Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Veggie dishes

I was such a picky eater growing up. Peanuts were the only nuts I dared to eat, carrots and spinach, (yes spinach) were as crazy as the vegetables got. It wasn't until I was 25 years old and recently married that I realized how yummy food can really be. Now I LOVE to eat vegetables and I eat all sorts of nuts. I enjoy trying new things (with the exception of fish...it's a psychological thing, I'll readily admit that). I am proud that I have overcome picky eating and I find it fun to explore a variety of food choices. Just last week I went to the grocery store and bought eggplant. I didn't know what I was going to do with it when I bought it but I was determined to give it a try. It was pretty good, although I found all of those randomly dispersed seeds to be a pain. Anyway, I am currently trying to eat more vegetables and less unhealthy carbs so this is a shout out for all of your yummy vegetable dishes. Please share. Here are a few of my favorites:

Lemony Grilled Asparagus

2 Tbls. butter, melted
2 Tbls. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 bunches thick asparagus (about 2 pounds)

Combine all ingredients in ziplock bag and coat asparagus. Place asparagus on hot grill rack and cook 6-8 minutes or until lightly brown, turning over once. Serve hot.

Stuffed Peppers

6 large bell peppers (any color)
1 pound lean ground beef (I use ground turkey)
2 Tbls. chopped onion
1 cup cooked rice
1 tsp. salt
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Cut off top of pepper. Remove seeds and membranes and rinse peppers. Cook peppers in enough boiling water to cover them. (About 5 minutes). Drain.

Cook ground beef or turkey with the onion until browned all the way through. Stir in rice, salt, garlic and 1 cup of the tomato sauce. Cook until hot. (I don't eat a whole lot of rice so I separate a little bit of the meat without the rice for my own pepper).

Stuff peppers with meat mixture. Stand peppers upright in ungreased square baking dish. Pour remaining sauce over peppers. Cover and bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Uncover and bake about 15 minutes longer or until peppers are tender. Sprinkle with cheese.

Bon appetite!


Amy said...

Thanks for sharing! I have also always been terrible about eating vegetables, but having a baby made me decide that I need to change that. So I've been trying to eat a lot more veggies. Keep sharing yummy recipes as you find them!

Jami said...

Totally out of my element with veggie dishes! Thanks for the recipes though, I have heard stuffed peppers are good!

Steve and Kelli Fam said...

Sounds yummy.
I remember when you guys were first married you didn't like nuts and broccoli and I made a breakfast with nuts and broccoli in it! I think our taste buds mature as we get older. I used to hate onions now I love them. I have even been seen lately putting mustard on my sandwiches! I never thought the day would come. I have always loved stuffed peppers, Thats why I always order Chile Rellenos. How can you beet a chile pepper stuffed with cheese?

Tirsa said...

well, I'm sure I'd love your breakfast dish now, Kelli, with the broccoli and nuts. Do share! :)

Bill & Tenna Allen said...

Our grand-daughter recently said to us after I said we like just about all foods, including fish. Her reply was, "Grandma, your taste buds are just old." Maybe that is why things taste better to all of us because we are all getting older... Thanks Rachel!!!