Stuffed Bell Peppers

Taco Style!

Any recipe that gives me different options and can be made all at once or prepped ahead of time is fabulous, and these stuffed bell peppers are delicious. I’ve made a few stuffed bell peppers in the past and I think I’ve finally hit the mark with these ones. I’ll even add some other variations to the stuffed bell peppers so you can see how adaptable it is, and will help clean out your pantry if need be.

Assemble all your ingredients, also known in French as “mise en place”. It’s the way of having all the things you need to make you dish handy and ready to go. It’s one of my favorite things I learned in culinary school. (You’ll be really sorry when you go to make cookies and find out you’re out of eggs.)

Sorry, I quickly snapped a picture of the ingredients below and realized I left a few out. I started with 1 pound of ground beef, 1 cup (uncooked) quinoa, fire roasted tomatoes, 4 bell peppers, a small can of tomato sauce, medium cheddar cheese, and taco seasoning.

Today, I browned the beef (seasoned with taco seasoning) and made the quinoa ahead of time. I mixed together all the ground beef, half of the quinoa, about 1 cup of cheese, and tomatoes and tomato sauce. I sliced off the top of 4 bell peppers, but this recipe could easily make 6. (Now I’ve got a great salad or can add it to some greens.) Remove the seeds and microwave each one for 45 seconds. (I think my peppers were smaller than usual. Also I recommend using peppers with four legs to stand on instead of three. If they are a bit wobbly, cut a little off the bottom so they stand up well.)

Add the filling to each pepper, being sure to pack it in and not over fill it. Top it with a bit of cheese and place them on a cookie sheet or a pie plate will work as well. Pop it in the oven for about an hour until heated through.

Add your favorite taco toppings and serve hot. I love sour cream, so I stuck with that, but these would be great with hot sauce or salsa, green onions, or even ranch. You could call it a complete meal as it is, or add a nice side salad.

Variations

You know I love options, so these stuffed bell peppers are great for people who need flexibility or just want to change up their flavors.

  • I used fire-roasted tomatoes because the flavor gives it a great punch, but you could leave it out and just add more tomato sauce or use diced tomatoes.
  • You could sub in black beans, white rice, or brown rice for the quinoa. I thought about adding in black beans too, but thought I’d keep it simple.
  • Try making it Italian instead of Mexican and instead of taco seasoning, use Italian seasoning and basil tomatoes or marinara sauce. Use mozzarella instead of cheddar and top with parmesan. Or go all crazy and use Italian flavored sausage instead of ground beef.
  • Use different colored bell peppers or just slice them in the other direction. There is no one right color or cut.
  • Go vegetarian with beans, tofu, and other grains.
  • Go Keto-friends with less grains.
  • Try other meats like turkey, pork, sausage, or add in dimensional protein flavors like bacon or pancetta.

This recipe is great for modifying for different dietary needs, and will be added to my recipe box for future meal ideas. Check out my other post on meal planning for more information.

From Wait to Wait

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From Wait to Wait We’ve been waiting to adopt for quite awhile. While there have been highs and lows during the wait, many travels, and many adventures, we kept wishing we would get a call telling us a baby was on the way and to come as fast as we can. Waiting is hard when it lasts that long. It is so easy to let things slide, not be quite as ready, and become comfortable living in that state of waiting. It can also be stressful, as knowing we need to be available all the time was bit taxing. I stress about having my phone nearby, and the idea being “on call” all the time. So while the wait is good, the wait can be hard for each person.🍃 When that wait changes to a different wait, a wait that has more of a deadline there is more of a sense of urgency. It’s more of a inevitable than that unknown wait. Sure, it will come with it’s own stresses, but the excitement rises. There is also the cautious optimism that sets in and the unknown territory of the adoption process that we just haven’t experienced yet is looming in front of us. There is also the comfort that answered prayers give reminding us again that God is active and he does not forget us.🍃 As a couple, we have made the move to the new wait. We don’t know exactly how long the wait will be, as babies are all unpredictable and may be born early or late. But there is hope that a baby will be home with us before the end of the year. We are excited and cautious and our hearts are growing for not only the baby but also the mother. This new wait is stretching us and teaching us about things we wouldn’t have experienced otherwise, and I’m so grateful to God to all that he has provided for us and the journey of adoption that we are on.🍃 #adoptionwait #fromwaittowait #adoption #gracewithgladness

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For the Beauty of the Earth

So much beauty all around us and all the glory belongs to our creator and Father. He is Lord of all. One of my favorite hymns For the Beauty of The Earth sings praises to our Lord about the joy we find here on earth. • For the beauty of the earth, for the glory of the skies, for the love which from our birth over and around us lies; Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise. • For the beauty of each hour of the day and of the night, hill and vale, and tree and flower, sun and moon, and stars of light; Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise. • For the joy of ear and eye, for the heart and mind's delight, for the mystic harmony, linking sense to sound and sight; Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise. • For the joy of human love, brother, sister, parent, child, friends on earth and friends above, for all gentle thoughts and mild; Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise. • For thy church, that evermore lifteth holy hands above, offering up on every shore her pure sacrifice of love; Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise. • For thyself, best Gift Divine, to the world so freely given, for that great, great love of thine, peace on earth, and joy in heaven: Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.

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