Monday, December 5, 2011

Stuffy stuff!

   What can be better than one delicious thing stuffed with another delicious thing and covered with even more delicious things? No, I'm not talking about a turducken, which I'm sure is good, even though I never had it before. I am talking about delicious bell peppers filled with delicious stuffing and covered with even more delicious aged sharp cheddar cheese. It not only tastes great, resembling kind of polish golabki (stuffed cabbage), but it's also a perfect dish for a busy week because you can prepare as many peppers as you want and have a few lunches and dinners.

6-8 medium size bell peppers
2 cups of brown rice
1 lb ground turkey
1 cup of lentils
tomato sauce
shredded sharp cheddar

   Cook the rice together with lentils (both of them need at least 30-40 min to soften). Saute chopped onions, garlic, and ground turkey and mix it with the rice, tomato sauce, and chopped dill. It's already so good that all it needs is a little bit of salt and pepper to be just perfect. Cut the top of the bell peppers, clean the seeds from the inside, stuff them with the rice mixture, and cover with the cheese. Bake at 350F for 30 min.

   I usually roast the tops separately, without covering the peppers to let the cheese brown. All you need to do now is just stuff your face with it. And trust me, you won't be able to stop yourself. It's pretty much a guilt free dish. You can always skip the cheese if you are calorie conscious, but in my opinion it's not worth it. You will probably save 40-50 calories and lose hell lot of flavor, just think of cheese as a protein and calcium source.

Happy stuffing.

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