Like all of us, I am always looking for a change on dinner. I found a recipe for stuffed peppers that looked good. Too bad my son’s don’t really like stuffed peppers (I’ve tried to change their minds before). So I decided to take a different approach. What if I make the filling into a casserole and add the peppers to the mix?? It worked….and quite well I might add.
Preheat oven to 350F
In a small pan:
1 cup pilaf (I like Kashi)
1/2 cup brown rice
3 cups chicken broth
Cook grains in broth until liquid is adsorbed. Remove from heat.
While the grains are cooking..prepare
1 large red pepper, diced
1 medium onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup mushrooms, sliced (feel free to change the vegetables to suit you)
In a medium skillet, saute the above vegetables in a little olive oil until beginning to brown (if you don’t have time, skip the saute)
Thaw one of your packages of grilled chicken (see recipe)
Shred 4 oz each of smoked mozzarella and cheddar
In a mixing bowl combine vegetables, grains, cheeses and add:
1 14 oz can of drained diced tomatoes
2 Tbs fresh basil, chopped or equal amount of basil slurry (see “enjoy fresh basil year round ” here)
salt and pepper to taste
Pour into a greased casserole dish and top with dried bread crumbs. Bake for 45 minutes.