Stuffed.

I honestly didn't think it would actually happen, but guess what? My veggie garden is growing! While the sugar snap peas are definitely taking the lead, our tomatoes and bell peppers are also starting to pop up. I am one happy camper. Or gardener, I guess I should say!

One of my favorite summer recipes is stuffed bell peppers. I found a stuffed pepper recipe in Real Simple a few years ago and have tweaked it to make it my own. Now it's a favorite around my house! While I usually make this with store bought peppers, I am pretty sure it will only get better with my very own straight-from-the-garden peppers! 


Michelle's Stuffed Bell Peppers

Ingredients:
-4 bell peppers (I prefer the sweet red ones!)
-box of couscous (I love the Near Eat whole wheat roasted garlic)
-feta cheese
-green scallions
-1/2 lb. ground turkey
-fresh garlic

I'm not big on measurements (a dash of this, a hint of that... you get the picture!), so you'll have to bear with me on getting this recipe on paper.

Directions:
-Brown the ground turkey. When the turkey is almost completely cooked, I throw in a clove (or two) of fresh garlic, to brown. Just for a little extra flava.

-Cook the box of couscous according to the package. Easy enough.

-Hollow out and chop the tops off of the bell peppers. Make sure you pick short, squatty peppers- much easier to use than tall, skinny ones.

-After draining the turkey (and garlic), mix with the cooked couscous, feta cheese (I probably use somewhere around a cup) and freshly chopped scallions.

-Pack the mix into each bell pepper... the more full, the better!

-Top each pepper with another tiny dash of feta cheese and a few scallions.

-Bake the stuffed peppers at about 400 degrees for 45-50 or so minutes. If you like the peppers a bit crunchy, take them out at about 35 minutes. Another heads up- I usually bake the peppers in a Corningware dish instead of a cookie sheet, that way they can be "saved" if they happen to fall over in the oven. Yes, I learned that the hard way.

And that's it!! Stuffed peppers a la Michelle. Fresh, fabulous and fun- the perfect summer dish!


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17 comments:

  1. Don't you love having your own garden?? I never have much luck with anything more than peppers or herbs so pass some tips my way if you have them. I think the Charleston soil makes it hard for stuff to grow bc its so sandy. Those stuffed peppers look amaze, I will most def be making them soon, although with store bought peppers:)

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  2. Sounds delish! I got a late start on my veggie garden this year so it will be a while before I'm using my own peppers. Thanks for the recipe.

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  3. I love the thought of adding feta! I revamped a recipe I found too - try switching in:

    orzo pasta
    sharp white cheddar
    ground turkey (or beef)
    oregeno
    pasta sauce

    I make tons of these and put them in the freezer - the peppers are not as crisp the second time around - but you can freeze the insides only if you like!

    http://hotmessmoma.blogspot.com/

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  4. I LOVE stuffed peppers!! I'm definitely going to try this recipe!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  5. What a good idea...I love stuffed bell peppers! So cool that your garden is growing along!

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  6. Sounds delicious! How can you go wrong with feta cheese, love it. I've got to make this. Thanks for the recipe.

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  7. This sounds wonderful! I cook the same way...its the way my mother taught me so I just run with it!

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  8. That looks so delicious (and I just ate!). I'm like you, I don't do real measurements when I cook either.

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  9. I'm not big on measurements either! Haha! I just kinda mess around and hope it turns out ok. =)

    I looove stuffed bell peppers. I've been wanting to make these for a while, but bell peppers have been so expensive at the store. I'm so jealous that you're going to have some fresh from your garden for free! =)

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  10. I am popping over from Rhoda's recipe party. Hope you enjoy my orange muffins (link #99.)

    This stuffed pepper looks so great. My best stuffed pepper I ever had was in a little village in Moldova and they were cooked in an outdoor stove. Very fun.

    I look forward to trying this.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  11. This recipe sounds absolutely amazing. I love putting ground turkey and couscous in things. Sounds like we have a lot of the same things growing in our gardens too!

    P.S. I gave you an award on my blog. I just love coming here and getting inspired by all of your ideas.

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  12. Dear Michelle,

    Please come to Michigan and cook these for me. Your garden can come too.

    Love Rhi

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  13. I love love LOVE stuffed peppers and have never heard them made this way. My hubby doesn't typically like stuffed peppers, but I might just have to try your recipe! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. yum! i've never know how to make these... but i trust you to lead me in the right direction. i'll report back on how they go when i make it back to my oxford kitchen!! xo

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  15. Aww, I can't wait to get our garden in the ground so we can start growing things! Your stuffed peppers look yummy! I'm sure they'll be even more fabulous when the peppers are straight from your garden :)

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