How to: Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers is a dish I make once a year. Once a year when I have peppers coming out of the wazoo because I can't keep up with the shipments from our CSA. I like peppers. I don't love them so it's hard for me to use them up quickly. I do love this dish. I feel it's a great "all in one" dish that has veggies, a meat protein, and a grain all tied together. My hubby doesn't think this is a full meal so he is always a little disappointed that this is all I make. Oh well, just eat two if you are still hungry. Hehe...

Work in progress! Filling the peppers and waiting to top them with sauce and cheese!

Stuffed Peppers is also a good "clean out the cupboards" recipe. It's made of things people typically have on hand so it's great to throw together in a pinch. Most recipes call for Italian seasoning. I don't keep it on hand so I improvised my recipe this evening. And now looking at the recipe I used as a template, I forgot an ingredient altogether! Whoops!!! Well, do as I say, not as I do, ok??

Here is my version of the recipe. I have little measurements as I just started throwing it all together. Most recipes have you do things separately but I didn't want to dirty so many dishes so once the hamburger was browned, it all went into the pan to mix!

6 peppers-cleaned and hollowed out
Parmesan cheese-shredded
1 lb hamburger
1/4 chopped onion
1/4 chopped pepper
garlic salt
whole grain rice (I used a boil-in-bag serving and it was perfect)
jar of marinara sauce (I used Romano parmesan flavor)
garlic powder
1 T Worcestershire sauce (my missing ingredient! oops)

Preheat oven to 350. Hollow out peppers and place in a baking dish. If they don't stand up, cut a little bit of the bottoms off to level out. Cook rice as directed. While rice is cooking, brown hamburger.  I browned the hamburger with the chopped onion and pepper. I added some garlic salt and pepper. I added the oregano, basil, thyme, and garlic powder. Nothing has measurements as I just dumped! I could have been a bit more generous to give it more flavor. Don't forget the Worcestershire sauce! Once all is combined, add 1.25 cups of the marinara sauce, setting the rest of the sauce aside. Mix in the cooked rice so you have one big mixture to fill up your peppers! Scoop mixture into peppers. Top with sauce (we like them saucy!). Top with Parmesan cheese! Bake at 350 for 1 hour.

The finished product! I thought they were delish! My cheese wasn't very melty because I didn't put it on until late!

Like I said, I like peppers, I don't love them, but this dish I could eat frequently! It's so easy to make and I love how it uses up produce before it goes bad! The best part about making things from scratch is that YOU control the quality of ingredients that you use. It's awesome to know exactly what you are eating!

What are some of your easy and quick go-to family dinners?