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A Year of Slow Cooking

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe

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... 

The Ingredients.
serves 6

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

The Directions.

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.

The Verdict.

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!!
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19 comments:

Amie said...

congrats to you!! and I love bell peppers, growing them in my garden as we speak. (grow little seedlings, grow!)

Natasha said...

What a great picture, these look so good we're going to have them for dinner tonight!

p.s. I made your stuffed artichokes last night, thank you for teaching me the real way to cook artichokes: in the slow cooker! They are no longer a vegetable I love at restaurants but never get right at home! Thank you!

SaraK said...

Mmmm....this looks and sounds super yummy! I may add some soy crumbles to the stuffing, as well. Thank you!

Mrs.Brewer said...

how do i follow your amazing blog? i can't find the follow button =(

Anonymous said...

I realize you will probably delete this comment, but I respect you as a writer and wanted to comment about Smithfield. Are you aware that this company has a long and documented history of animal abuse and very poor employee work conditions? Oh, my dear - rethink this avenue of income and take the higher ground!

Stephanie O'Dea said...

Mrs Brewer, there is a 'subscribe' button in yellow under the header that should help you!

anon, no, I don't delete comments unless they are blatantly self-promoting or mean (so far not many of those, knock-wood!).

I haven't looked into the politics surrounding this particular company, and thanks to your comments, I now will. Thank you! I have a signed contract, though, and will fulfill my duties.

I don't know much about food/meat manufacturing, and would like to learn more.
My curiosity was piqued a year ago when I read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, and then I kind of dropped the whole thing due to life and being pregnant and tired.
It sounds like a cop-out, I know, but that's truly what happened.

thank you for the food for thought!

Lindsey said...

I live very close to Smithfield. Yes, THAT Smithfield, home of pork. Nice little town. Unfortunate when you get stuck behind a pig truck on the road- not so good smelling- and we once made the mistake of trying to take the kids to a playground near the plant. Not a nice smelling part of town. (No clue why there's a playground there).

It's a nice town though with nice people. I don't know much about the plant, etc. itself. But good luck!

Youthful One said...

This is almost identical to my recipe for the same! I've made it for years, and my family loves it.

The first time I made it though, I had to do a few substitutions. These I recommend to you now:
For a "Mexi" version -
Sub salsa for the pasta sauce and pepper-jack cheese for the cheddar. You could also throw in a can of green chilies instead of the salsa/pasta sauce.

Somehow I *always* end up with extra filling which makes a great burrito stuffing the next day. :)

danasfoodforthought said...

These sound so super tasty.... this would make a great lunch to bring to work!

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

I love stuffed peppers! My family are freaks though and always just tell me, "why do you go through the work of putting all the stuff IN the peppers, just chuck it all in a casserole". Ugh! Apparenly, they aren't into appearance! I LOVE them!

Laura said...

One way to learn more about agriculture is to check out choose2choose. Its from Iowa and has farmers, nutritionists, and researchers. You can learn about the farmers and ask questions. There are also a number of farmers blogging on blogger.

redkathy said...

Love the pepper! Checking out your new gig too, congrats on that!

~Alissa said...

I too always sign the Announcements song to myself when someone says they have an announcements. Girls Scout to the death!! Too bad I had all boys...

Amber said...

Yum! Stuffed peppers are one of my favorites. I look forward to trying this version. At our farmers' market, a few farmers will bag up whatever they haven't sold at the end of the market and sell the whole bag for just $3. That's when I make stuffed peppers. Great idea!

9kids said...

These are great! I am vegetarian, hubby not, and 6yo son is a picky eater. My son asked me to leave the rice out of his, which was very easy to do :) Everyone liked these, and we plan to put them on our regular menu rotation.

As Good As Gluten said...

I had this for dinner tonight! It is SO good, I scarfed down 2 myself! http://asgoodasgluten.blogspot.com/2010/12/slow-cooker-vegetarian-stuffed-bell.html

Stephanie said...

These are soooo delicious! I prepped them on Sunday night and cooked them yesterday, and my apartment smelled incredible when I got home. They're so tasty :) Thanks for a great recipe!

Jeri said...

It's just so hot in NY, I am trying to cook as much as possible in slow cooker, rice cooker and micro. I would never have thought of stuffed peppers. I made some substitutions: didn't have corn, but I had some zucchini and chopped tomatoes, plus I had a little end of turkey meatloaf, so why not? And some basil that was getting a little tired. I threw a dried chipotle and some garlic cloves in the water...the aroma was amazine. I see a lot of variations on this recipe coming this summer. Thanks.

Holly said...

I've had this on a pinterest for a while then decided to do it today with company coming. My stuffed peppers are cooking away in the pot now - looking forward to dinner. :)

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