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.
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.
This recipe serves ~ 4 and makes 30 pepper bites.
- 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
- Cook brown rice according to the directions, adding fresh cilantro before boiling.
- Heat oven to 400 degrees.
- 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.
- In a medium size mixing bowl, add beans, tomatoes, garlic, salt and cheese. Mix well.
- Scoop bean mixture into pepper halves until all are filled.
- Bake for ten minutes.
- Lay mini pepper bites over one cup of cilantro infused brown rice. Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves, salsa or any of your favorite toppings.