Dinnah by Artichoke!

What a good spouse Artichoke is! The other night, he made a delicious dinner of stuffed peppers, roasted brussel sprouts and sauteed string beans. Yeah, we were trying vegging out and with some of my favorite foods on the planet.

The string beans were pretty simple. There’s no set recipe for this. Using a package of haricot-verts Momma Macaroon gave to us, Artichoke put some olive oil in the pan with a couple of cloves of garlic. When the garlic started to brown, he tossed in the beans and added some salt and pepper. Cooked until tender, the beans were put into cold water and shocked! That was it! Easy, right?

Artichoke never had Brussels sprouts until we started dating way back in the day. I loved them! My grandmother and mom made them often, usually just boiling them with some butter and salt. Again, simple. The first time I made them for him, Artichoke couldn’t believe he missed out on them for so long. Now, he’s hooked!

Lately, I’ve been on a roasted Brussels sprout kick, especially after seeing a great recipe in Vegetarian Times over the summer. Since finding that recipe, I’ve found ways to modify it by adding or changing ingredients from the original. So here’s the recipe from VT with my modifications:

Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Source: Vegetarian Times, Nov/Dec Issue

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb. Brussels sprouts, large sprouts halved, small sprouts left whole
  • 3 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 Tbs. maple syrup
  • 2 Tbs. butter, optional

Macaroon Modifications: Replace the maple syrup with 2 Tbs. of agave nectar. Omit the butter. Add 2-3 cloves of garlic, 2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar and 1 tsp lemon zest. 

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Toss Brussels sprouts with oil in large baking dish or on baking sheet, and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Roast 45 minutes, or until tender, loosening sprouts from baking dish or sheet with spatula every 15 minutes, if necessary.
  2. Transfer to serving bowl and toss with maple syrup and butter, if using.
Macaroon Modifications: Toss all of the ingredients in a bowl and be sure the sprouts and evenly coated. Cover the Brussels sprouts in a baking dish with foil before placing in the over. Roast for 20-25 minutes. Remove the foil and stir the sprouts. Roast for another 20-25 minutes. Don’t bother with the butter.

Now, we’re onto the star of dinner: Stuffed Peppers. Artichoke grew up on the stuff. Me? Not so much, though I love peppers. Though the main component to many offerings of stuffed peppers include meat, Artichoke and I went without and it was no loss to us at all. Using leftover brown rice, green peas, a bit of pasta sauce, and vegan Parmesan cheese, Artichoke took about 12 mini peppers and stuffed them with veggie goodness.

Yummy Stuffed Peppers
Source: The Macachoke Kitchen


Ingredients

  • 12 mini peppers 
  • 1C. brown rice
  • 1/4C. sweet green peas
  • 1/4C. pasta sauce
  • 2Tbs. vegan Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. 
  2. Cut the tops off of the peppers and cut along one slide of each. Set aside
  3. In a medium bowl, mix other ingredients together
  4. Take mixture and stuff into peppers
  5. Place peppers on baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes
Artichoke did a great job! Everything was delicious! Let’s do it again, shall we?
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