My food cravings are actually kind of annoying. I get super obsessed with something and I eat it every single day until I stop craving it. Remember kale? Yeah. I literally ate it every day for a month. Now I haven’t touched it for over a week. Weird.
I’m still in my feta stage, but I think my new craving is on the horizon. And it’s lentils.
It’s not like I haven’t always loved them, but I’ve found myself craving them lately. So brace yourself for some lentil madness.
Why you should eat lentils:
- They’re high in protein
- They’re a great source of fiber
- They pack in iron and other minerals
- They’re cheap and taste awesome
The thing was, I bought a bunch of peppers this week because they were
so pretty on sale. So I needed to use those up, but I wasn’t sure how to make it work with lentils. I love stuffed peppers, so I figured it was worth a try.
I played around with the flavors a lot, but I was happy with where this ended up!
Lentil Stuffed Peppers
- 2 bell pepper
- 1 cup cooked lentils (1/2 cup dried)
- 1/2 cup canned diced tomatoes
- 1/2 red onion, diced
- 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/8 tsp of garlic powder
- sprinkle salt & pepper
How to cook lentils: 1 part lentils, 2 parts water. Boil for 30ish minutes or until soft. You can do that part ahead of time, if needed.
Once you’ve got cooked lentils to work with, this recipe is super simple! Saute your onions in a pan over medium heat until soft. I just sprayed the pan with a little olive oil- you won’t need much. While that’s cooling, slice the top off the bell pepper, and clean out the seeds inside. In a bowl, toss the lentils, onions, tomatoes, cheese and spices together until mixed. Scoop it into the pepper, and pop it into the oven at 350 for about 30 minutes, or until the pepper gets soft. Tip: Stick the peppers in a muffin tin, so they don’t tip over on a baking sheet.
Ahh, dinner. And a deliciously filling one!
I threw this dinner together pretty quickly, because Conor and I were going to the Richmond Comedy Coalition, which was featuring some “special guests” from the Tumblr office here. It was hilarious.
The improv team was great, and the Tumblr people gave them some funny material to work with. They do these shows every month, with different “Richmond Famous” guests, so I’m definitely planning on going again!