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Stuffed peppers are great.  What makes them so great?  Their ease and versatility. You could pretty  much take anything you have in your pantry and refrigerator, mix it together, stuff the pepper, throw it in the over and call it dinner!  Oh yeah and you can make them in advance!

For Sunday’s dinner (and let’s be honest most likely Monday’s dinner too!) I used the following

  • 1/2 cup dry quinoa
  • 1 med. size tomato
  • 1 green pepper
  • a little bit of fresh mozzarella (very precise, I know!)
  • paprika
  • cummin
  • red pepper flakes

Cook the quinoa as instructed.  While the quinoa cooks, chop the top off your pepper and clean out the inside.  Reserve to top part of the pepper as part of the filling.  Dice to tomato and mozzarella.  After the quinoa cooks, combine your vegetables, cheese and spices(this is the fiesta part!).  Mix well. 

Getting ready for the fiesta!

The green pepper I used was pretty large so I chose to cut it down the middle to make two “boats” to fill.  In the past I have use slightly smaller peppers and filled the whole thing up! 

Generously fill each boat.  Place in a baking dish and put in a 350 degree over for about 25 minutes.  Just before the peppers are cooked add a few more pieces of cheese. 

The picture does not do it justice...

I ate this as a meal in itself but you could serve with piece of grilled chicken or fish! 

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I have fond memories of make your own pizza night growing up.  I remember my Mom would make the pizza on a rectangular cookie sheet and for the life of my I could not understand why we just couldn’t make round pizza. Fast forward 20 some years and I too often make my pizza on a cookie sheet but no longer see problems with it.  Sigh…I guess mothers do know best!  

Pizza is a food that seems to have  a bad reputation.  However  with the some what recent surge in gourmet pizza you can certainly take a must more healthy and fancy approach to something that is so often seen as junk food.  This past Sunday I invited Catherine and FBIL (future brother-in-law) over for what we have coined as Sunday Suppers,  I was more than excited when my roommate Leah joined us!   One the menu: Overloaded Homemade pizza and side salad.

I normally buy the pre-made dough from the grocery store but no that I am no longer afraid of yeast I decided to make my own.  I used this receipt from Rhodeygirl tests for whole wheat pizza dough.  This was so simple and wonderful!  I made the dough Friday night and wrapped it up in the refrigerator until Sunday-so nice to have it made in advance.  Also, this makes a lot of dough so I sections off a small portion of it to freeze and use for an individual pizza for myself at a later point! 

C brought over a gluten-free pizza dough  from Bob’s Red Mill so that she too could join in the pizza feast!  This dough is much thicker and more biscuit like, but having tried a piece I must say I think it tasted really good!!

First we prepped the dough by painting olive oil on them and pre cooking them in the over.  I read about this in the recipe for the pizza dough, I had never done it before but it makes all the difference in the world and keeps the dough from getting soggy.  I love when I pick up new cooking tricks!

Now it is time to top it!  We used a TON of different ingredients including:

  • pesto
  • spinach
  • balsamic roasted potatoes
  • mushrooms
  • red onions
  • broccoli
  • chicken sausage
  • goat cheese
  • shredded mozzarella

check out some of the toppings!

My motto for pizza toppings: The more the merrier!

I kept that salad a lot more simple.  I used a bag of spring mix from Trader Joe’s and candied a few almonds and topped with dried cranberries and a balsamic vinaigrette. 

 After about 20 mins (closer to 3o for the GF pizza) in a 425 degree oven your pizzas are ready! 

Now take a look at those!!

Whole wheat crust:

Gluten Free Version:

I am not calling them health food, but still these are much healthier and much more satisfying than your typical greasy pizza.  Although, I’m not going ot lie the greasy pizza does taste good once and a while!

Do you ever host Sunday Suppers to kick off the week on the right foot?  What are your Sunday traditions?

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