Veggies + Lemongrass Wild Rice Stuffed Peppers - FOOD PHOTO SHOOT

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Stuffed peppers, my friends, that’s what today’s all about.

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Making this recipe made me realize that I seriously need to use lemon grass more. It’s so amazing! I’ve only used lemon grass once that I can think of and that was in this stir-fry recipe that was so good by the way, and that wasn’t even fresh it was dried. Other than that I’m pretty certain I’ve only ever tasted it in Trader Joe’s spring rolls when they finally put a store near Nashville that was near enough for us to shop at. Don’t you just love TJ’s? I used their Sprouted California Wild Rice mix for this recipe. Normal wild rice will do just fine. I just think California rice makes it sound more fun.

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Oh, speaking of good old Cali, my trip to San Diego is getting really close and my sister and I are super excited. I’d love it if anyone has a recommendation of where we should eat, or fun things we can’t miss. The one time I’ve ever been there aside from airport stops, was when I was too young to remember most of the trip so this will essentially be my first time. How I managed to reach the ripe old age of 21 without visiting is beyond me, especially since my parents are from there. Although, growing up so much nearer to the East coast I can understand. If you have a big family you can probably understand too, why we’d end up driving to Florida for vacations instead of flying the whole gang all the way to California.

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Another thing I realized while making this was that I don not use my spiralizer nearly enough and I really need to do some recipes with it soon Stay tuned for some zoodles, spoodles, and anything else that sounds like it came straight out of a Doctor Suess book. I’m thinking a salad with zucchini noodles would be good.

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Okay, so for this recipe I honestly got a little lazy and used the cooked rotisserie chicken, which is what I had on hand, but that’s completely optional. You can replace it with beans, tofu, or tempeh. (I’ve actually never had tempeh but I was eying it at the store a few days ago. Is it any good you guys and should I try a recipe with it?) But anyway, without adding chicken this recipe becomes vegetarian and it can easily be completely vegan by using dairy free cheese in place of the cheddar or just skipping it altogether. Oh hey, and it’s gluten free too. Win, win!

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My brother-in-law has talking about these stuffed peppers that I made ages ago, and I honestly don’t think I’ve made any others since then. I know, that’s really a shame, right? Well, I’ve definitely been inspired to up my pepper game because these turned out to be a very popular recipe. And can I just say that roasting veggies is basically the best thing ever. You notice this in things like garlic and peppers the most I think, but any veggie that you roast just comes out about ten times more flavorful. It’s pure magic.

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My mom actually preferred the eating the rice filling for this recipe on its own and she added some corn to hers. In fact, I was planning to add corn to this but as I was making it I realized the addition of corn what probably push the summery-ness of this recipe too far for February so I changed that plan and added some pepitas instead and it worked really well, however feel free to add corn to these too. I’d recommend changing up the filling as much as you want and use what you like.

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Veggies + Lemon Grass Wild Rice Stuffed Peppers


A simple mixture of veggies and wild rice cooked in olive oil gets stuffed into sweet bell peppers for a healthy gluten free meal that can also be prepared vegan.

Ingredients

8 ounces (about 1 1/4 cups) wild rice + 1 1/2 cups water
2 small (peeled) stalks lemongrass
1 teaspoon salt
6 medium sweet bell peppers
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 large tomato, diced
2 medium zucchini, (spiralized or chopped)
salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon sriracha
1/3 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds), plus additional for topping
1 cup vegetable stock (or chicken if not vegan)
1 1/2 cups, shredded cheddar cheese (or non-dairy cheese)
1 cup cooked rotisserie chicken, (use beans, tempeh, or tofu for vegan)

Instructions

Bring 1 1/2 cups of water, lemongrass stalks, and 1 teaspoon of salt to a boil over medium high heat. Add the rice and reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for about 25 to 30 minutes until liquid is absorbed. (It won't be quite done, but that's what you want.) Remove lemongrass stalks and set rice aside.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 C). In a medium to large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat and add the garlic and pepitas. Stir over heat for 1 to 2 minutes until fragrant then add the tomato, zucchini, sriracha, partially cooked rice, stock, chicken (or beans) and 1 cup of cheese. Remove from heat and prepare the peppers.
Cut off the tops of the peppers and remove the seeds. Divide the rice filling among the peppers and sprinkle the with a handful of pepitas.
Place the peppers in a baking dish (I used a cast iron skillet to bake mine but a glass baking dish works fine) and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until peppers are starting to get dark spots and look all crinkled. Remove from oven and sprinkle the tops with the remaining cheese and serve hot.

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The recipe looks delicious from the ingredients
Beautiful pictures .. amazing
Thanks for sharing the recipe with us

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Oeh that looks very tasty!

If it's easy, I'll also cook this dish.

I hope you do, thanks so much

What a colorful idea, this is my kind of dish - Gorgeous!!

That's so sweet, thanks @mamaloves!

This kind meal is not something that I would typically go for, but these look amazing!

Wow these pics are gorgeous, so full of color - always amazing

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Looks tasty @gringalicious. My grandma used to make these when I was little, minus the cheese, of course.

Step by step cooking with pictures - my kind of blog post!

