stuffed red peppers

Made these last night. I did add two sweet sausage to the recipe I would add more next time. Easy to do and froze the extras for later.

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/3 cups brown rice
  • 2-2/3 cups water
  • 11 ounces ground beef
  • 5/8 onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons chopped mushrooms, or to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 5/8 (26 ounce) jar tomato sauce
  • 5/8 (16 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 5/8 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 red bell peppers, tops and seeds removed
  • 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese, or to taste

Directions

  1. Bring brown rice and water to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, place a cover on the saucepan, and simmer until the rice is tender, about 40 minutes; transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Break ground beef into small pieces and place in the skillet. Add onion, mushrooms, and garlic; cook and stir until the beef is completely browned, 7 to 10 minutes. Mix beef mixture into brown rice.
  4. Stir tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and Italian seasoning into the rice mixture and season filling with salt and black pepper.
  5. Arrange bell peppers in a baking dish. Spoon filling into bell peppers.
  6. Bake in preheated oven until the peppers are tender, about 1 hour. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the stuffed peppers to serve.

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Home made pizza!

Tonite I made real live pizza with home made crust etc. Here is my crust recipe: Jay’s Pizza crust its not too hard… requires about one hour and twenty minutes of rising time. After that add your favorite sauce and ingredients… I used Rinaldi Tomato Basil sauce. And I added thinly sliced green bell pepper, tomato , onion, and sauted mild italian sausage. Delicious!

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Stew with Tomato Base

Ok another crock pot effort.

I put together a stew for tonight.. using a new base I discovered some time back.

Ingredients:

1 lb. stew meat (browned with Kosher salt,garlic powder,and little Johnny’s seasoning salt,Worcestershire sauce and a few drops of smoke flavoring)

6oz. of Goya Sofrito tomato cooking base

1 red potato (cubed to 1/4 inch)

1/3 each red /green peppers (diced to 1/4 inch)  

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3 oz. baby carrots (finely chopped)1/4 onion (finely chopped)

3 oz. baby Bok Choy (coarsely chopped)

4 0z. mushrooms (coarsely chopped)

7.5 oz. Green Giant sweet corn

4 cups Caldo de Tomate prepared

Very simple to do..

Brown meat and throw it along with all other ingredients into a crock pot and heat through.

easy pasta salad

Looking in our cupboard.. I noticed that we have lots and I mean lots of pasta. A craving for pasta salad came over me. We had tuna/ mac salad earlier this month chicken/mac last month so … I threw a few things together and came up with a very good combo.

500 grams 17.6 oz. pasta (I used an organic Gemelli from Costco. The reason for so much pasta)

1 cup Italian dressing

1 Tbs McCormick’s salad supreme seasoning

1/2 can olives (black)

1/2 red,yellow and orange bell peppers

1/4 onion

30 slices of dry italian salami

1/2 lb frozen california veggie medley (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots)

1 Tbs of garlic

Cook pasta as directed. drain,rinse and let cool

thaw the frozen medley

Chop all ingredients to your desired thickness.

mix italian dressing and salad seasoning in a bowl

toss all ingredients together and chill.

Serve alone or with lunch or dinner.. Or eat as an unconventional breakie. LOL 😀