2 large bell peppers, sliced in half and emptied out
2 C of cooked grain of your choice (rice, quinoa, couscous, lentils, tempeh, etc.)
1/3 to 1/2 C fresh basil or other herb
1/2 C of diced onion
1 C of chopped tomatoes
1/4 C goat cheese
2 Tbs lemon juice
2 Tbs balsamic vinegar
2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
EXTRAS: toss in a small handful (1/4 C) of your favorite things like walnuts, capers, olives, sun dried tomatoes, anchovies.
Stuffing a bell pepper is so easy, stuff it with ANYTHING you want or have. This is a great dish for using leftovers.
Cut your bell peppers in half lengthwise. Take out the seeds and white
membrane–a spoon works well for this. Set the halves aside.
Get together all the stuffing ingredients and start throwing them into a bowl. You can substitute some of the grain with tofu, meat, wild rice, or Manoomin, which is mucho delicious! At Trader Joe’s this stuff is sold pre-cooked in a vacuum packed bag.
Mix it all up in a bowl, season it and taste it. Does it taste good? Could you eat this on its own? If you say YES then stuff the peppers! If you say no…play with the mix some more and get it tasting just right.
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Line up your pepper halves in some sort of a baking pan and stuff ‘em! Chuck them in the oven and let it ride for about 30 minutes. When a fork easily pierces the skin of a pepper they are done!