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Teresa’s Black Bean and Rice Stuffed Bell Peppers

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Teresa’s Black Bean and Rice Stuffed Bell Peppers

Yields 8 stuffed bell peppers

8 whole bell peppers, various colors

2 whole sweet onions

1/2 lb dry black beans

1 and 1/4 cups zatarans long grain rice

4 to 6 garlic cloves

1 tsp cayenne

5 tsp cumin

2 large handfuls chopped fresh cilantro

Salt and pepper to taste

Approx 5 TBS olive oil

1 – 10 oz can Rotel tomatoes with habanero

2 and 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Cook 1/2 lb. black beans per package directions (I like to soak mine overnight before cooking) and add 1 chopped onion to black beans while cooking. Once beans have cooked about 3 hrs, check for doneness and if done, remove from heat and salt and pepper to taste.

Cook 1 and 1/4 cups zataran rice per package directions adding 2 TBS olive oil.

While rice is cooking, wash the whole bell peppers and cut the tops off each one (see pics below). Remove seeds. Set the large sections aside and remove the middle of the top sections. Chop the bell pepper remaining from the top sections and also chop the remaining onion and the garlic. Sauté these chopped vegetables in about 3 TBS olive oil until tender. Remove from heat.

Drain Rotel tomatoes and sauté for about 8 minutes over medium heat being careful not to inhale the peppery steam from the habaneros.

In large pot, boil the whole bell peppers for about five minutes. This will help assure the bell peppers are very tender when finished baking laTer. Drain. Carefully remove from pot (I use two spoons to avoid tearing them) and place in a baking dish lined with foil or parchment paper. Add a dash of salt to inside of each whole bell pepper.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together in a small bowl the following ingredients: cayenne, cumin, cilantro, 4 TBS olive oil…if extremely thick, add a little more olive oil. Add this mixture to the cooked rice and mix well. Add the cooked black beans to the cooked rice and salt and pepper to taste.

In large bowl, mix together 4 cups of the black beans and rice mixture, the sautéed vegetables (onions, garlic, bell peppers), the heated Rotel tomatoes and 1 cup of shredded cheese. Save the remaining 1 and 1/2 cups of shredded cheese for later. Carefully spoon the mixture into each whole bell pepper that is in the baking dish until each pepper is full.

Bake the stuffed peppers for 25 minutes, then remove from oven and top each whole stuffed bell pepper with the remaining shredded cheddar cheese. Bake 10 more minutes.

Remove from oven and top with your favorite toppings such as sour cream, avocados, etc. Enjoy!

-Teresa

Black Beans and Rice

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Black Beans and Rice

1 package Black Beans, prepared ( I rinsed them and then brought to a rapid boil, covered in about 5 cups water for two minutes, then I removed from heat and soaked them for two hours…I drained and rinsed, then added about 8 cups water and I cooked them three hours on a low simmer with the lid partly askew so the steam could escape…during the last hour I turned up heat a little, and with lid on…I checked intermittently to make sure the water had not boiled out)…desired consistency is tender, but not tough or mushy…a little firm is good.

2 onions, chopped (I added to the beans after I sautéed with the garlic in about 4 TBS olive oil)

5 cloves garlic, chopped

2 1/2 cups zatarans long grain rice (makes 9 cups, prepared)…prepare per package instructions

4 TBS olive oil (in addition to what is used to sauté the onions and garlic)

5 teaspoons cumin

1 tsp cayenne pepper

2 large handfuls cilantro chopped fine

salt and pepper to taste

After cooking the onion and garlic, add it to the beans and prepare as noted above. Prepare rice per package instructions. Once beans and rice are done, in a small bowl mix together cumin, cayenne, cilantro and olive oil. If it appears thick like a paste, add a bit more olive oil. Pour into rice and stir. With a ladle with drainage holes, dip beans (slowly, allowing to mostly drain) into the rice. Stir together. Salt and pepper to taste.

Teresa’s Vegetable Stir Fry

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Vegetable Stir Fry

Vegetables of your choice, chopped (I used two onions, 6 zucchini, 3 bell peppers, 2 whole garlic, minced which is about 4-6 cloves of garlic)
2 TBS Olive oil
Approx 1/2 to 3/4 cup Lite Soy sauce
1/2 tsp ginger
Black pepper to taste
Approx 3 tsp Chili powder or Chili Flakes
3 TBS Corn Starch
1 1/2 cups hot water

1 lb Angel Hair Pasta

In large sauce pan on hi, heat olive oil. Add vegetables and spices except soy sauce. Stir frequently. Let cook approx 5 min then add soy sauce. Cook approx 2 min more and season to taste, then put cornstarch into large coffee mug and pour hot liquid from sauce pan over cornstarch. Stir until well blended and pour over vegetables. Add water. Cook until desired thickness.

Serve with cooked angel hair pasta (or cooked rice).