Monday, July 27, 2015

Create Your Own Stuffed Pepper Bar



These days it seems that more and more people have particular eating restrictions, so in deciding what to make for a small get together of two friends, one being gluten free and dairy free, the other having more of a free dietary life much like my own, but keeping healthy on my mind, I thought why not stuffed peppers.

After a quick pinterest/google of different recipes, it seemed that recipes for stuffed peppers have a limitless variety of ingredients these days, and they all sound amazing. Especially the ones with Cheeeeeese. So, in true, can't make up my mind form, and in attempts to not make that decision for my guests. As well as to taking into account those dietary restrictions. I thought why not let each party decide what level of gluten, fat, calories, dairy or non dairy to add.

Stuffed Pepper Bar, Create your own!


 

Proteins included:
- Ground Turkey
- Turkey Sausage
- Black Beans
- Quinoa

Veges included:
- Red peppers
- Can of diced tomatoes
- Mild and hot Jalapenos (cut with seeds removed, cut with seeds included)
- Mushrooms
- Onion

Condiments:
- Sriracha
- Oil
- Salt and Pepper
- Soy Sauce

Directions for Peppers:
- Cut off the tops of each pepper leaving about 3/4 of the pepper
- Remove all the seeds and pulp
- Add to boiling water in pan
- Cover the pan and let them boil for 5 minutes
- Remove them and place them upside down on a paper towel, drain for 20-30 minutes



 

Prep for Cooking:
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
- Give each guest a bowl to spoon their mixture into
- Once they have picked out their ingredients, mix together with a spoon
- With a measuring cup add your guests specific mixture into one of the peppers
- Add Cheese on top if desired
- Place into baking dish as pictured below
- Cover with Tin foil
- Bake for 28-30 minutes
- Remove tin foil and bake for a few more minutes to let cheese melt, you can try changing the oven  to broil as well, for the cheesy top

 

 

Mental notes for the future and/or thoughts for you to take into account when creating your own Stuffed Peppers Bar:
-  Most stuffed pepper recipes have a cooked mixture from the oven top, that includes some sort of oil, good idea to introduce some kind of oil component to keep the mixture from getting to dry when baking. I sauteed the mushrooms and onion separately, with oil and salt and pepper.
- The rice component/ grain component, may be a necessary to keep the mixture from drying out as well, or more so of the bonding component for the ingredients.
- Don't over cook the meat!!



 *My camera is out of commission right now, so excuse the iPhone photos. 


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