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Stuffed peppers made simple

June 30, 2010

Stuffed green peppers make for a quick meal for a rushed evening at home.

Prep time to make the sauce only takes a few minutes. The most time is spent on baking the peppers.

It's also the perfect time of year to be using items from your garden such as tomatoes, onions and fresh green peppers.

Stuffed green peppers



6 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
3 celery ribs, diced
8-ounce can tomato sauce
1 cup water
2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
4 large green peppers
1 pound ground beef, cooked
1 cup cooked instant rice
1 teaspoon basil

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

In a large sauce pan, combine tomatoes, onion, celery, tomato sauce, water, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10 to 15 minutes.

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Meanwhile, cut tops off green peppers and remove seeds. Set aside.

In a bowl, combine ground beef, rice, basil and remaining salt and pepper. Mix well.

Fill peppers with beef mixture. Carefully place peppers in sauce. Spoon some sauce over tops of peppers. Cover and bake for 40 for 45 minutes or until beef is cooked and peppers are tender.

- Courtesy of Crystal Winebrenner, member of Women of Valor Ministries, Inc., a Hagerstown organization offering educational, resource and support services to empower people to transform their lives. For more, go to http://www.wovministries.org .

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