One of my favourite things to do for my loved ones is cook for them; especially those days that I have a couple of hours and have the luxury of "slow cooking," as I like to call it. Yesterday was one of those days that I actually had time to prep and really enjoy each step of a recipe without having to rush through each part. In our household, both my husband and I cook and I absolutely love the way this has worked out because it keeps our menus fresh as we are always alternating dishes and styles of cooking.
I grew up in a Argentine home and so our dishes were very much influenced in its European roots. Stuffed peppers was a dish we ate many times growing up and it's still a cherished one in my home, years later. I love that my son can now help in the prep work and help stuff the peppers himself, although I think he helps me so he can sneak a bit of the shredded cheese!
I usually make my peppers with rice but last night I tried orzo stuffed peppers from Giada De Laurentiis. I ended up tweaking it and taking my favourite things from each recipe as I still wanted beef in my version. You can find the original recipe here if you would like.
Here's my version:
1 1/2 cans of Italian tomatoes
1 zucchini, grated
1/2 cup of parmesan cheese
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 gloves of garlic, minced
1 cup of chopped onion
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups of orzo
8 oz. lean ground beef
6 sweet bell peppers (red, yellow)
3/4 cup of shredded mozzarella
Enjoy or as we say in Argentina, "buen provecho!"