Before I get to today's post I just want to say thank you so much for all of your kind and encouraging comments. I can feel that y'all are just as excited as I am that I am feeling so much better and getting back to my normal. It really is such a gift to me to have such wonderful friends as y'all cheering me on. Thank you. :D
Now it is "recipe time" Tadpoles. :)
The gang here are huge fans of stuffed green peppers and have been hinting since I started back to cooking that they really wouldn't mind if I made some for dinner. Not a problem. They are so easy and tasty I thought "Yum. I am in the mood for those too."
Usually I make the filling simple with hamburger, rice [both uncooked], spaghetti sauce and a little salt and pepper. I put them in a casserole dish, cover them in more spaghetti sauce, lid on and in an hour we have dinner with a side of steamed corn. Definite yummy comfort food.
Since I don't cook too much with hamburger anymore I decided I would stuff them with ground pork instead. I also added additional diced green pepper, diced onion along with the spaghetti sauce and uncooked rice. In [what I hope was] an inspired cooking moment I added a packet of Lipton Onion Soup mix* and mushed it all together before stuffing the peppers. 15 minutes before they finish I am going to sprinkle shredded parmesan cheese over the top. Fingers crossed, but right now my kitchen smells wonderful. I will let you know if it is a thumbs up or down after I ask the all important question, "Do you want me to make it again?"
In other fabulously wonderful food news guess what I found on my front porch this afternoon? A huge cooler filled to the top with roasts, chicken, stew meat, hamburgers and premium hot dogs. It was sent express mail to us from our beloved Dad [In Law.] Isn't he sweet? He didn't even tell our Mom[IL]. I think he took to heart our problems with the freezer last week, with all the meat we lost, and decided to surprise us with a bonanza of meaty goodness. If you have ever had Omaha Steaks' products then you know what I mean. If you haven't tried it yet it is a great way to splurge for a special occasion or to hint to family that it would be wonderful to :ahem: be given the gift of meat! :)
UPDATE: Holy Moley - these pork stuff green peppers are FANTASTIC! I don't think I will make them the other way again. Wow! If you like stuffed peppers you should try these. I guarantee they will be a hit!
*Lipton Onion Soup mix is very high in sodium so I limit my portion of the meat filling to 3/4 cup [no cheese either] with steamed rice and corn mixed, on the side. It is more than enough for a meal and I left the table one stuffed, happy Momma. :D
Have a great Thursday Tadpoles. We'll see you on the flipside!