Bell peppers stuffed with awesome sauce!

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This would be very easy to paleo-fy. Just leave off the cheese! I’m allowing dairy back into my diet, because I don’t have an allergy! YAY!

 

Would you like to know something about me? As a kid I absolutely loathed green bell peppers. If they were in the room, cooked on a pizza or worst of all…stuffed with meat and rice, I would have a melt-down. “They stink! I hate them…they ruin everything!!” I would scream and cry….even then I was passionate about food. Needless to say I would never eat them.

I had a period of time when I was 18 where I quit eating pork, it was my pre-kosher phase. It was during this time that my best friend invited me over for family dinner, never one to turn down an offer for dinner, I accepted and when I arrived the house smelled wonderful! My taste buds were tantalized and I looked forward to whatever scrumptious dinner was being served. We sat at the table, laughing and socializing as only 18 year old girls can, and I asked the question, “What’s for dinner? It smells awesome!”

Beth replied, “Pork Chops.”

I realized at that moment I had two choices, eat the pork or admit that I no longer ate pork for semi-religious reasons. So, I very apologetically announced, “I am so sorry. I can’t eat pork chops.”

Beth, being the ever gracious hostess, apologized profusely. “That’s right. I’m so sorry, Kel. I forgot. I’ll make you something else for dinner.” She really was a best friend, and that moment made me feel really well loved.

When dinner was served, everyone was enjoying their porkchops and Beth presented me with my special personal plate. A garden fresh green bell pepper….stuffed with tuna salad. “I picked it from the garden!” she beamed. I nearly died, and I didn’t have the heart to tell her that I loathed green peppers, not after declining the pork chops. So I did what any burgeoning foodie would do. I ate it. Every last bite and it, and I complimented and thanked my chef, and you know what happened? I grew to love bell peppers.

The lesson here. Confront your food fears friends. You never know what untold joy lie in a freshly picked green bell pepper.

I will admit that I still prefer red peppers and that brings us to tonight’s creation: Bell Peppers Stuffed with Awesome Sauce!

You’re welcome.

Bell Peppers Stuffed with Awesome Sauce!

Awesome Sauce!

Awesome Sauce….grated zucchini, onion, grated carrot, garlic & baby kale wilted in olive oil with 2 tsp of mustard and 1/2 cup or so of tomato sauce….seasoned with s&p!

Olive oil

2 tsp dijon mustard

3 Bell Peppers, red, green, yellow or purple! Halved (length way)

1/2 onion finely diced

1 carrot grated

1 zucchini grated

2 cups baby kale or spinach

3-5 cloves of garlic chopped

1 lb ground pork (mine was italian spiced)

1/2 lb ground beef

1 egg

1/2 jar tomato sauce: I used Mezzetta Roasted Garlic and it was delicious!! It also has no junk in it! Normally I make my own sauce…but I was feeling lazy and this looked delicious!

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

20130128-211744.jpg1. In large saute pan heat 1T olive oil. Add onion and garlic and sweat for a few minutes.

2. Add zucchini, carrots and kale (or spinach). Cook for 5 minutes. Stir occasionally.

3. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add mustard. Add 1/2 cup of tomato sauce/pasta sauce.

4. Dump 1/2 of the AWESOME sauce into a bowl. Reserve the rest of the awesome sauce for plating! Add ground meats & 1 raw egg. Mix it all together until fully incorporated. I use my hands because I like the feeling of squishing meat! (I accept that I am a weirdo!)

5. Evenly distribute meaty goodness into halved stuffed peppers. Bake at 375 for approx 45 minutes, or until meat is done cooking (internal temperature of 160*).

6. Remove from oven, spoon tomato/pasta sauce on topof peppers and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake another 5-10 minutes, until cheese is melted.

7. Serve bell peppers on top of a little bed of Awesome Sauce.

xoxo

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Sauce from a jar….not normally, but this stuff is delicious! (Feel free to pay me for my endorsement!)

Kelly

 

 

 

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