Wednesday, February 28, 2007

A Decent Dinner

On Monday, we were supposed to have stuffed green peppers, but I forgot to take the ground beef out of the freezer. So, I called the Evil Twin and asked him to bring home 2 hot and ready Little Caesar's pizzas. I figured 2 pizzas would be dinner on Monday, lunch for me on Tuesday and enough for dinner on Tuesday as well. I was right!

However, Buddy was a little disconcerted to discover it was pizza again on Tuesday evening. He kind of got sulky about it. At his age (9), I would have been thrilled to eat pizza every single night.

I told him on Tuesday night, after the whining about the pizza, that I was making stuffed green peppers for dinner on Wednesday (today). He exclaimed, "Finally! A decent dinner!". He's a funny little guy - and he absolutely adores green (or any color for that matter) peppers. I served it with a (bagged) salad. He loved that too. He really enjoys the snow peas. I ate a lot of salads when I was pregnant with him - lots of black olives and pickles too and he loves all those things.

Back to my stuffed peppers. They are one of my staple dinner items. Everyone here likes them. Even Sissy got to try the filing this time and she loved it. Plus, like all my meals, it is super easy to throw together.

Here it is: a pound of ground beef, 4 green peppers, tomato sauce, cheese, and Uncle Ben Spanish Rice, in the pouch. Cut the tops of the peppers off and clean out the insides. Blanch them (that is, to throw them in a pot of boiling water) for about 5 or 10 minutes. Pour the tomato sauce in the bottom of an 8x8 baking dish. Put the blanched peppers on top of the sauce. Brown the meat and heat up the rice, stir those in together and add a little cheese. Spoon into pepper shells and top each one with more cheese. Wrap loosely with foil. Bake at 350 - 400 degrees for 20 minutes. That is all there is to it. I serve them with extra shredded cheese on the side because the Evil Twin likes to cut his in half and add more cheese. He needs the extra calories, ya know. LOL.

IF you have any leftovers (we didn't tonight), they are great for lunch the next day. Looks like I'll be having a peanut butter sandwich for lunch tomorrow. Sad. They were awfully good tonight, though. Even the Evil Twin and Buddy complimented me on my meal cooking prowess. The ET said I get better all the time. That's a good thing. Don't let him tell the meatloaf story (hell, it was 15 years ago... he STILL brings it up).

I'll admit to fixin' some duds from time to time or trying new things when I should have just walked away. On the other hand, I've added a few all-around faves to our rotating menu that were new things I introduced on a whim and are now much requested.

It ain't easy being the hausfrau.

1 comment:

  1. My mom made both stuffed peppers and stuffed cabbage all the time. Everyone loved them except for yours truely. There was no leaving the table until your plate was cleaned either.

    My mom and sister recently moved to the area from northern Ohio so we started swaping leftovers. (But since you didn't just cool and eat it the night before, it really isn't leftovers.)

    I'm 47 and pass on the stuffed plants. The loving wife eats 'em up.