Spicy Bean Stuffed Peppers + Spinach
Wow, this was another one of those great dinner combos that left my palate satisfied and my stomach full, which equals an emotionally satisfied eater. Plus, they took a long time to eat so I felt like I had a quality dinner. It’s a 100% KERF invention too – I just brainstormed what we would have on hand this week and these peppers came together:
- 1.5 cups cooked pinto and navy beans (you can go crazy with bean creativity here – use whatever you like, canned or dried)
- 1 serving cooked bulgur
- 1 can diced tomatoes, drained
- 2 tbsp pickled jalapeño, diced
- Cumin, oregano, hot sauce, black peppercorns, S+P – any seasonings you like!
Mix all ingredients together and stuff 2 bell peppers thusly:
Bake in a 400* oven for about 20 minutes. Top with cheese (we used muenster – half a slice on each pepper) and bake until cheese is melted:
Can we say YUM!? And super filling too!
Up close and personal beans and bulgur:
We also sauteed some bagged spinach in cooking spray along with 2 slices of turkey bacon. We took it out before it was completely wilted to keep some volume, which I really enjoyed! I topped mine with some Cholula hot sauce to complete the spicy theme –
Lastly, I had half a serving of Kashi crackers. I totally didn’t need them, but they made a great sweet nutty compliment to the meal –
All together with tea with a splash of skim –
This dinner was about 550 kcal, 25 grams of fiber, and 30 grams of protein.
My New Best Friend
……..is a red pepper hummus sandwich! You know how I said I wasn’t that full? Well that sandwich (and salad and tea) carried me from 1 p.m. until dinner at 6:45!! I came out of Chem lab the least hungry I’ve been all semester. Maybe my stomach was in a funk, but I’m sure not complaining! It was a lot of hummus and bread – perhaps the perfect combo of nutrients. I started to get moderately hungry around 5:30, but by then it was time to make my lunch for tomorrow and start dinner prep. I often taste things as I prep – lick the yogurt spoon, eat a spinach leaf, taste the bean stuffing to see if it’s got the right ingredients – and I think that always buys me an hour or so until dinner is ready (although this dinner took about 30 minutes from start to finish.) (And I’m also aware of what I’m eating so I know if it’s making a dent in my calories or not – a spinach leaf? I don’t think so. And the bite of stuffing was “accounted for” because I was going to eat it anyways).
So anyways, I’m definitely going back for another sandwich soon!
I’m caught up on school work for the moment as well as blog questions! (Oh no – there’s another one!!) I’ve been trying to read Eat, Pray, Love all week but I keep getting distracted and end up looking at the clock to see it’s past my bedtime. So tonight I am headed upstairs to draw a hot bath and read in the tub!! Well, at least for 10-15 minutes. Then it’s into my cozy bed. Ahhh, I’m already excited.