Not sure you know this a bout me but, I was a vegetarian for 12 years starting in High School. It was quite the experience for me living with a meat nd potatoes mother who, even after 10 years of knowing me as a vegetarian would ask me if I wanted chicken cutlets or sausage or steak. I would always reply “Ma (in my thick Brooklyn accent) I’m a vegetarian which means I don’t eat animals and those are all animals”. It never really sunk in. The funny thing is, her unwillingness to cook vegetarian sort of sparked my love for cooking. . I should also tell you that as a vegetarian I never, ever liked meat substitutes. I just wasn’t into compressed tofu in the shape of a hotdog or hamburger because, honestly, if i wanted a freakin’ hotdog, I’d just eat one, pig and all. But those processed vegetarian items keep a lot of people alive, especially if you don’t like to cook or don’t know how to. I get it. They’re quick and easy. I just wasn’t havin’ it and if I didn’t want to eat pasta, grilled cheese and Doritos my entire life, i had to learn to create dishes on my own cause my mother idea of a vegetarian meal was obviously, always gonna include “just a little meat”. Oy!
I’m 34 now, with a family all my own and although I now eat some chicken and fish, I main;y stick to a meat free diet. Since my strict vegetarian days I have created quite a few (OK, a shit load) of vegetarian recipes like these awesome stuffed peppers. They are simple to make and can even be made a few days in advance because they reheat well. Feel free to flavor up the rice any way you’d like. Add more veggies, different cheese, some jalapeños or go ahead and throw in some ground meat. You really can’t go wrong with stuffed peppers. Hop on over to Momtastic for the recipe.
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