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Love Changes Lives
God teaches, we follow. God layers each day of our lives with different flavors, various textures. Some are bitter on their own, some bland when isolated. But altogether, they nourish us and come together to make something that gives glory to the Creator, the Beloved. And in the season of waiting for that time, we come into our destinies. We learn who God has called us to be. We step out of our past and into our identity. It will be amazing to look back out lives and see what Love can do.
Over the years, many of my most favorite moments with my kids, and often our deepest conversations, have happened in the kitchen. Our newest son loves to cook with me and so I try to find recipes that are familiar enough to be appealing, and yet new enough to challenge his palate. He likes to learn new things and he loves to talk to me one on one. Cooking together gives us that.
I picked this recipe to make with him because it was the very first recipe I ever learned to make, start to finish, from scratch. I proudly served it way too many times as a teen because it was delicious, easy, and my first. I hope you’ll enjoy these un-stuffed peppers as much as I have!
- 1/2 lb brown rice (sautéed in oil, then boiled in water with 1 1/2 tsp turmeric and 1/2 tsp chili powder)
- 1/2 lb ground beef (grass fed, lean and rinsed)
- 1/2 lb ground sausage (to make this an “E”, just use a full pound of ground beef instead of sausage)
- 2-3 large bell peppers, diced (we used red, orange, and yellow)
- 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce
- 1 TB basil
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper*
- 1 tsp fresh ground pepper*
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- Start the rice cooking.
- In a large skillet, brown your meat(s). Drain and rinse off extra fat. Set to the side.
- In the same skillet, toss diced pepper pieces and sauté for a minute.
- Return meat.
- Stir in tomato sauce and spices, until well blended and steaming hot.
- Serve over rice.
- If desired, garnish with shredded parmesan.
- *In our family, we use 1 tsp cayenne and 2 tsp black pepper, but I’ve been told by many that’s just too spicy. This cut back makes it more palatable for most folks. So be sure to season with your family in mind!
- As written, this is a THM crossover meal. To make it an "E", be sure to use only grassfed beef for the meat, and to rinse the fat off of it well.