Portabella Burgers and Stuffed Bell Peppers

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Cut and cored the peppers and mixed up the pepper ingredients.

The other night we had my adopted daughter over for supper. She said she would est anything we ate so this is what we came up with. I was a little nervous having never made either one of the following recipes.

This is the same stuffed bell pepper recipe that I shared previously in my valentine date post.

I did kinda make my own tweaks.
I added a whole package of cream cheese (oops!! 8 oz instead of 3 oz) but it turned out tasty. I added two cups of Italian blend shredded cheese instead of 1/2 cup cheddar. I really wanted fresh onions, but had to settle for onion powder.

My favorite tweak turned out to be adding protein rich quinoa instead of brown rice. I cooked up two cups dry, so I’m sure it was more than two cooked cups. However, I also made more than 6 pepper halves. I do wish I had had more spinach as I like that sort of thing. I used bell peppers from my dad’s garden so they are a but smaller than from he grocery store.
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After I got the peppers into the oven, I marinated three large portabella mushroom caps in a whole bottle of Italian dressing. I allowed them to marinate about 15-20 minutes-the peppers take plenty long, you have time.

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The peppers cooked for about 45 minutes. The cheese was melty, the ingredients hot and the peppers tender.
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After a 20 minutes in the Italian dressing, I threw the caps into a skillet one at a time on medium heat. Just enough to get warm all through and a little browned. Each one took about five or seven minutes.
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The “burgers” had feta cheese, tomato, onion and spinach between buns.
The peppers could be cut up or eaten by hand depending on preference. It was a fantastic supper and so filling that we didn’t even consider making dessert.

Big thanks to Beth, for the portabella burger recipe.

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Vegetarian Recipe Resources

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My friend, Jess, has recently become a vegetarian and confessed she didn’t have a lot of ideas or good recipes to make yummy veggie dinners. Enter Kat, the friend who has no life and loves surfing the Internet

Here are a few of my favorite, conveniently vegetarian meals:

Spaghetti Squash Lasagna (tons of cheese)—I believe in this vegetable. You could even just bake it and make it a salad.

Stuffed Bell Peppers (you can litterally stuff them with anything)

Scrambled Smash–This is a family tradition. Heat your skillet, clean out your fridge of all your veggies (meat optional). If you’re adding pepper, onions, mushrooms or spinach, I recommend to saute it all before adding eggs. Beat eggs equal to your other ingredients (eggs will hold it all together), add spices and a dash of milk if you’re feeling frisky. This is NOT an omelet.
It is a great way to have a one skillet breakfast and clear out your fridge of all the scraps of veggies.

Now we’re moving on to the list links. If you are a vegetarian reading my blog, please share your favorite recipe or website. Knowledge is full belly.

The first website I was reluctant to add because many of the photos look so fancy and perfect. Then I saw the picture of the beet humus. The Simply Recipes Vegetarian Section.

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I’m not brave enough to try it. Beautiful, no? I do like humus and it doesn’t take very long to make.

The blog 101 Cookbooks has an amazing selection and organization. This a blogger who truly wants to be a resource, like an online, searchable cookbook with tips. Quesadillas are super easy to throw into the oven. Cheesy melty goodness:

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VegWeb has a huge amount of recipes from fancy to duh-simple. This is also a good resource for Vegan recipes. Not all their recipes have pictures but the community can add their own. The feature that tickled me most was the Surprise me! Button by the search bar. It surprised me with this delicious looking dinner:

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Vegetarian Times some sweet recipes. Some of their categories include: 1 ingredient/5 ways, 30 minutes, vegan, one pot meals and more. Kale and garlic soup is Sooo perfect for this time of year:

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Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG) has a journal you can pay for, but it is not necessary to access recipes. They even have old journals in .PDF form on the website if you want some veggie reading.

Savvy Vegetarian has recipes and an advice section with tips on how to keep a balanced diet (protein etc). Also they have some nice categories, such as quinoa, tofu and beans/lentils.

All Recipes is my fvaorite site because it is super searchable and has user reviews that really help! I read a recipe then skim the reviews for those tips you wish your cookbook would tell you beforehand. The vegetarian lentil soup is very similar to mine, except for that whole sausage thing:

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I hope this helps you find out what you’re eating for supper. Gosh, I’m starving. Now I have too many options! What should I eat!?