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You can’t always control your cravings. Even though it’s been HOT, HOT, HOT, I found myself craving stuffed peppers last week but knew there was no way I was turning on the stove. Predictably I turned to my favorite kitchen gadget and proceeded to make a huge batch of delicious stuffed peppers filled with zucchini, ground beef, tomatoes, and some leftover brown rice in the slow cooker. Yum, yum, yum.
The great thing about this simple recipe is that it can be doctored up any which way you like. Craving something spicy? Use ground beef, black beans, corn, tomatoes with green chiles, and pour some enchilada sauce on top to really hype things up. Craving something really healthy? Use quinoa, white beans, diced tomatoes, tons of quickly sauteed veggies, and skip the cheese to make a protein packed vegan version. Craving comfort food? Use half lean ground sausage and half ground turkey along with diced Italian tomatoes and cheese for an Italian version. The combinations are endless and since they freeze great they are a great recipe to make on the weekend and keep for a night you don’t feel like cooking. Looking for a low carb option? Leave out the brown rice, use 1/2 pound more ground beef, 1 extra zucchini, and 2 cups diced mushrooms for a low carb version.
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