Monday, December 26, 2011

Savory Stuffed Peppers and Christmas, 2011

We had another great Christmas this year.  I have some pretty hysterical pictures of five-year-old JK completely ecstatic over the celebration.

As usual, I made a big breakfast buffet for my family and parents and then made some dishes to bring to the family potluck for dinner.  I decided to bring stuffed peppers for dinner, and they were super tasty.  I've got the recipe below, but first we have to cover some highlights.

You'll see in one of the pics below what my buffet looked like.  I made:
Scrambled Tofu with broccoli, mushrooms and spinach
Sausage and Cheese muffins (recipe on a future post)
My mom's fruit plate
Chocolate chip cookies
Oatmeal cookies
Lemon Sugar Loaf (recipe on a future post)
Coconut Caramel Happy Birthday, Jesus, Cake

For dinner:
Savory Stuffed Peppers
Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Glaze (recipe on a future post)

Just a note on the peppers:
I made enough for 22 people, so you can definitely halve the recipe or more for your needs.  Or, you can make the whole batch, and freeze what  you won't eat in the next few days.  I also cut my peppers in half, but you can use fewer peppers and keep them whole.  With all the food at the potluck, I thought having a whole pepper would be too much for some people.  I also used white rice to appeal to more people, but brown could be used, of course.

Savory Stuffed Peppers

Stockings hung with care, even for the dogs and cats

Breakfast Buffet (fruit plate hadn't yet arrived)

Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Glaze (for potluck dessert)

R.I.P. - Here lies the blank spot where there was a great photo of the kids, but GR was embarrassed and pleaded with me to remove it.  The caption is below.
All the kids enjoying JK's new superhero masks.  They seem to have suddenly taken on the powers themselves!

GR and JK delivering our annual Christmas cookies to the firefighters.

Now, on to more of the recipe photos:

Here are the peppers, washed and waiting for the water to boil.

The stuffing being sauteed.

Blanching the peppers.

Completed peppers, ready to go!

Savory Stuffed Peppers


11 green bell peppers, tops trimmed, seeds and heavy pith removed, and halved lengthwise
1 cup white rice, uncooked, prepared according to package directions
2 Tbs. canola oil
1/3 cup chopped shallots
6 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 - 12oz. pkgs. Lightlife Smart Ground, original style
1 - 15oz. can of black beans, drained
1 Tbs. dried oregano
2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
3 - 15oz. cans tomato sauce, divided
Non-stick spray


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Fill a very large pot about two-thirds full with water, and bring to a boil.  This will take some time, so you can prepare the rest of your dish while waiting.  Cook the rice and set aside.  In a large pan, heat the oil over medium heat.  Add the shallots and garlic and cook for two minutes.  Add the Smart Ground and mash with a fork or potato masher, so there are no big lumps.  Cook for two or three more minutes, stirring often, so it doesn't burn.  Add the beans and spices and cook until heated through, about three or more minutes.  Add the rice and stir well, so it's thoroughly mixed.  Add two cans of the tomato sauce and mix well.  Spray two baking dishes with the non-stick spray.  If the water is boiling now, carefully dump the peppers in it and boil for five minutes.  Drain in a colander in the sink.  Using tongs, place the pepper halves cut side up on the baking dishes.  Spoon the filling into the well of each pepper - use every last drop of it.  Spoon the last can of tomato sauce over each pepper.  Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.  So good.  Feeds five hungry vegans and seventeen close friends and family.


  1. This all looks so divine! That pumpkin bread especially had me salivating. ^^ I hope that you guys had a great holiday season!

  2. Thank you, AikoVenus! Hope you had a great holiday, too.

  3. Breakfast buffet is an awesome idea, as is gifting local firefighers. Sorry I missed the superhero photo though....

  4. so happy you had a great Christmas with the family and the food looks to good to eat. Happy New Year my friend. Hugs.

  5. I have to ask permission to add photos occasionally. Merry Christmas! How did the firemen like vegan cookies? Do you tell them that's what they are? I can tell you guys ate well this holiday; glad it sounds like family time, etc. was just as successful.

  6. Get Skinny, thanks, it was.

    FF, the breakfast is my big thing I do during the holidays. I also like the tradition with the firefighters.

    Millie, Thanks, and to you, too.

    Jenny, I seem to mess up with photos too often with my kids. I do tell the firefighters they are dairy-free.

  7. Your hearth looks so festive and inviting! Glad to hear you're having a good holiday season! Merry Christmas!

    Stuffed peppers are perfect for Christmas tasty and beautiful colors!

    Season's Greetings to you and yours BlessedMama!

  8. Thank you, Rose! We are having a good holiday, and I hope the same for you. :-) I didn't think about the colors of the peppers matching Christmas until you said so - an extra bonus!

  9. Looking forward to the Cheese and Sausge Muffin Recipe.

    Nice brick fireplace.

    I like the family tradition of thanking the local firemen. Harkens back to a simpler time. The tall one next to GR looks like good son-in-law potential.

  10. So glad you had such a wonderful Christmas! Your family potluck sounds like such fun and the food looks delicious!


  11. You make it sound so easy, but I know a lot of work went into such a lavish spread. Everything looks beautiful. (I'm glad to hear the cats and dogs got to join in on the fun!)

  12. What a great food day! I bet everyone was full, and had a lovely day! Thanks for the stuffed pepper recipe, it sounds delicious.

  13. S.V., it's coming, I promise. I'll keep the fireman in mind in at least ten years.

    Penny, Thank you!

    Andrea, it was work, but fun work, right? And, yes, the fur creatures enjoyed their treats too.

    Ingrid, thanks! Hope you like the recipe.

  14. Everything looks wonderful. Your peppers are gorgeous!
    I love that you make Christmas cookies for the firefighters. :o)