For Stuffed Peppers, use your choice of green, red or yellow bell peppers and stuff them with these incredibly healthful blend of ingredients.
8 large green, red or yellow bell peppers (or a combination)
3 cups cooked rice
1 can (15 ounce) black beans, drained
1 can (11 ounce) corn, drained
1 medium onion, chopped
1 can (4 ounce) green chilies, chopped
1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
Fill large stockpot with enough water to cover peppers and bring to a boil. Cut the tops off the peppers, removing as little of the pepper as possible. Remove seeds and inner membrane. Blanch peppers in boiling water for 5 minutes, drain and set aside.
Combine rice, beans, corn, onion, green chilies, liquid smoke, cumin and salt and pepper to taste. Fill each pepper and stand upright in a 9 x 13-inch baking dish that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Cover pan with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove foil, sprinkle with cheese and bake another 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. You can also add crumbled tofu in place of some of the rice to increase the amount of protein.
Recipe makes 8 servings
Serving Size: 1 stuffed pepper
Calories: 239; Total fat: 4g; Saturated fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 7mg; Sodium: 327mg; Carbohydrate: 45g; Protein: 9g; Dietary fiber: 7g