I think this is really clever doing a 'south west meets middle eastern' take on the idea. Especially since I'm turning this into a vegetarian dish. I'm always looking for really awesome (easy ) things to make vegetarian. My sister in law who spends a lot of time with us is vegetarian, as well as some really close friends we frequently have dinner with.
- 3 Bell peppers halved and gutted
- Any chopped up innards salvaged from peppers
- 1 1/2 cup cooked cous cous
- 1 cup sliced mushrooms
- 1 onion diced
- 1 big handful drained, rinsed, canned black beans
- 1 big handful drained canned diced tomatoes
- 1 cup canned corn
- minced garlic
- garlic powder
- chili powder
- red pepper flakes
Next prepare your couscous according to directions, and set aside.
Next we are going to prepare the filling. Start by sautéing the onions, peppers left over, and garlic- to soften about 5 minutes.
Then add the mushrooms and cook until softened.
Next add the corn, tomatoes and black beans along with the seasonings mentioned above. I just usually do a little dash of each just to flavor
Finally add in the couscous you have set aside
Fill them up ( I thought I was going to have way to much filling but I filled those bad boys up and it ended up being a perfect amount) & Top with cheese
Garnish with Cilantro, Green and Red onions, and some Sour Cream.
This meal came out amazing. I sliced the mushrooms big so that would be almost like the 'meat' of the dish, since there is none. And by slicing the peppers in half and leaving them open faced, rather than cutting the top off and stuffing them like typical stuffed peppers, makes a lot more.
I used large cans of tomatoes, corn and black beans. I would say you can get small cans of each and this would be a perfect amount for the 3 peppers sliced in half. I had a lot of left overs so what I did is made a black bean and corn salsa, with the left overs from the cans and some red onion and cilantro. I will be able to keep this in the fridge and use this for a few different things over the next few days. Even though there was a lot left over from this dish, it will not go to waste in this house!