Stuffed Peppers

8 Sep

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How many of you are missing great spanish or mexican staples like rice and beans? My husband loves an old recipe I used to make for stuffed peppers with beans, corn, spanish rice, beef and cheese. Needless to say that recipe doesn’t fit into the paleo guidelines so here’s a new version that I hope will satisfy his craving.

2 lbs beef
6 red or green bell peppers
2 pints of diced mushrooms
3 stalks of diced celery
1 onion diced
1/2 head cauliflower diced
16 oz diced or crushed tomato
8 oz tomato sauce
3 Tbsp chili powder
2 Tbsp olive oil or bacon grease
2 tsp garlic
1 tsp onion powder
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Remove the tops of the bell peppers with a paring knife and take out the seeds just like carving a pumpkin. Put them in a large pot of boiling water for 10 minutes. While they cool start on the stuffing.

In a large skillet sauté mushrooms using 1 Tbsp oil or bacon grease. I like to use bacon grease if I have it left over because it’s free and delicious. Transfer mushrooms to your casserole dish. Brown ground beef in the same skillet with chili powder, 1 tsp garlic, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp black pepper. Leave in the skillet to cool.

Now to make a spanish rice substitute. Food process your cauliflower and onion until it is similar to the consistency of couscous or rice. Sprinkle with oregano, 1 tsp salt, and 1 tsp garlic. Cook this mixture on high in a skillet for 3 to 5 minutes to incorporate the flavor. (if any one has a better rice technique please share it! I also considered boiling.) After it has been cooked add the tomato paste and drained diced tomatoes, celery, and if you like you can dice the remaining tops of the peppers and add them as well. After you have stirred the mixture you can transfer it to the casserole dish along with the beef and mushrooms.

You should now have all of your ingredients in a casserole dish. Stuff each pepper with mixture and nestle your peppers into the remaining mixture or spoon the remaining mixture over the peppers. Cook for 1 hour on 350.

Notes: As a Mom I try to remember that not everything needs to be done at one time. I diced the vegetables while watching Trading Spouses. I food processed and boiled peppers in the morning while making breakfast. I cooked the beef and finished the recipe during nap time. I try to cook as much food at once as possible to save time. If we have too much we can always freeze some for lunches for the following week. I think I’m getting to the point where I need bigger cookware including a giant crockpot.

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