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Bon appetit!
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Oh, awesome. Thanks @kotturinn!

Thanks for sharing I am going to have to try and see if I can make them... but the images look great.

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When I look at this wonderful dish I get really hungry!! :D

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well I love the presentation and the recipe looks new and I think it looks great!

I hope you can taste it @keensleigh!

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i love the recipe and it looks so fresh

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Looks so amazing~ inspired me to stuff fried noodles into papers;)

Wow I would’ve never thought to put these ingredients in stuffed peppers!! I will give these a try, everyone needs variety in their diet!! Thanks for posting, i am new to steemit and I’ve been looking for the right food pages to follow! I have posted my own recipes too!

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It’s looks so delicious... very colourful food... thanks for sharing .

You're very welcome @prova!

An array of highly nutritious veggies supposedly loaded with lots of vitamins.

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You are an expert. Adding lemon grass to a recipe adds more flavor to it and brings about a better taste and a lot of health benefits

Great post and lovely food! 😊

Very sweet @annaskitchen!

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They look delicious! I make them stuffed with rice and ground beef :)

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These look delicious! I haven't done stuffed peppers in quite a while, so now I want some! You should absolutely try tempeh. I love it and use it frequently in my kitchen! It's a wonderful source of protein for us plant-based folks. 😀

tempeh, I will look into that, thanks for the inspiration @plantstoplanks

I look forward to seeing what you create with it. 😀

Nice! I shouldn't look at this hungry. Lemongrass grows so easily here almost weedlike, and has an African equivalent. Gluten, please give me more, nothing wrong with that as a vegetarian we need it. Don't put in the corn it might be GMO - well definitely in the emerging worlds. Pepitas what are those? Yummy going to do this soon.

Pepitas are pumpkin seeds, and they are yummy. Thanks for the great commenting @bentech8

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Oh lord that looks so mouth watering! Nice photos as well!

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I am so glad I am able to inspire, thanks for telling me @foodmaster

nice food i like it thanks for sharing this photographer best of luck my dear friends..

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Wow! The colors are beautiful and it looks delicious!! I usually stuff them with rice, meat , a few spices and nuts and seeds:) never tried it with lemongrass! Sounds tasty!!😄

I do hope you give it a try, I am certain you'll like it @cooknbake

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Great information post really like your posts keep posting

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Look tasty and delicious so thanks for recipe, i will definitly try it

thanks so much, I hope it works for you!

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I just like everything about this! Starting with the recipe. But the presentation and story plus the way you breakout the recipe is really approachable. Bravo!

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看着很好吃

@gringalicious did you get the idea of doing this post from @allasyummyfood? She did a vlog recently about stuffed peppers!
Both of your content are fantastic! And leading the field in food and creativity!
We love the idea of putting in different types of grains, nuts and other bits and bobs. Looks mouth-watering and luckily it's lunch time here :)

I'd like to think Alla and I are good friends, and you are absolutely correct, her content is amazing. Of course she is inspiring, on many levels. However, I actually mentioned this in my post, I was inspired to do these by my brother-in-law. Thanks so much for the kind words @travelling-two

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Thanks for the recipe! I love the peppers, be sure to cook!

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Wow it look's really Delicious

Stuffed with love and joy this seems really a delicious one :)

Thanks for sharing

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Nice!! Stuffed vegetables are a big thing where I am from. Dolma rules. Like the recepie.

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You should definitely use lemon grass more often😀 Did you know that lemon grass is one of the main ingredients in vietnamese cuisine? We use it in meat dishes especially with beef, it twists up a taste of meat 😉

I definietly need to learn more about vietnamese cuisine for sure. thanks so much for the info @xuanito

You're welcome, have a nice day! 😊

very nicely done. I like these dishes.

thanks so much for commenting on my post

Wow i like this,but i dont know how to make this food @gringalicious

read the recipe @grandeur, I know you can do it

Hi my dear! You made me hungry with these stuffed peppers! Really looks so good! I made it one day but I stuffed them with meat.

I think that would be an awesome post @creativewoman, you should give it a try

Very delicious item.Your are the best item maker.It is so intelligent work.I appreciate this.
Thank you i will wait for your next recipe

It looks delicious! Looking at the photos makes me hungry!

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Delicious! And I really like that we can see your cool cast iron skillet in the shot too! Keep up the excellent work girly! :-D

I am glad you liked that. The iron skillet is in high use in my house. thanks so much for the great comment @wisekricket

You are making me want to eat bell peppers... great photos

That's awesome, thanks so much @rebeccabe!

@gringalicious Do you think it would work with green capsicums as well? Im sure it would :P

I actually do not know. Give it a try and let us know @backstagepass

Yum that's amazing

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Thanks @gringalicious. It is simply a good inspiration for me.

Thanks for sharing foodphotography as well as its recipe, love it @gringalicious. at the time of mid night now i feel much hunger to see it.
Veggies + Lemon Grass Wild Rice Stuffed Peppers
Wonderful Photoshoot.

I really appreciate it @rabeel!

Wow that looks amazing :) I am always looking for new recepies. Will try that for sure. thanks for sharing

Nice food photography..