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Paleo Stuffed Peppers

So, I have a friend that I don’t get to see very often and she posted this week on facebook that she wanted stuffed peppers… I was just thinking that I should make some stuffed peppers this week, so I invited her over for dinner 🙂 yay! 2 birds, 1 stone.
I knew she was following the Paleo diet, but I didn’t think much of it…
until after I asked her…
I normally put rice or quinoa in my peppers…
Paleo says no.
I always put cheese in my peppers
Paleo says no…
I was beginning to doubt my decision…
but I searched on for recipes that seemed worthy.
I found lots…
ok… not lots. but I found a few recipes… they all just seemed so bland tho… with the exception of the one that said to throw some jalapenos in there.
meh . no.
I don’t much like the flavor of jalapenos…
but I combined about 5 different recipes… and it was good… but… honestly… it was still a little bland… something in the spice department that I need to fix…
but here goes —

6 bell peppers — I would love to say oh I went organic and to the farmers market and got these suckers, but … i’m cheap… I *did* go to the farmer’s market… but … they weren’t pretty and they were uber pricey
so I went to sams and got the 6 pack of peppers for $5 something…
*shrug* what can I say…
so… back to the recipe

6 bell peppers
1 head of cauliflower – riced (mine came out WAY more fine than riced, but I didn’t use the pulse b/c I thought it’d be easier to just turn it ON… it still worked — but, just so you know – future reference – use pulse on your food processor
1 lb ground chicken (this is the way I made it — you can use whatever ground meat you want)
1 medium onion diced
4 medium sized carrots diced
2 tbsp. garlic
1 can diced tomatoes (fire roasted)
6 large black olives
1 tbsp. coconut oil
salt
pepper
smoked paprika
cumin
thyme
tandoori masala seasoning

((please note – I did not measure these spices… I just added them in… sorry for the lack of clarity))

preheat oven to 375°F

bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil and throw your peppers in for a minute or so – just to get them a little soft…
if my husband wasn’t eating these – i’d have skipped this step, I like crunch to my peppers, he however does not… keep an eye on these and pull them out and drain and set aside
while that’s working – put your coconut oil in a pan, heat and throw in your onions, carrots, and garlic
sauté until desired done-ness…
pour sautéed veggies into a large bowl
set aside
take your ground meat and brown it up, when it is almost done, throw in the can of diced tomatoes — i’m sure you could use cut up tomatoes, but this is what I had on hand…
I threw the paprika, salt, pepper and cumin in at this point… just to season the meat – in the future – I will add it to the bowl… lesson learned
after this is sufficiently cooked, pour into the bowl with the veggies –
take your riced cauliflower and add to the bowl
I had my cauliflower standing in the food processor until I used it, so after I emptied it – I threw in my black olives to make chopping them easier… gave it a pulse or two, voila chopped black olives
mix together, throw in more spices (I added the tandoori masala and thyme, and some more salt and pepper at this point)
mix well, start stuffing your peppers

one of the sites that I looked at suggested putting your peppers into a muffin tin so they don’t fall over –

I did that

however, I would definitely recommend spraying or greasing your muffin tin first b/c whatever liquid that was in them – seeped out and was difficult to get off the pan…

bake for 45 minutes

Enjoy 🙂

I would in the future, along with figuring out the spice problem, most likely add bacon and raisins… (assuming raisins are paleo friendly)

my husband liked them in spite of himself (he complained a bit that there would be no rice or quinoa in it… stating that he hated cauliflower…) and my paleo friend liked them too 🙂

Paleo Stuffed Peppers

Paleo Stuffed Peppers

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Cauliflower Bake – in the style of ~T~

http://fatsecret.com/recipes/cauliflower-bake/Default.aspx

Cauliflower Bake

A warming cauliflower, potato and leek casserole.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F (175 °C).
  2. Cook cauliflower in boiling water for 10 minutes. Cook potatoes in a separate pan of boiling water for 10 minutes.
  3. To make sauce melt butter in a pan, add leek and garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add flour and cook for another minute. Remove the pan from heat and gradually add the almond milk and 1/2 cup of the cheese. Add paprika.
  4. Put the cauliflower in a casserole dish, followed by the grape tomatoes and potatoes. Pour the sauce over the potatoes. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top of the casserole.
  5. Bake for 40 minutes until the vegetables are cooked through and the cheese is brown and bubbling.

so, a friend posted this recipe, and i said. hm. i have a head of cauliflower that i need to use.

and i can get leeks from the commissary.

so boom

dinner

i even planned it –

i made a menu for the week.

i NEVER do that!!!!!

but i did. and i’ve followed it thus far!!

yay me!!!

and of course, i modified it.

just a tiny bit.

oh, and up there — it doesn’t say to chop the cauliflower. into bite size chunks. make sure you do that, cuz once you boil it – it’s pretty difficult to cut… i don’t know why. it just is.

my modifications were:

chop up half of a large onion and half of a green pepper… add those in with the leek…

and i do have to say … watch what parmesan you use… that cheese doesn’t melt very well… soooo, if you can find the parm in a bag – -use it, granted it’s not as good or fresh as anything else, but your cheese sauce will work… mine didn’t so to make it a little bit more saucy and melty i threw in 1/4 cup of shredded mozzarella… oh, and don’t remove your pan from the heat, cuz then the cheese REALLY won’t melt, just lower the heat…

i also chopped up some chicken sausages that contain apple & gouda ((omg good!!)) {http://www.walmart.com/ip/Hillshire-Farm-Chicken-Apple-With-Gouda-Cheese-Smoked-Sausage-12-oz/19276116} i meant to add them before i added the cheese sauce, but i got distracted and forgot, it’s cool. i added them to the top and they kinda carmelized… i don’t know but YUM…

so yeah, throw it in the oven bake it for how long it says and pull it out… (no. that’s NOT what she said – don’t go there)

and enjoy

and you will enjoy

b/c holy crapnuggets it is SOOOO good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i couldn’t stop eating it. . .

i don’t know if it was the fact i had only eaten a small breakfast yesterday or if it was just that good

but i’m gonna put a combination of the both,

and when i heated it up for lunch today — just as delicious!!!!!!

of course, you can make this dish vegetarian by keeping to the recipe and not adding the sausage… but i think it would be good with some bacon or prosciutto on top too… jus sayin

 

so goooood!!!!!

so goooood!!!!!

 

 

 

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