Stuffed Bell Peppers

Stuffed-PepperThis is my first time to make stuffed bell peppers. I was surprised that it was easy and yummy. It takes about 40 minutes of baking time though.

Ingredients: 4 bell peppers (any color), 3 carrots (grated), 1 onion (minced), 2-3 cloves garlic (minced), 1 and 1/2 cups cooked wild rice or quinoa (3/4 cup uncooked), 1 cup cooked beans (navy beans, black beans, edamame, or corns: edamame and corns do not need to be cooked), 1 t dried oregano, 1 t dried thyme, 1 t dried basil, 1 t smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, or 1 t chipotle sauce, salt and black pepper, olive oil, 3 T ketchup ( I make my own with tomato paste and freeze it) or 1/2 cup tomato sauce

  1. Cook beans. Cook wild rice or quinoa.
  2. Cut bell peppers in half. Remove stems and seeds.
  3. Sautée minced onion, garlic, and grated carrots with splash of olive oil in a frying pan for 5 minutes or until it becomes soft.
  4. Add dried herbs, black pepper, cayenne and salt to taste.
  5. Add cooked beans and grains, and mix. Adjust the seasonings.
  6. Stuff halved bell peppers with the stuffing.
  7. Lay them on a baking pan, face up. Fill 1/4″ water in the pan. Cover with a foil.
  8. Bake at 360º for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake another 20 minutes.
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