Friday, March 28, 2008

Easy Dinners: Picadillo Bell Peppers

Happy Friday! Today's recipe is super simple! Im talking about a perfect recipe for Spring! Since bell peppers are at their peak right now, they should be on sale for around $1.00 a piece or even less! I got yellow, orange, and red yesterday for 98cents each!

Picadillo Bell Peppers
Grocery List:
6 medium peppers, preferably red and yellow
1 jar green and black olive pasta sauce
1 lb lean ground beef
2 small zucchini, scrubbed and diced
11⁄2 cups chopped onions
2 tsp minced garlic
1⁄2 tsp ground cinnamon
1⁄2 tsp cumin
1⁄2 tsp salt
1⁄2 tsp pepper
1⁄3 cup raisins
1 Tbsp cider vinegar
1 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp olive oil

How to make it:
1. Cut 1⁄4 off stem end of peppers; remove seeds. Stand peppers and tops in a microwave-safe baking dish. Add 1⁄2 cup water, cover with vented plastic wrap and microwave on high 5 minutes, or until peppers are crisp-tender. Stir 11⁄2 cups pasta sauce into water in dish.

2. Meanwhile, sauté beef, zucchini and onions in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, breaking up meat, 7 minutes, or until beef is no longer pink and vegetables are almost tender.

3. Stir in garlic, cinnamon, cumin, salt and pepper; cook 1 minute until fragrant. Remove from heat; stir in raisins, vinegar, sugar and remaining sauce. Spoon into peppers; replace tops. Cover tightly and refrigerate up to 2 days.

4. To bake: Heat oven to 400°F. Uncover baking dish; brush peppers with the oil. Bake uncovered 30 minutes, or until sauce bubbles and pepper tops are lightly charred.

**Make-Ahead Tip: Can be made through Step 3 up to 2 days ahead.

Nutritional Information:
23g fat
6g fiber
9 WW points

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