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Stuffed What? Peppers or Squash
Dinner is served
Being on a budget and alone one has to try learning new ways to cook and lately I have had fun experimenting. Mostly with what I have on hand. I know what foods I use a lot and always pick them up at the farmer's market, but have been in a sort of rut, hence the exciting new recipes I make up.
Having cooked for so many years for quite a bunch it takes time to learn to cut down.
Nutritious blend of quick cooking organic sprouted beans, which include lentils,adzudi (A small, dried, russet-colored bean with a sweet flavor.) and mung beans. A great combination that can be used in salads, soups or even side dishes.
Which one should I use?
Bake @ 350 degrees F
The side dish I decided on was actually both a butternut squash cut in half long ways and a orange bell pepper with the bottom, round part cut off, but the stem pulled off the top. The top is more balanced for cooking.
What You will need for stuffing:
Sprouted beans..............1 Cup
red onion (optional)........1/2
hot pepper (mild).............1 small
garlic.................................1 nice sized clove
salt & pepper to taste
Bake @ 350 degrees F for 30-45 minutes
3 beans yum
Cooking instructions for these 3 beans : Combine 1 cup of the beans and 3 cups of water in a medium saucepan. Bring this to a boil over medium heat then reduce to low, cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Then remove from the heat and place the cover on the saucepan and let stand for 10 minutes...Drain as needed and this is enough to serve 4 people with some seasonings added, your choice.
Veggies are a must
What I do is while the beans are sitting I cut up all the other things I want to mix with them and stuff into the Squash and pepper.
In the recipe I used red onion, carrot, mushrooms, a green pepper, garlic and some salt and pepper to taste.
You can sauté the veggies first or add them raw if you like a bit of crunch in the finished dish.
If you saute them don't cook them all the way because they will finish cooking when you bake , and this adds more flavor to the completed dish. (well in my opinion anyways).
Mix and stir
When everything is ready, I mixed in a bowl and had my tin foil ready. Stuff the pepper as much as it will hold, as well as the squash.
stuffed and ready to bake
Stuff the pepper as much as it will hold, as well as the squash.
If you want you can add a bit of butter on the top before closing. I wrapped mine in the foil and baked in my toaster oven for 35 minutes. Actually the squash could have cooked a bit longer, but was done enough for me.
hint: you could add cheese, bread crumbs, or even bacon on top...
Done at last
Next time I will start the squash first then add the bell pepper. I had these items on hand and wanted to experiment...:O) It was delicious and I will be doing this again. Hope you try it and enjoy . :O) Hugs G-Ma