Look! It's another vegetarian (could easily be vegan) main course! Woo hoo!
and just to be inclusive the carnivores could easily throw in some meat when no one's looking...
6 bell peppers (your choice of colors)
1/2 cup prepared or premade pasta sauce
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (8-ounce ) can corn (there's a picture of a 16-ounce can; I only used half)
1 small onion, diced
2 cups cooked long grain rice
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/3 cup water
Use a 6-quart slow cooker. Cut the tops off of the peppers and remove the seeds and membranes from the inside of each. In a mixing bowl, combine the pasta sauce, beans, corn, onion, rice, spices, and cheese. Mix well to combine----it will be quite gloppy. Shove as much of this concoction as you can into each of your cored peppers. Carefully nestle the peppers into the pot. Pour 1/3 cup water around the pepper bases.
Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or on high for 3 to 4. The pepper will wilt a bit, but still be intact. Carefully remove them with serving spoons.
They're delicious! My kids were cranky from soccer practice (it's been super hot lately) and each ate a few bites just to be polite, but mostly filled up on quesadillas while we watched last week's Project Runway. Adam ate leftover sausage. My mom, grandma, and I all loved them though!
I have an announcement! (does anyone else get the "Announcement" song they sing at girl scouts stuck in their heads any time the word Announcement is announced?
one of the lines is: a horrible death to be talked to death, a horrible way to die.
a bit intense, huh?)
anyway. Will you do me a favor and click on over to the Smithfield.com site and say "hi?" I have accepted a freelance writing gig for the Smithfield pork company, and the introduction post just went live. I KNOW! I used to be allergic to pork, and am now getting paid to write about it. The irony is not lost, I promise.
life is something else, I tell you.
Happy Crocktober the 13th!!