Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Laptop Lunches #13

Today was a much better day in the realm of lunch, if not so wonderful a day in the realm of work. It was just an okay day for work. So maybe the lunch makes up for it.

Blackberries, strawberries, and bananas (albeit poorly arranged; must work on that), key lime flavored mini cheese ball (from a mix bought, misguidedly, at a cheese shop in Oregon), stuffed egg, stuffed mini sweet peppers, snow peas, little orange tomatoes, and yogurt-based ranch dressing to dip the veggies into.

I made up the recipe for the stuffed mini peppers entirely on my own, and they were amazing!

Stuffed mini sweet peppers (serves about 4)

About 12 mini sweet peppers
About 1/4 pound ground beef
Salt
Pepper
1/4 small white onion, minced
1 celery stalk, minced
About 3-4 baby carrots, minced
About 3 cherry tomatoes, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 egg
Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Saute veggies and garlic until slightly softened in a pan sprayed with cooking spray. Mix beef, vegetables, garlic, egg, and salt and pepper with your hands in a small mixing bowl. Cut tops off of peppers and remove pith and seeds. Stuff beef mixture into peppers. Lightly oil a shallow baking pan. Arrange peppers in pan. Bake until peppers have softened and beef is cooked through, about 20 minutes.

Lesson for today: I've never eaten raw snow peas, but they're really nice raw! Also, they have the benefit of being purchaseable in tiny amounts, always a concern for the single woman not wanting to bore herself (or you) with an endless parade of baby carrots.

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