I glanced around the produce section. The grocery store was pretty quiet thankfully. This allowed me to think up a comfort food dinner plan. There would not be a big plate of fresh pasta, fresh marinara with basil and gorgeous meatballs with freshly grated cheese. (Yes, that is what I really wanted) Instead I turned to this overlooked vegetable.
Sonny the beagle was not interested in peppers however. I carried on, solo, sauteing onions, garlic and finely chopped mushrooms. He carried himself over to his favorite napping spot, disappointed with my offerings.
To this mixture I added black beans, kernels of sweet corn, a little brown rice/ quinoa, a few pieces of chicken sausage, diced tomatoes and fresh spinach that I wilted down. This could also be known as the ‘clean your fridge out’ dinner. Throughout this process I used salt, pepper, and five spice powder to add a different flavor to the mix.
The peppers are cut up, de-seeded, filled and topped with a little sprinkle of mozzarella.
Bake, covered, at 350* for about an hour, or until the peppers are slightly softened when gently pierced with a paring knife.
Uncover, add a tablespoon of creamy, dreamy goat cheese to remind yourself you are worth it. Bake for another 10 minutes. Carefully remove to a plate and serve. This pepper is such a carefully balanced work of art…it is all you need for dinner.
Except…you may want a glass of wine on the side (which I highly recommend)
Was it a big heaping plate of pasta with gorgeous marinara and meatballs? No. But it was filling, healthy, comforting with less calories and carbs. Try this out if you are looking for something to shake up your dinner rotation.
*** Note: sincere apologies for the camera photos. My computer is sick again and my iPhone is trying to be super smart and helpful in the meantime.
Thanks for reading!