Sunday, August 16, 2009

What We Do With Our Veggies

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Zucchini: We like to saute our zucchini the same as the green beans and mushrooms, olive oil, salt, pepper.
Mushrooms: We also like to saute our mushrooms with a little bit of butter or olive oil, onions and worstershire sauce, SO GOOD. (tastes like the ones that come on top of steak at the restaurant. You can add steak seasoning too.)
Cherries: we pitted them and dipped em in chocolate. Not good for ya, but YUM.
Tomatoes: We like to make salsa. If you want that recipe, let me know. Another mom in my group has and great one.
Bell Peppers:

Steak and Peppers on Rice

1 1/2 lb. steak, cut into strips
2 bell peppers, sliced into strips
2 tomatoes, sliced
1 bunch green onions, chopped
2 T butter
1 clove garlic (or 1/2 t garlic powder)
1 C beef boullion
2 T corn starch
2 T soy sauce
4 C rice

Melt butter, saute garlic, Brown steak, add bell peppers, and green onions, and saute till just wilted. Add boullion and tomatoes, cook 5 minutes. Add cornstarch (mixed previously with a little water). Simmer until sauce has thickened. Serve on top of white or brown rice.

Stuffed Bell Peppers

2 large bell peppers, halved
(dash of salt optional)
3/4 lb. ground beef, pork, lamb, sausage, or turkey (whatever you like)
1/3 C chopped onion
1-7.5 oz. can tomatoes cut up (just cut up tomatoes from your veggie box!)
1/2 C water
1/3 C long grain rice, UNCOOKED
1 T worstershire sauce
1/2 t dried oregano (or basil)
1/2 C shredded american cheese, separated in to two 1/4 C amounts.

Halve the peppers, remove the stems, ends, and seeds. Immerse in boiling water for 3 minutes. Sprinke with salt, if you want, and invert on paper towel to drain.
In a large skillet cook meat nd onion til meat is brown and onions are tender. Drain off fat. Stir in undrained tomatoes (if you are using fresh you may have to cook them for a few minutes to get the right consistency), water, UNCOOKED rice, worstershire sauce, and dried oregano or basil, 1/4 t salt, 1/4 t pepper. Bring to boiling, and reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for about 15 minutes or till rice is tender. Stir in 1/4 C cheese.
Fill peppers with meat mixture. Place in a square baking dish along with any remaining meat mixture. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes or until heated through. Sprinke with remaining 1/4 C cheese. Let stand for about 2 minutes or until cheese is melted. Makes 4 servings.

I'm pretty sure (though I haven't tried it yet) that you could add just about any other veggies to the meat mixture (mushrooms, zucchini, etc) and it would turn out yummy. My hubby really likes this one.

Saturday, August 8, 2009


sometimes i open up my fridge just to look at all the beautiful green bell peppers, the juicy red tomatoes, and the savory varieties of fruit. it makes me happy.

it makes my husband laugh.

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