Sunday, July 24, 2011

The View on the Inside

    Below is the view of my counter as of yesterday.  I cut up 8 bell peppers- 4 to be used and 4 to be frozen.  Then, 8 cups of diced tomatoes and tons of parsley.  I made an awesome Unstuffed Pepper Bake (from a Kroger mailing) for lunch...it taste just like regular stuffed peppers. 
 
Unstuffed Pepper Bake

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Serves: 4-6 (generous servings)

Ingredients: -
1 lb Ground Beef
- 1/3 c Frozen Diced Onion
- 10 oz pkg Chopped Green Peppers or 4 of your own diced -
2 Garlic Cloves, minced or ½ tsp Garlic Powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp  Ground Black Pepper
- 14.5 oz can Petite Diced Tomatoes, drained or 2 cups of your own diced -
1 cup  Instant White or Brown Rice or regular rice a little under cooked -
1 tsp  Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 tsp  Italian Seasoning or fresh herbs from your own garden -
 8 oz pkg  Finely Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese, divided
- 15 oz can Tomato Sauce


Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 375°F.
2) In a large sauce pan, sauté ground beef and onions, green peppers and garlic for 5 minutes, or until beef is browned. Drain off excess fat, and season with salt and pepper.
3) Stir in the tomatoes, rice, Worcestershire sauce and Italian seasoning. Remove from heat, and stir in 1 cup cheese.
4) Spread mixture evenly into a 13x9 baking dish and top with tomato sauce and remaining cheese.
5) Bake for 20 minutes, until heated through and cheese is melted and bubbly.
 The italized parts were the changes I made to the original recipe. 
 
 
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My new ceiling fan...yay!  We've had a small hole in our ceiling for a while now-- waiting for a ceiling fan.  We have a house that is over a hundred years old, so any renovation is a major undertaking.  My husband put this in on his own staying up very late after work last night.  I really love the look of this fan, too.  Most importantly, I'm happy to have a light in my living room again.  The breeze it generates is not too bad either! 

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