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Stuffed What? Peppers or Squash

Updated on January 28, 2012

Dinner is served

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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.

Sprouted Beans

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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?

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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

water................................3 cups

red onion (optional)........1/2

mediummushrooms.....................5-6

largecarrot................................1 small

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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


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    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      6 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      bluebird Thank you for the comment...I did not sprout these but wish you luck...I wrote a recipe for a great soup a few weeks ago.."Chicken Italian soup"...:O) Hugs G-Ma

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      bluebird 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for the good recipe idea. It sounds tasty and looks good. I like sprouting too so that would be a good one to make. I'm always experimenting and trying to watch the budget, there are many ways to make soup. You got any good recipes for soup you might wanna share?

      Thanks G-Ma for being here for us all, you're a great cook and a great lady!!!

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      6 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      bri36....YAAAAAY...Gee thanks for letting me know...:O) Hugs G-Ma

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      bri36 

      6 years ago

      This is some great stuff here! Made it last night and there wasn't any leftover so I am thinking I got a winner here and that is saying something at this house. Thanks G-Ma Johnson you dear lady made my day.

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      6 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      bri36..Thanks a bunch and do let me know...I am just hoping I didn't forget anything...LOL is always a worry...:O) Hugs G-Ma

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      bri36 

      6 years ago

      Yes this is a great hub with lots of stuff I haven't tried yet but thanks to you G-Ma I am setting up right now to make these stuffed peppers. let you know how it turns out. Yes I voted^

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      6 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Whiskyfan..Thanks for the comment and I agree...but I admit I still enjoy fatty foods...like real butter, real ice cream, OMG Bacon of course, but all in "moderation" LOL...:O) Hugs G-Ma

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      Whiskyfan 

      6 years ago

      Looks like a good recipe to me. Fits in with our new low fat but tasty lifestyle.

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      6 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Lawrence Da-vid...Thanks for the comment...and yes I do the same things and used to can but too much work for one anymore...since I can no longer climb ladders to pick the fruits I have here.

      I am fortunate though because here where I live there are like 5-6 organic farmers, so I can safely buy what I need and that way I can have a bigger selection...:O) Hugs G-Ma

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      Lawrence Da-vid 

      6 years ago

      G-Ma Johnson! I have been cooking for myself for quite a while....even though "house boss" is home all the time and used to cook. My hub out there somewhere gives insight about my defensive cooking for one. My cooking kills people like me because of the high cholesterol content, while "house boss" cooks bland, unseasoned, no fat, and barely unrecognizable as food....things that our shepherd won't eat. My utilization of left overs, I cook "big" and plentiful. I also freeze quite a lot. At one time I used to can things.....Never ate what I canned because of potential death....but it was a good thought at the time.;

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      6 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Jackie Lynnley / Thanks for commenting and i am a fan of leftovers till they are gone...:O) I love to cook...:O) Hugs G-Ma

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      It is hard to cut down after cooking for more, but it leaves left-overs which I do not mind at all. lol I am just starting to grow my own bean sprouts so I will try this, looks so good, thanks for sharing!

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