Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

These vegetarian stuffed peppers make a great filling meatless meal. You can also buy refrigerated pre-diced butternut squash to help save on the prep time instead of peeling and dicing. They should be diced to smaller cubes (approximately 1/4″ cubes). It’s a crockpot recipe. You can always make the filling in advance and assemble it at a later time.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup diced butternut squash
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 (3.5 oz) bag of boil-in-bag white rice
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese of your choice (cheddar, mozzarella or Mexican blend cheese)
  • 3/4 cup water plus between 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water
  • 4 large bell peppers (I tend to use red/orange/yellow ones because they’re a bit sweeter than green ones)

Directions:

  1. Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add in diced butternut squash and diced onions. Cook and stir occasionally. Cook for approximately 5 minutes or until lightly browned.
  2. Add in diced zucchini, bag of boil-in-bag rice, salt and pepper. Stir often. Cook for 2 minutes or until warmed through.
  3. Turn the heat off and add in the shredded cheese, marinara sauce and 3/4 cup of water. Mix well.
  4. Cut the tops off the bell peppers. Remove the seeds and discard the tops. Fill the peppers with the rice mixture.
  5. Add between 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of water to the slow cooker/crockpot. Then add the stuffed peppers in cut sides up. Cover and cook on LOW for between 3 to 3 1/2 hours until the pepper and rice are both tender.
Advertisements

Leave a comment »

Chicken w/ Mushrooms and Marinated Artichokes in Creamy Wine Sauce

I like making this on a weeknight. It’s easily thrown together. You get all the ingredients together on a baking sheet pan and broil it in the oven for 15 minutes. Fast, easy and healthy! It’s soooo delicious too!

Read the rest of this entry »

Leave a comment »

Quick and Easy Pumpkin Pie

I’ve been making this pumpkin pie for YEARS! It’s a family favorite and very easy to make.


Ingredients:

  • 15 oz canned pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 12 oz evaporated milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Keebler Ready Crust Graham Pie Crust 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. 
  2. Mix everything except pie crust in a bowl. Mix the filling well. 
  3. Pour the filling in the graham pie crust. 
  4. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes, then lower oven temperature to 350 degrees. Bake for another 50 minutes at 350 degrees. 
  5. Pie is ready when you stick a knife in the middle and it comes out clean!

Comments (2) »

Triple Cheese Meatloaf


In my house, anything stuffed with cheese is a hit. I’m a major “cheeseaholic” who could probably never live without cheese. What’s great about this recipe is that it is very easy to make! You could also substitute one cheese type for another.

Ingredients:

FOR THE MEATLOAF MIX:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground sausage (if you cannot find ground sausage, use 1 lb sweet Italian sausage and remove casings)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup Italian-style bread crumbs
  • 2 and 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

OTHERS:

  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 firm medium tomato, sliced
  • 1 scallion (green onions), sliced
  • a dash of ground black pepper
  • several teaspoons worth of grated parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all the ingredients from the Meatloaf Mix list. Mix well. Divide this mix into two pieces.
  3. You will need either a round baking dish or a 8″ square baking dish pan. Spray this with some olive oil. Place 1/2 of the meatloaf mix in the pan and flatten it out.
  4. Add the three different types of cheese. Make sure you leave at least 1″ border around the dish so the cheese doesn’t ooze out that much when it’s in the oven.
  5. Sprinkle the sliced scallions on top of the cheese.
  6. Then add the other half of the meatloaf mix on top. Make sure this top layer covers EVERYTHING (cover the cheese, scallions, et cetera).
  7. Bake in the 350 degrees oven for 50 minutes.
  8. Add sliced tomatoes on top of meatloaf after it’s out of the oven.
  9. Sprinkle some ground black pepper and parmesan cheese on top of tomatoes and bake again for another 10 minutes.

Comments (1) »

Rica’s Pasta Salad

This pasta salad never lasts long in my house. Everyone goes for a second helping, a third and a fourth. Before I know it, it’s alllll gone! This dish is a hit and a must have for BBQ’S get together parties. It’s really easy and a great dish loved by many. 


Ingredients:

For the salad:

  • 1 box (12 oz) tricolor rotini pasta
  • 1 large red bell pepper (or you can use two small ones), diced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 lb pepperoni slices diced
  • 1 small or medium red onion, diced
  • Between 1/3 to 1/2 cup of sliced black olives (amount depends on your personal preference)

For the dressing:

  • 3/4 cup olive oil 
  • 3/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta to instructions on box. Drain. Run under cold water to stop it from cooking and drain again. 
  2. Mix all other ingredients in with the pasta in a large mixing bowl. 
  3. Whisk all the dressing ingredients together and pour into the salad. 
  4. Mix well. 
  5. Use Saran Wrap to cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator for at least 1-2 hours. The more it sits there, the more time it has to “marinate”. It tastes better that way. 

Leave a comment »

Quick Salsa Chicken

This recipe is quick, easy and cheap to make. It actually costs under $10 and it feeds a family of 4. You could serve this over some white rice or actually use this in burritos or enchiladas. 


Ingredients:

  • 1 pound chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 jar (16 oz) salsa 
  • 1 can (15 to 16oz) black beans, drained and washed
  • 1 can (15 to 16oz) corn, drained and washed
  • 1 to 2 cups of shredded Mexican cheese
  • olive oil

Directions:

  1. Add bite sized chicken pieces to the pan. Drizzle a little olive oil over it. Cook over high heat until the chicken is fully cooked. 
  2. Add in black beans, corn and salsa. Stir and let it cook for another 1-2 minutes to make sure everything is warmed up nicely. 
  3. Add in between 1 to 2 cups of shredded Mexican cheese. The exact amount to use depends on how cheesy you prefer your dish to be. Stir until melted. 
  4. Serve over white rice or use in burritos, enchiladas, etc. 

Leave a comment »

Italian Sausage, Peppers, Onions and Potatoes Bake

This is an easy dish to make. It does make a great dish to bring to parties. 


Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs sweet Italian sausage, cut into half
  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and sliced into chunky pieces
  • 2 red bell peppers, seeded and sliced
  • 2 green peppers, seeded and sliced
  • 2 large onions, sliced into wedges (I used sweet Vidalia onions)
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. Cook sliced Italian sausage with little olive oil in a pan. Make sure the outside is browned all over before moving it to a baking dish. Don’t worry if it isn’t fully cooked inside, it will finish cooking in the oven. 
  3. When the sausage is moved, throw in sliced potatoes in the pan. Add more olive oil if needed. Season with salt and pepper. Stir once in a while. Let it cook for approximately 10 minutes. Then move to the baking dish. 
  4. Add peppers and onions to the pan. Add more olive oil if needed. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes or until the vegetables are soft. You can add in some minced garlic or garlic powder or even garlic salt at this point. I do that sometimes. 
  5. Move peppers and onions to the baking dish. Add in chicken broth, Italian seasoning and the white wine. Mix well. 
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes. 

Tips: you could easily replace the Italian sausage with turkey sausage or kielbasa. You could also add in baby carrots or sliced mushrooms if you want to add more vegetables to the baking dish. 

Leave a comment »