Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Southwestern Veggie-Stuffed Peppers and Leftover Baked Veggie-Rice Burritos

Sorry for not posting yesterday. I was home with my youngest son, who has croup. The poor little thing was so pathetic and just wanted to be held all day long (who can blame him?) so I didn’t have a chance to get on the computer. To make up for my second child-related absence in two weeks, I’m giving you a two-for-one recipe today.

Who doesn’t love a good stuffed pepper, right? I have to confess that this is the first time I’ve ever made stuffed peppers at home, but it definitely won’t be the last. They were incredibly easy -- much more so than I thought they’d be. I adapted the recipe from one I saw on $5 Dinners, but I only used one type of beans and added both zucchini and corn to the filling to make it even more veggie-full.

(I did have an unfortunate tearing incident with one of my peppers, which is why you only see half a pepper filled in the second picture. But it was the perfect size for Andrew, who devoured it!)

I had a ton of filling left over, so I used it the next night to make us some delicious baked burritos. I mixed sour cream and cheese with the leftover filling and rolled it up in flour tortillas, and it made another big, satisfying, yummy dinner for us (pardon the picture; I know it's awful). Make the peppers on Sunday night, since they take a little longer, and have the burritos on Monday since they take no time at all. We’ll be having this combination of dinners a lot!

Southwestern Veggie-Stuffed Peppers
adapted from $5 Dinners

1 cup instant rice
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
1 medium zucchini, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 15-ounce can of diced tomatoes with green chilies, drained
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Salt and pepper to taste
4 green peppers
Shredded cheddar cheese

1. Cook the rice as directed; set aside.
2. In a small amount of olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat, sauté onion and zucchini until softened. Add garlic; cook and stir for 30 seconds. Add diced tomatoes with green chilies, black beans, corn, and cilantro. Season with chili powder, cumin, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir in rice.

3. Meanwhile, slice the stem out of the top of the green peppers and place them in a pot of boiling salt water for 5 minutes. Remove from water, then stuff with the filling. Top with a pinchful of shredded cheese.

4. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Leftover Baked Veggie-Rice Burritos

(Approximate the ingredients according to how much filling you have left.)

Leftover filling
Sour cream
Shredded cheddar cheese
Flour tortillas

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Combine leftover filling, sour cream, and cheddar cheese.

3. Divide filling in equal amounts among flour tortillas. Wrap each filling securely and place seam-side down in a casserole dish you’ve sprayed with cooking spray.

4. Bake until flour tortillas begin to crisp, about 20 minutes.



Keri said...

Both of these dishes look amazing! I love the bright, fresh colors of the stuffed peppers. We make a very similar stuffed pepper dish with ground turkey and lots of veggies. And we even use the leftover stuffing for burritos:-). We must be thinking alike!!

Monica H said...

I'm not much of a pepper person but these are very pretty.

I also wanted to tell you that I'm blogging your grape salad tomorrow, so come by!

Hope the little one is okay. poor thing :-(

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Allison said...

Awesome, as always. Next time I might add a little more flavor (or, you know, actually use Rotel nested of plain tomatoes), but I love the different flavors. We didnt even miss the meat :)