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My husband and I both love to cook. But it’s funny how different our cooking styles are. Me – I’m a recipe girl all the way. I love cookbooks, and magazines, and recipes online. I’ll adapt recipes, but I almost always have on there on the counter with me while I cook. My husband, on the other hand, probably has never used a recipe in his life. I’m not sure he’d even know how to follow one. He takes a little of this and a little of that, throws it all together, and always ends up with something amazing. He has a couple of dishes that he has made multiple times, but they never quite end up the same because he never remembers what he puts in them, or doesn’t measure anything.

Vegetable and Sausage Stuffed Peppers | www.tasteandtellblog.com

So I was a little out of my comfort zone on the stuffed pepper recipe. I’ve made stuffed peppers before, so I know the basics, but I totally went without a recipe on this. Mostly because it was a desperation recipe. Desperate to get rid of some of the veggies starting to crowd my counters and fridge. And this meal is packed full of veggies. I’m pretty sure we both got our 5 servings for the day with this one recipe!

This could easily be made vegetarian by leaving out the sausage. But we love our meat! And I actually thought these were better as leftovers the next day. And we had lots of leftovers because this makes a TON!

Vegetables from my garden – zucchini, squash, cherry tomatoes, basil
Vegetables from my in-laws garden – corn, green beans

Vegetable & Sausage Stuffed Peppers
recipe by me!

Serves 8-10

1 small zucchini, diced
1 small yellow squash, diced
1 medium yellow onion, diced
olive oil
1 lb. sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
1 large or 2 small cobs of corn, kernels cut from cobs
2 cups prepared brown rice
1 15 ounce can tomato sauce
salt and pepper
Peppers – (I used 4 bell peppers and 2 small poblanos – but it will all depend on the size of your peppers)
8 ounces shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Preheat oven to 350F.

Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the zucchini, squash and onions and cook until softened. Remove from heat and put in a separate bowl.

In the same pan, cook the sausage, crumbling as it cooks. When cooked through, remove from heat and mix in with the zucchini, squash and onion. Mix in the corn, rice, and tomato sauce. Season with salt and pepper.

Cut peppers in half and fill with the sausage/veggie mixture. Place in a lightly greased casserole dish and bake for 45 minutes to an hour, or until peppers are slightly softened. During the last 15 minutes of cooking, sprinkle the cheese on top.

Green Beans with Cherry Tomatoes | www.tasteandtellblog.com

Green Beans with Cherry Tomatoes
adapted from allrecipes.com

Serves 6

1 1/2 pound green beans, trimmed and cut into 2 inch pieces
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup butter
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh basil
3 cups cherry tomato halves

Place the beans and water in a large saucepan. Cover, and bring to a boil. Set heat to low and simmer until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain off water, set aside.

Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the sugar, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Add tomatoes, and cook, stirring gently, until the tomatoes are soft. Add the green beans back and and heat for a minute or two until the green beans are warm. Stir in the basil and serve.

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13 Responses to Vegetable & Sausage Stuffed Peppers and Green Beans with Cherry Tomatoes

  1. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    I love stuffed peppers! A wonderful dish!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  2. Liz Brooks says:

    Awesome! My Dad just asked me for a stuffed peppers recipe. Apparently my Grandma made some good ones. I would love to use this as a guide.

  3. Dawn says:

    man I would be so happy if I could get my hubby to eat a veggie.
    you are lucky to have a hubby who loves to cook. this looks so good.

  4. Patsyk says:

    How nice that your garden has produced such a nice assortment of veggies! Your stuffed peppers look fantastic! I love them, but don't make them often because I don't have a good recipe to follow. I need to step out of my comfort zone and work with what I have on hand like you did!

  5. Ingrid says:

    Every time I see a stuffed tomato or pepper recipe I wonder if my three would like it. The filling looks good but I'm not sure of the pepper part.
    ~ingrid

  6. Marisa says:

    These both sound so delicious. I made stuffed green peppers once and they were gross–these sound a billion times better! I'm excited to try them. What a great way to use up all the garden vegetables right now. THanks!

  7. Grace says:

    recipe free, yippee! i love LOVE stuffed peppers, usually regardless of what they're actually stuffed with. great plate of food, deborah!

  8. kat says:

    My husband cooks the exact same way. I'm trying to do it more but he always does the no recipe thing so well

  9. Darcy says:

    This just looked so good I had to make it! I made both – the peppers and the green beans. Both were fantastic! I made the peppers without the sausage, and they were great – but really, how can you go wrong with rice and veggies covered in melted cheese? Seriously delicious. And I have an abundance of cherry tomatoes in my garden right now, so the green bean recipe worked out perfectly. Thanks for the recipes!

  10. Kristen says:

    I love stuffed peppers too! Your photos look magazine quality, Deborah!
    Isn't it great having a hubby who likes to spend time in the kitchen too?

  11. eatme_delicious says:

    Yaey great job on creating a recipe out of your head! I so rarely do it (I'm a recipe follower too) so it's really exciting when something I made up turns out yummy.

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