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Mediterranean Stuffed Peppers

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I always have high hopes for stuffed peppers. We eat with our eyes first, right? Stuffed peppers always look so amazing. But then I dig in and am like, “Why didn’t I just chop up this pepper and cook it with the filling?” Presentation. That’s why.IMG_2244

These stuffed peppers were delicious! I had only planned on making 2, but there was enough filling for 4 peppers so we ate the extra filling on the side. So, so good.

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There are many different methods out there for stuffed peppers. Some have you pre-bake the peppers so you don’t have to bake as long with the filling in. The method I use here bakes & steams the peppers, since they are wrapped tightly with foil. I think this speeds up the baking time a bit.

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The recipe I’ve written out below calls for 3/4lb (12 oz) of ground turkey. I actually used about 10 oz, since I bought the pre-packed ground turkey, which came in a 20oz container. I popped the other half of the gound turkey into the freezer, and plan to thaw it some other time to make my Taco Frittata.

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You’ll notice it looks like I used more than 2 stalks of celery; actually, I used a diced up cubanelle pepper. I wouldn’t say the recipe needed this, it’s just that it was approaching the end of it’s life in the fridge so it was use it or lose it time.

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Even though I only had 2 peppers, the amount of filling made for the recipe would easily fill 4 peppers. And for my non meat-eating readers, I would recommend subbing a can of chickpeas (drained & rinsed) for the ground turkey in this recipe!

Mediterranean Stuffed Peppers

Prep time: 15 min

Cook time: 30 min

Makes: 4 peppers

  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 3/4lb ground turkey
  • 14oz can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2T tomato paste
  • 2t dried rosemary
  • 1/2C feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4C dry quinoa, cooked
  • 4 bell peppers, tops off & insides cleared
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees
  2. Add celery to a pan over medium heat, cook until celery starts to soften (~5min)
  3. Add ground turkey to pan, brown
  4. Add diced tomatoes, tomato pates, rosemary and quinoa to pan; mix well and cook long enough to warm through
  5. Take the pan off the heat, add feta cheese and mix well
  6. Fill bell peppers with turkey mixture and place in baking dish
  7. Cover, bake for 30 min
  8. Enjoy!

Question: Do you think presentation makes a difference for a weeknight dinner at home?

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Maple Lentil & Sweet Potato Stew

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Were you guys wondering when I was going to post a recipe that involved this blog’s namesake, sweet potatoes?  Well, here it is…the inaugural sweet potato recipe (many more to follow, I assure you)!

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Sunday’s are the day that we get ourselves ready for the week…laundry, cleaning, food prep etc. Because of this, I like meals that take a little longer, but don’t necessarily require my full attention. When I saw this recipe for Maple Baked Lentils with Sweet Potato on Oh She Glows, I knew I wanted to try it. As usual, I’ve made some changes from the original recipe. (Note: The below photo is missing the apple I used for this recipe.)

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Usually I like to have everything prepped before I start cooking, but I knew I’d have 20min while the lentils cooked to get everything else together. So, while the lentils cooked I did my dicing, measuring and opening.

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I had intended for this to be a little more firm when it was done, but it had a fair amount of liquid in the end, hence the “stew” designation. I served a lightly dressed salad alongside this, as it’s pretty a pretty heavy meal. The verdict? Two thumbs up! It was sweet but not in a dessert sense, and filled you up like a comfort food while still being pretty nutritionally-dense. A win-win!

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Maple Lentil & Sweet Potato Stew

Prep time: done during cook time

Cook time: 1 hour

Serves: 4

  • 1C dried lentils
  • 1lb sweet potato, peeled & diced
  • 1 apple, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2.5T maple syrup
  • 2T molasses
  • 2t yellow mustard
  • 1.5T apple cider vinegar
  • 1t kosher salt
  • 1/2t black pepper
  • 28oz can diced tomatoes, drained
  1. Rinse and drain lentils; add into dutch oven with 3C water
  2. Bring to a boil, then turn heat to low-medium and cook, covered, for 20min
  3. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees
  4. Add sweet potato, apple, garlic, maple syrup, molasses, mustard, ACV, S&P and diced tomatoes to the dutch oven
  5. Cover and bake for 20 min
  6. Remove lid and bake for 15 min

Question: Have you ever used molasses for anything other than gingersnaps? (My answer: nope!)