One for my foodie readers (I know it’s been a lot of bike stuff lately, but that’s life!). Anyhow, I was beginning to despair of ever having peppers, and then, voila! Grocery bags full of gorgeous sweet peppers!
We also had a few large green bell peppers, which Matthew suggested stuffing. I made these based on [a vegetarian adaptation of] his grandmother’s recipe.*
In the interest of not reinventing the wheel, the recipe here is adapted from the stuffed zucchini recipe I shared earlier this summer. To make this recipe similar to Matthew’s grandmother’s recipe, simply use tomatoes for most of the veggies to make a nice amount of tomato sauce. Thicken the sauce with a couple tablespoons of flour, which you mix in with the sauteing onions and other veg before adding the tomatoes.
Recipe by Melissa
4-6 large bell peppers, any color
6 cloves garlic
1.5 c. uncooked grain (brown rice, quinoa, millet, farro)
1 c. cooked lentils or 1 8oz package of tempeh
4-8 c. vegetables of choice (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, kale or spinach, fennel)
fresh or dried herbs (thyme, oregano, parsley)
4-6 oz. cheese, cut into small cubes (I used Havarti and Gruyere)
olive oil and/or butter
salt and pepper
1. Prep the peppers: cut off the tops, and scoop out the seeds. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Parboil the squash for 1-2 minutes (it doesn’t take long with these guys), until slightly tender. Drain well.
2. Prep the grain. To up the flavor, add a bit of salt, plus some onion powder and a pinch of tumeric to this step. If you want to conserve water and energy, use some of the already-heated water from step 1 to cook the grain.
3. Prep the veggies: You want everything fairly tender and ready to eat. Chop everything into bite-sized pieces. Sauté onions, then add other veggies to sauté. I used a mix of butter and olive oil, plus about 1/2 t. of salt. If you’re using tomatoes, you can just throw the chopped, uncooked tomatoes into the filling, or cook them down into more of a sauce.
4. Prep the tempeh, if using: I basically followed the method I use to prep tempeh for vegetarian reubens, except I crumbled it up first, instead of leaving it in a slab.
5. Combine it all: In one large pan or bowl (one of the ones that’s already dirty is fine, if it’s big enough), combine everything from steps 1-4. Toss in any herbs. Taste for overall salt and flavor level, and adjust as needed.
6. Stuff it and bake it: Preheat [toaster oven] to 400F. Arrange peppers, open side up, in a baking pan (for four peppers, a bread pan worked well, and allowed me to use the toaster oven). Sprinkle halves with salt. Add the stuffing. Bake for 15-20 minutes — long enough for cheese to get melty and flavors to meld a bit.