Posted by Rebecca, January 26th, 2011
Anywho, my blogging buddy Jenn over at Peas and Crayons is hosting a What I Ate Wednesday link party today. She threatened me asked me to post some things we eat around here. Since Jenn is wonderful, and also happens to be my #1 and #4 most frequent commenter (no really Jenn, you hold 2 spots in the top 10…), the least I could do was post a little recipe from last night!
So a little foodie background, Mike and I don’t eat meat and haven’t for about 2 years now. I was never a big meat eater and I originally decided that I wanted to do a grass-fed/free-range diet. We did it for a week and it almost bothered me more to think about what the animals I was eating, were eating! It made them more real to me, so I decided I would rather not eat meat than go the grass-fed route. I never expected Mike to join me, but he decided he was up for the challenge and would see how long he could go. Much to both of our surprises, it’s been almost two years. A major misconception about us is that I have somehow forced Mike into my lifestyle, which could not be further from the truth. Mike loves to cook and was open to trying out new things, so if anything, being vegetarian has made us expand our horizons and try new things. Plus Mike maaay have eaten a rib at a recent bachelor party and I did not kill him in his sleep. See that? I am not the crazy vegetarian lady.
We often get funny looks and comments such as “You don’t eat meat? What do you eat???” So I’m pretty excited to share some of our recipes 🙂 Though I can’t promise that there aren’t some nights where I eat Froot Loops for dinner…
Okay onto the food! Last night we made some stuffed peppers with white wine risotto. And by we I mean Mike..
The recipe, which is from here:
- 4-6 red bell peppers
- 2 tbsp olive oil + 1/4 cup
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 3 scallions
- 4 cloves garlic
- 3 cups vegetable broth
- 1 cup white wine, separated + 1 tbsp
- 1 cup Aborio rice
- 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes (re-hydrate if necessary)
- 1 portobello mushroom, halved and sliced
- 1 tbsp margarine
- parmesan cheese (vegan or dairy, optional)
We substituted the portobello mushroom for some steak cut mushrooms, removed the sun-dried tomatoes and added some onion.
Slice tops off of peppers and scoop out seeds. Place in baking tray. Drizzle with 2 tbsp olive oil, garlic and salt and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, or until just barely tender.
Meanwhile, heat vegetable broth and 1/2 cup wine over low heat til hot, just before simmering. In a separate large skillet, sautee scallions, garlic cloves in 1/4 cup olive oil. Add rice and mushrooms until rice is toasted, but not burnt, stirring frequently. Add 1/2 cup white wine and simmer one more minute. Add 1/2 cup of the broth and wine mixture to rice. Allow to cook until the liquid is almost absorbed. Continue adding broth mixture 1/2 cup at a time until rice is cooked, about 30 minutes.
Add 1 tbsp margarine and 1 tbsp wine just before done cooking.
Stuff into peppers. Sprinkle the stuffed peppers with parmesan, if desired, and bake 10 more minutes.
We served them with some broccoli (because I was craving it) and some corn (because that was the vegetable Mike chose). I’m sure a salad would have been a much more normal choice. And tada! A delicious meal on my lovely Ikea Dinera plates. I had to throw a touch of decor in there for you guys 🙂
Don’t worry, the remainder of that bottle of white wine was put to great use, we don’t waste…
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