Thursday, October 1, 2009

~Stuffed Peppers~


These are so much better then they sound. I couldnt believe how yummy they were and they are so healthy too.

8 medium red, yellow, or orange bell peppers but i used green anyway cuz im bad like that...
1/2 –inch trimmed off tops, stemmed, and seeded
1 cup long-grain white rice but i used brown, uncooked
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
3 medium garlic cloves, minced
1 14.5-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 15.5-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
1 cup frozen or fresh corn (if frozen, make sure to thaw)
1 cup 2% shredded cheddar or pepper Jack cheese
¼ cup cilantro, chopped
Fresh ground black pepper

1) Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and preheat your oven to 350F.
2) Bring 4 quarts water to a boil in a large pot. Add 1 tablespoon salt and bell peppers, and cook for three minutes. Remove peppers from water, drain, and place cut-side-up on paper towels. Bring water back up to a boil, and add rice. Cook for 13 minutes, stirring occasionally, then drain and add to a large mixing bowl.
3) Meanwhile, in a large, nonstick saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add onion and jalapeno, cover, and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. (Onion should be soft at end.) Add garlic and cook for another 30 seconds, until just fragrant. Add black beans, tomatoes, and corn, and heat through, 2 minutes. When finished, pour mixture into the bowl with the rice.
4) Add cheese, cilantro, and salt and pepper to taste to the bowl. Mix throroughly.5) Carefully and loosely stuff each pepper until filling is even or slightly over the top of the rim. Place peppers cut-side up in a baking dish (not too crowded together), and bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until filling is hot.

Approximate Calories, Fat, Fiber, and Price Per Serving320 calories, 4.7 g fat, 6.6 g fiber, $1.57

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