Stuffed Bell Peppers

Easiness: ***
Greenness: vegetarian (can be made vegan by omitting cheese)

INGREDIENTS (Nutrition)

  • 2 large red bell peppers, halved and seeded
  • 1 (8 ounce) can stewed tomatoes, with liquid
  • 1/3 cup quick-cooking rice
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese (*can be omitted)

DIRECTIONS

1. Arrange pepper halves in a 9 inch square glass baking dish. Cover dish with plastic wrap. Poke a few holes in the plastic wrap for vents, and heat 4 minutes in the microwave, or until tender.
2. In a medium bowl, mix tomatoes and their liquid, rice, and water. Cover with plastic, and cook in the microwave for 4 minutes, or until rice is cooked.
3. Stir green onions, kidney beans, and red pepper flakes into the tomato mixture. Heat in the microwave for 3 minutes, or until heated through.
4. Spoon hot tomato mixture evenly into pepper halves, and cover with plastic wrap. Poke a few holes in the plastic to vent steam, and heat in the microwave 4 minutes. Remove plastic, sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese, and allow to stand 1 to 2 minutes before serving.

Modified from a recipe at: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Quick-and-Easy-Stuffed-Peppers/Detail.aspx

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