Any Stuffed Pepper Lovers Out There?

lunch-meal-with-veggiesOne 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. egg-salad-sandwiches-and-sconesI 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! salad-with-fresh-fruitIt 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. stuffed-peppersOne 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:meatball-mixCombine 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. stuffing-peppersMix thoroughly and divide into four portions.  Wash four peppers,
cut off the tops and clean out the seeds from inside. caps-back-on-stuffed-peppers        Stuff the peppers with the hamburger mix and put the tops back on. baked-stuffed-peppers            Add 1/3 c. water. Bake in a  covered dish for 1.5 hours at 350°F.  fresh-vegetable-salad                        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