One of the things I’ve noticed is that many young adults have never really learned to love cooking. Home economics classes are no longer routinely considered part of a well-rounded education, even in junior high, and unless your mothers were engaging culinary mentors or your father was a professional chef with a penchant for education, then you might not have learned the basics of cooking or discovered just how much fun it is to experiment with food. I started baking at three (cookies for my sweet tooth) and by ten was in charge of making dinner Monday through Friday because my mom taught school and I got home first. However, I didn’t fully appreciate the significance of cooking until I got married and noticed that Alan didn’t really like to leave home in the morning without knowing what he could look forward to for dinner that night! It made me laugh, but I started planning ahead, and I eventually enjoyed the challenge of trying to be creative on a low income and would work out menus based on whatever was on sale at the store that week. One of the cheapest meats was hamburger (although it’s gotten pretty pricey lately). In the course of trying to find 101 ways to use hamburger, I discovered stuffed peppers. They’re basically big meatballs stuffed inside bell peppers. Here’s how:Combine 1 pound hamburger, 1/2 cup bread crumbs, 2 eggs, 1 t. (teaspoon) Montreal Steak seasoning, 1/3 c. (cup) ketchup, 1/2 t. salt and 1/2 t. pepper. Mix thoroughly and divide into four portions. Wash four peppers,
cut off the tops and clean out the seeds from inside. Stuff the peppers with the hamburger mix and put the tops back on. Add 1/3 c. water. Bake in a covered dish for 1.5 hours at 350°F. Stuffed peppers go really well paired with a fresh tossed salad!
“The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down. The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season.” Psalm 145:14-15