Tonight as I was preparing one of my favorite meals, I thought, "I should definitely share this with the 2 Kids Cooking family and friends!" Just another one of those fantastic recipes that anyone can customize and tweak to their own liking….awesome! What is this exciting idea? I think it is the most creative way to use veggies and leftovers: Stuffed Peppers!! Or tomatoes or anything else you can "stuff"!
Here are the ingredients that I used, but please do use anything that tickles your fancy!
3 bell peppers in various colors, sliced in half lengthwise and cored
1 package of six sausages (any flavour, like chorizo)
1 can black beans or any bean of your choice (garbanzo, kidney, etc)
1 onion chopped
1 small sweet potato peeled and cubed
1 tsp cumin (or more, if you like)
2 tsp chili powder (to your taste)
1 cup of salsa or chopped tomatoes
2 cups grated cheese of your choice (I used goat cheese because I LOVE it)
1 avocado, peeled and diced
freshly chopped cilantro (if you like it)
sour cream or plain yogurt for topping
I put my bell peppers in a glass baking dish, ready to be filled, and went to work. I got out my big frying pan and added a little butter and added the onion and sausage. If you don’t eat meat or pork, just add another delicious legume or bean to the mix! After about 10 minutes I added the sweet potato, black beans, spices and salsa and cooked it all together for about 10 more minutes. Then I filled my peppers with the filling, any excess was piled on top and around the edges. I baked them for 45 minutes at 375 degrees. When the peppers were done I added the cheese on top so it would melt nicely. I added chopped avocado, cilantro and sour cream and…yumm!
So there you have it, stuffed peppers! You can add whatever you want and you can top your pepper with anything…like more cheese or salsa! It is one of those meals that can please any diet, too. Vegetarian or not, we’ve got it covered here. As I stated in the beginning, you can stuff just about anything. Tomatoes and zucchini can be stuffed full of goodness, too! Get in the kitchen and see what you can find to create your own stuffed cuisine!! I can’t wait to hear about it!
Happy Family Cooking,