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Meatless Stuffed Peppers

From Rita:

These are so quick, easy and tasty that you will be pleasantly surprised.  You can make them ahead of time and then bake them off later.  I am enjoying many meatless meals these days and feel better than ever.  There must be something to the vegetarian concept of eating.  Top with some fat free greek yogurt or low fat sour cream.  The cold of the topping and the heat of the  pepper or tomato really work well together…or eat them plain. Try a meatless meal and see how good you feel!

INGREDIENTS:

Stuffing:

  • 1 -15 oz. can black beans,  rinse and drain well
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice  (I use Trader Joe’s cooked brown rice)
  • 1 jar of salsa
  • 1- 6 oz. bag of baby spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 cup low fat shredded cheddar cheese

Stuff ingredients into:

  • 3 large peppers – your choice of color.  Clean all seeds and white pith
  • 3 large tomatoes tops cut off and the cavities cleaned thoroughly
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.   Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. and stuff the peppers and tomatoes.  Put in a pan where they will fit fairly tightly.  Be sure to add about an inch of water to the pan so they will not burn on the bottom.  Bake at 400′ for 1 hour or until the peppers are fork tender.  I simply use a long handled fork or knife and stick it in the side of the pepper — it should be nice and soft.  Viola .. you are ready to dine.
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Hearty Baked Beans

From Krisann:

This baked bean recipe can be served as a side or as a meal itself.  The combination of beans and meat make it very hearty and delicious.


Ingredients:

  • 1 can pinto beans, drained
  • 1 can cannelli beans, drained
  • 2 cans chix peas, drained
  • 2 cans kidney beans, drained
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1lb bacon
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • couple teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/2 cup red cooking wine

In a large pot add the beans, ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, mustard and cooking wine.  Set aside.  In a medium frying pan cook ground beef, drain off fat and add to the pot with the beans.  In the same frying pay, cook the bacon, when the bacon is cooked, drain off 1/2 the fat and cook the chopped onion in the bacon fat.

Crumble the bacon and add to beans and meat pot.  Add the onions.  Cook over low to heat for 2 hrs.

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