Instead, I'll just let this photo speak for itself!
From my experience, it seems like bell peppers are usually stuffed with some combination of rice, meat, and/or beans. Rarely have I seen a recipe that stuffs them with the bounty of summer produce. Well, wait no longer, because that recipe is here! I decided to stuff my big, beautiful, bell peppers with summer's best: kale, carrots; and of course, a little cheese. The result was spectacularly light, flavorful, and a perfect way to round out your dinner plate!
Vegetable Stuffed Bell Peppers
1 green bell pepper, cut in half with core and seeds removed
1 large stem of kale, torn into bite-size pieces
1 medium carrot, shredded
2 garlic cloves, minced
2oz. shredded mozzarella (or Daiya cheese), divided in half
1T nutritional yeast
large pinch of salt
small pinch of pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Mix the kale, carrot, garlic, half of the mozzarella, yeast, lemonjuice, salt, and pepper together in a small mixing bowl.
- Spoon the vegetable mixture into the bell pepper halves, and pack tightly.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and place the remaining 1oz. of mozzarella on top of the bell peppers (1/2oz. over each pepper).
- Broil on high for 5 minutes.
- Cool for 3-5 minutes.
- For a balanced dinner, serve alongside your protein and carbohydrate of choice.
As you can see in all of these pictures, I served our stuffed beauties alongside "Rosemary and Thyme Roasted New Potatoes" and ground turkey (for Bo, of course...I had tofu!). To make the potatoes, simply:
- quarter 8-10 small new potatoes;
- toss them in 1-2T EVOO, 1tsp dried rosemary, and 1/2 tsp thyme;
- roast at 400 degrees for 30 minutes; and
- WA-LA(!) you're done!
Truth be told, I hesitate to even call that a recipe because it is SO. simple. Call it what you will; but give it a try. Those new potatoes were exceptionally good...especially alongside the veggie-rific stuffed bell peppers!
I'm loving the natural light that was flooding in through our breakfast nook window! Even without my cameras flash, I feel like I was able to capture the texture and color of the peppers. It takes some planning to cook - and photograph - my recipes while the sun is still high in the sky (believe it or not, I cooked this dinner at 2:00 in the afternoon just so that I could get some good pictures), but I think it is worth it!
Next up - I just discovered a traditional Middle Eastern snack that I have been loving for breakfast (and snacks!) lately. It's simple, easy, delicious, and uses ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. Need to liven up your snack routine? Well check back tomorrow for this unique new menu item!
Question of the Day:
What is your favorite "stuffed" food?! It can be anything from cannoli to manicotti to an omelet; but whatever it is, tell me all about it in the "Comment" section below!
Ally and Bo