March 12th, 2010

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Stuffed Red Peppers

I've been craving stuffed peppers like crazy for some reason -- peppers aren't really one of my favorite foods!  I dislike green peppers and I really only like roasted red peppers.  But, these stuffed peppers were fantastic!  I've been experimenting with sweet brown rice and thought it would be perfect for "stuffing" into something since it's sticky.  It was perfect for these peppers!

Before Sauce:
Topped with Sauce:
Right out of the oven:
I used 6 peppers and cut them in half and stuffed each half.  You can stuff the whole pepper if you'd like too.

I used:
sweet brown rice, cooked
fresh spinach
fresh garlic
mushrooms (I used baby bellas)
fresh dill/flat leaf parsley
nutritional yeast, optional
onion powder/garlic powder (I'm a garlic freak! LOL)
juice of 1/2 lemon
Tomato sauce to top peppers. 

I used a homemade marinara I made during the week.  You can sweeten it a little bit if you like with a little brown sugar.  You can also make a sweet and sour sauce by adding a little apple cider vinegar & brown sugar to the sauce and mix well.  In a pinch you can add ketchup to your tomato sauce for a sweet/tangy sauce.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Put a little oil or tomato sauce on bottom of pan so peppers won't stick.

Mix all of the above together and taste for seasoning.  Fill each pepper and arrange in pan.  Top with tomato sauce and cover with tin foil.  Bake for 30 minutes or until peppers are tender. 

Cooking up some gifts

Hey there!

Several folks in my life have written me some awesome recommendations for grad school and jobs and I'm looking to say thank you. I asked a friend what she did and she said she's making homemade fudge. I recently made some killer granola and thought about trying to make more and wrap it up pretty, but I'm wondering if that's not exciting/fancy enough. Then I thought maybe trying to do biscotti. But I'm not so sure since I've never done it.

So I turn to you brilliant people to help me find a great recipe for a homemade gift which:
-pleases omni people
-is portable and has a decent shelf life
-is relatively affordable
-something fancy like, but is in reality fairly simple.

I searched the tags and didn't find much, but if anyone thinks they've seen a helpful post that I've missed that would be great.