If you are a fan of stuffed peppers, you will love this recipe that features fresh spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and of course, bell peppers! Remember, bell peppers are found on the Dirty Dozen list for containing high amounts of pesticide residue, so you may choose to buy local, organic bell peppers for this particular recipe. Found on FreshOrganicRecipes.com, this will definitely be a family favorite!
Orzo Stuffed Bell Pepper recipe
4 large organic red, yellow or purple bell peppers
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup Orzo
2 spicy chicken sausages, casings removed
3 tablespoon organic virgin olive oil
1 white onion, chopped
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped and drained
1 cup fresh organic spinach, chopped
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1 Jalapeno pepper, roasted peeled, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Sea Salt and Pepper to taste
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cut the tops off of the bell peppers and discard seeds. Rub bell peppers with 1 tablespoon of olive oil coating both the inside and the outer skin. Set aside in a baking dish. Bring 1 1/2 cups of chicken stock to a boil (reserve remaining 1/2 cup of chicken stock for later use), add Orzo, cover and simmer for 20 minutes without removing lid during the cooking time.
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, break up sausage into small pieces. Saute until browned, draining any excess oil when completely cooked. Add organic olive oil, onion, diced chili, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, celery seed, cilantro, Orzo and remaining chicken stock. Cook until heated and liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and salt and pepper to taste.
Stuff peppers with orzo mixture and place back in the baking dish. Sprinkle tops with Parmesan cheese. Add 1/2 cup boiling water to the dish and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the peppers are hot. Serve immediately.
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