Stuffing the Pepper
Wouldn't you like to be a pepper, too? – Television commercial for a soft drink beverage
When I was young, my Mom made stuffed peppers to fancy-up a dinner for company. I never once thought about how her great food got to the table as my only concern was eating quickly and dashing back outside to play. A few years later I was out on my own, learning that cooking was not as easy as I first thought - or I would not have made so many tough, burnt, and generally inedible meals. I assumed that stuffing peppers must be very advanced cookery or it wouldn't have been so rare a treat, and I did not brave stuffing a pepper until I was… well, quite a bit older.
When I finally did, I discovered was that it is really quite an easy thing to do - and that you are not obligated to stuff green bell peppers. All you have to do is choose the filling, mix it up, open the pepper of your choice, and stuff the filling in there. Depending on the filling, you can eat them raw, bake them, broil them, or grill them. What a remarkably creative recipe!
Capsicums are the genus that includes all the varieties of peppers. That’s one of the many things I learned after I opened my account at Calorie Count and made so many new friends from all over the world. Apparently there is much to be learned about food even when one is a certain age. All the beautiful vibrant colored peppers in the capsicum genus reflect an abundance of health giving nutrients. The Calorie Count breakdown on the nutrition facts for green peppers and banana peppers illustrates how they are simply loaded with things like Niacin and vitamins A, B6, and C. Calories are negligible.
Yes, the calories in the peppers are negligible, but what about all that ground beef and other things that go inside? I found out that my Mom added the ground beef raw (and all the other things with it) to the pepper. The beef fat helped cook the pepper and make them quite tasty, but it's not the best choice for someone watching calories and fat. Fortunately, I found out that you can brown and drain the fat before stuffing if you just add other liquid, such as a great marinara, to the filling.
Let's Stuff Peppers!
I found this lean beef and brown rice Stuffed Pepper with the Recipe Search here at Calorie Count. The recipe gets a grade of B and only has 222 calories in each serving.
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Do you still make your Mom’s stuffed pepper recipe? What is the most interesting ingredient you’ve stuffed inside a pepper? What is your favorite pepper to stuff? Baked or grilled? Share your favorite stuffed pepper recipe with everyone here! If you have questions about recipes, or would like your recipe to be considered for the CC Palate, please contact me via pm.
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