beef, cooked rice, 2/3 of the spaghetti sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and a splash of Seasoning Sauce.  Stuff the mixture into each of the peppers and place into a baking dish.  Mix the rest of the spaghetti sauce with half a can of diced tomatoes and pour over the peppers.

5.  The kids do not like bell peppers so I make meatballs out of the mixture.  Just take the remaining meat mixture and mix with Italian seasoned bread crumbs.  I made about 9.  Put the meatballs in a baking dish and pour the rest of the the diced tomatoes on top.

6.  Thinly sliced the large tomato and garnish the peppers and meatballs.  (This is optional.)  Places both dishes in the over for an hour.  When your peppers are slightly tender, your Stuffed Peppers are finished.

7.  Sprinkle shredded cheese on top of everything.  The kids like almost every cheese but especially Colby/Monterey Jack.  Kids will eat any vegetable as long as its covered in cheese!

You can add about 4 or 5 more bell peppers if you don't want the meatballs.  Again, I make those because the kids do not like bell peppers.  Have fun and enjoy!


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