I don’t know about you, but my garden is NOT doing well this year.
Sad tomato plants:
Even more sad green bean plants:
We are barely getting any tomatoes and got only 1 batch of green beans before the plants fried in the hot sun.
It was 112* almost everyday we were gone to Florida and with Kansas being behind 10 inches of rain, things are very brown and dead here. :( Praise the Lord we did get some rain recently, but not before farmers lost cattle and crops. In comparison, this seems minor, but I’m still mourning the loss of Blackberry cobbler and a freezer full of blackberries to get us through the winter….all our blackberries shriveled up before plumping up for the first time in 9 years. Yes, it was THAT hot!
Right now we are getting carrots, red peppers and jalapenos from the garden, for those we are thankful!
We love to grill out jalapeno poppers. Just halve and seed the jalapenos, fill with seasoned cream cheese (we like to use Southwest Seasoning), wrap in bacon, secure with toothpick and grill. DEEELICIOUS! What do you mean do I have a photo? Noooo, that would’ve required me to think before Dale and I gobbled them all up pigishly.
With our Red Peppers I made this for supper:
- 2 Tablespoons Southwest Seasoning (from Pampered Chef, it’s AMAZING! But you can use cumin, chili powder…anything you deem Mexican flavors, instead.)
- 4 ounces, weight Spreadable Cream Cheese (I Believe Its Called Whipped And Is Found In The Bagel Section)
- 8 whole Large Red Peppers
- 2 cups Cooked Meat Of Your Choice: Shredded Pork, Taco Meat, Or Shredded Chicken.
- 2 cups Shredded Cheese, More Or Less As Desired
- Optional Garnishes: Sour Cream, Guacamole
- FOR THE MEXICAN RICE:
- 1 cup Uncooked Brown Rice
- 2 Tablespoons Cooking Oil
- 1 whole Small Onion Chopped
- 1 whole Garlic Clove, Pressed
- ½ teaspoons Salt
- 2 whole Large Tomatoes, Chopped
- 2 cups Chicken Broth
First, make your Southwest Cream Cheese by adding 2 tablespoons of Southwest seasoning (or cumin, garlic and chili powder) to 4 ounces of spreadable cream cheese. Refrigerate until ready to make supper, pulling it out of the refrigerator 20 minutes ahead of time to soften up a bit.
Make Mexican rice: In a large skillet over medium heat, saute rice in hot oil until slightly browned. Add the onion, garlic and salt. Cook over low heat until onion is tender. Add tomatoes, cook over medium heat until softened. Add broth; cover and simmer until water is absorbed.
Cut each red pepper in half vertically (from the stem straight down). Remove seeds and pop off the green top. Place in a large pot of salted water, bring to a boil and allow peppers to cook for 5-7 minutes or until starting to soften. Then remove them from the water, drain and cool.
Meanwhile, prepare meat of your choice or grab whatever is leftover in the fridge.
Spread each pepper with 1 Tablespoon (or more to taste) of seasoned cream cheese. Add shredded meat, Mexican rice and top with cheese, filling pepper just to the brim.
Place peppers on a baking sheet and bake at 350F for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Serve hot with sour cream or guacamole on top.
This is SO versatile! You could use black beans, corn, cilantro, anything you deem “Mexican-ish” in this. Don’t have time to make Mexican rice? Then get one of those Knorr packets of Mexican rice for even faster prep time.
They were delicious, and despite my children’s first reaction: “But I don’t like red peppers!”, they ate them and even asked for seconds.
This is PRECISELY why “No Thank You Bites” are required at our house!
So, how does your garden grow?