When I grew up in a small town in Austria, food seemed to be very regimented. I grew up thinking you could only eat spinach with fried potatoes and eggs, since it’s the only way I ever had it. Or you had to eat roasted chicken with rice, but never with potatoes or noodles.
Dr. Tae Yun Kim set me free on all this limited thinking. She explained that food needs to not only be healthy, made of organic, fresh ingredients, and be tasty, but also needs to look inviting. And there should be a good variety and not always the same old thing.
So, although we love soup a lot, by now we are temporarily “souped out” and ready for bright spring dishes.
So here is Dr. Tae Yun Kim‘s recommendation to beat the winter soup blues. These stuffed peppers are very simple, yet very healthy and appealing.
You start by washing the peppers and cutting off the top, like in the picture. Dry the inside well and set them in a well oiled, oven safe pan. Set the oven to 350 degrees.
For the basic filling, mix cooked (brown) rice, pre-boiled ground beef, eggs, (I get good results with 1 egg per pound of ground beef) finely chopped parsley, cilantro, yellow and green onions, mushrooms, salt and pepper.
For added nutrition, Dr. Tae Yun Kim adds hemp seeds, a good handful of it, and chia seeds. If you like it hot, add either finely chopped jalapenos, or hot red pepper. Mix very well and stuff the peppers. Put back the “lid”, and add tomato sauce into the baking pans. I like to keep the sauce very spicy and chunky; make sure it comes up 3/4 the height of the bell peppers.
Bake for about half hour, and enjoy!