I have a vision of cutting back food costs dramatically by growing my own. My backyard looks like Eden in my head. It's just finding the time and energy to make that come to life. I can do it. Especially if the weather will stay somewhat consistent. I can especially do it if my good friend will continue on this as a team effort with me (you know who you are. Are you reading this?)
I've got an early start scheduled for tomorrow. Sitting on some kids for a few hours starting at 8:00 a.m., then oil change for the Super Prev, and then I plan on going to the butcher shop and picking up some hunks of meat. I wanna start feeding my dogs some real wild animal type food. I think they'll appreciate that, and since we're such good friends I think that they deserve it. Why am I feeding myself so well and then turning around and making my best pals eat a bunch of garbage? It doesn't make any sense.
Tonight I made these.
Black Bean and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
-1 cup black beans. (Maybe more. I had some dried ones that I left soaking while I was at work and you may have picked up that I've not mastered the art of measurement)
-1/2 an onion sliced and diced
-2 fat cloves of garlic minced
-1/4 cup uncooked quinoa (I did actually measure that)
-1 and a half Tbs chili powder
-1 tsp cumin
-2 bell peppers
-1 tomato diced
-cayenne to your liking. Won't take much.
Preheat your oven to 400
If you're using dried beans go ahead and cook them up.
While thats going, cook your onion and garlic in some olive oil for a minute or two then add your quinoa plus 1/2 cup of water.
Let that cook for 10 minutes then mix in beans, tomato, and your spices. Salt and pepper that stuff, maybe hit it with some Texas Pete, cut the tops off your peppers, and spoon on in your mix.
I set mine on a piece of foil and folded up the edges so I could put a little water at the base of the peppers. You can do the same in a baking dish.
Cook those suckers up for about 45 minutes and BOOM! There you go. You could probably stuff 3 or 4 peppers with the beans and quinoa mix, but I like to just have some as a bed on the side. If you're into eating dairy products I'm sure some cheese would be just grand mixed in there with everything.
I'm really glad I went with the orange and yellow peppers and not boring old green. They're a bit sweet and really added a great flavor.
Hope you enjoyed this recipe.
Tomorrow morning I'm going make something that has to do with this. It's going to be good.