Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Stuffed Peppers

I'm just finishing up Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver.

  Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (P.S.)

I realize that I'm likely the last foodie to read this.  I was also last to the Kite Runner party, I assume I was busy reading Bon Apetit and perusing cookbooks.  But I have to say, I really love this book....I mean, obviously I tend to like books that are about food in some way, but I think that the author really does a great job of educating about eating locally and sustainably without sounding preachy.  This book encouraged me to visit my farmers market - and buy most of my food for the week from local vendors.

I went to the farmer's market without any recipes planned - I just grabbed whatever looked fresh or interesting and planned my meals around what I had in my fridge and pantry.  These purple peppers are a perfect example of how I was able to plan my food around what I could get from my local farm, and be inspired by unique items.

Have I been living under a rock all these years, or is a purple pepper kind of rare?  I thought they were pretty so I wanted them to be front and center in a recipe and I immediately thought of stuffed peppers.  When I got home I perused my fridge and found leftover brown rice, half a jar of marinara, some shredded zucchini, feta cheese, and cranberry beans (also a farmers market find) and the heel of one of my sourdough loaves.  


I poured the marinara into the baking dish while I sauteed half an onion and some garlic until they were soft.  I added the zucchini to the pan just to warm it through, then added it to a bowl with the leftover rice.  I added some feta and the cranberry beans.

I stuffed the halved peppers and placed them in the dish.  Then I topped with breadcrumbs from that sourdough heel and baked at 350 for about 30 minutes.
These made a great lunch on Sunday afternoon.  I think I undercooked the beans, but otherwise this was pretty tasty.  I was a bit sad that my peppers lost their purple hue, but as I tasted them, I was less concerned with their appearance - the were delicious.


16 comments:

  1. You're the second to last foodie to read it....because I haven't read it yet! These stuffed peppers look so hearty and I love finding interesting colors like the purple peppers!

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  2. Those look so filling and delicious! I'll have to check this book out of the library.

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  3. Nice purple peppers you've got there! Looks like a great meal.

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  4. I haven't read it yet either, though it's on the stack next to my bed... It's what's coming after my guily pleasure re-read of Harry potter (for at least the 10th time...)

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  5. I haven't read it yet! clearly we are not the only ones....

    those peppers looks so pretty. I have also never seen that color on a pepper!

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  6. Those purple peppers are gorgeous!!!

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  7. YUM! Stuffed peppers with purple peppers-love it! I find that green peppers get really bitter when I make stuffed peppers with them- did these purple fare better?

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  8. I loooove stuffed peppers, and using purple peppers makes them that much more fun! These look awesome!

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  9. How pretty! I love that you used purple peppers!

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  10. I haven't read it yet! Blog, magazine, cookbook, and wine reading definitely take up most of my time. I never make stuffed peppers, but they are so yummy and versatile, I totally should. These look great!

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  11. I have also not read it and will add it to the stack next to my bed as well! the purple peppers and speckled beans looked so beautiful!

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  12. wow. that looks fantastic!! i want cranberry beans!!! and go. now. to life alive!! you'll love it!! maybe someday soon i'll meet you at backbay at 6am and then we could get raw smoothies afterward! <3

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  13. That would be amazing!! I've been acting lazy and driving to yoga (my apartment is in the back bay so its ultra terrible) but I could drive us to central - annnnd give you a ride back to your apartment!

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  14. I loved stuffed peppers. They look healthy and hearty! I've never seen purple peppers.

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  15. Those beans are gorgeous. I've had so many boring stuffed peppers but this one is different than I've seen before and sounds delicious. I love the use of feta and sourdough

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  16. That looks like a pepper crossed with an eggplant!

    I haven't read the Kite Runner if that makes you feel better. In the midst of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series -- sooo good!

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