Sweet Vine Pepper Bites with Cilantro Brown Rice


Sweet vine peppers are another staple ingredient that I try to keep regularly. They make a great snack, smoothie addition and give color and flavor to any meal they are a part of. Thankfully we have a wholesale store near us that always has a large bag for a great price. With gardening season soon approaching, I made sure to set aside and dry some of the seeds from this meal.

Sweet peppers are super sweet, crunchy and loaded with Vitamin E and C as well as beta carotene.  I love the deep rich variety in color, each offering their own special antioxidants which help us to rid those unwanted free radicals in our body. Colorful produce is such a protective measure against disease management and a wonderful way of receiving essential vitamins, minerals and filling fiber to assist with weight management.

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With a bag full of sweet vine peppers and cilantro screaming for use, I decided to get creative and “stuff” these little peppers with a sweet bean garlic mixture and fresh diced tomatoes. Of course, they wouldn’t  be complete without a little extra sharp cheddar cheese before baking. The rice is infused with cilantro for some mega flavor.

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This recipe serves ~ 4 and makes 30 pepper bites.

 Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of dried brown rice, cooked
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • 1 15 oz. can of rinsed white beans
  • 15 sweet vine peppers, halved
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1 tbsp granulated garlic
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

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Instructions:  

  1. Cook brown rice according to the directions, adding fresh cilantro before boiling.
  2. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. While the rice and cilantro are simmering, cut washed peppers in half and lay across a sprayed cookie sheet. It is not necessary to remove the pepper seeds, however I kept some for replanting.
  4. In a medium size mixing bowl, add beans, tomatoes, garlic, salt and cheese. Mix well.
  5. Scoop bean mixture into pepper halves until all are filled.
  6. Bake for ten minutes.
  7. Lay mini pepper bites over one cup of cilantro infused brown rice. Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves, salsa or any of your favorite toppings.

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Sweet.Crunchy.Flavorful.

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