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Mediterranean Stuffed Bell Peppers

Stuffed Mediterranean bell peppers in Palm Springs

A Mediterranean Delight:

Embark on a culinary voyage to the Mediterranean with our Stuffed Bell Peppers, a vibrant and healthy dish filled with the robust flavors of the region. This dish is a perfect blend of nutrition and taste, promising a delightful dining experience.

Ingredients:

  • 4 large bell peppers, assorted colors
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa or rice
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup chopped spinach
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped Kalamata olives
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley, for garnish

Shopping List (serves 4):

  • Bell peppers (4, large)
  • Quinoa or rice (1 cup, cooked)
  • Chickpeas (1 can)
  • Fresh spinach (1 cup, chopped)
  • Feta cheese (1/2 cup, crumbled)
  • Kalamata olives (1/4 cup, chopped)
  • Garlic (2 cloves)
  • Dried oregano (1 tsp)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh parsley

Preparation:

  1. Preheat Oven: Set oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Prepare Peppers: Cut the tops off the bell peppers and remove seeds. Drizzle the insides with olive oil and a pinch of salt.
  3. Mix Filling: In a bowl, combine quinoa/rice, chickpeas, spinach, feta, olives, garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil and mix well.
  4. Stuff Peppers: Fill each pepper with the mixture and place them in a baking dish.
  5. Bake: Cover with foil and bake for 30-35 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 10 minutes until the peppers are tender.
  6. Serve: Garnish with fresh parsley and enjoy the flavors of the Mediterranean.

These Mediterranean Stuffed Bell Peppers are a perfect way to bring the flavors of the region to your table, offering a healthy yet utterly satisfying meal that’s as colorful as it is delicious.


Sparkling Mint Lemonade (Non-Alcoholic)

A Refreshing Companion:

Complement your Mediterranean meal with a glass of Sparkling Mint Lemonade. This drink is a refreshing blend of zesty lemon and cool mint, perfect for rejuvenating your senses.

Ingredients:

  • Fresh lemons
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Sugar or honey
  • Sparkling water
  • Ice cubes

Shopping List (serves 4):

  • Lemons (4-5)
  • Fresh mint leaves (1 bunch)
  • Sugar or honey (to taste)
  • Sparkling water (1 liter)

Preparation:

  1. Make Syrup: Dissolve sugar/honey in hot water to create a syrup.
  2. Lemon and Mint: Squeeze lemons and muddle some mint leaves.
  3. Mix: Combine syrup, lemon juice, and muddled mint in a pitcher.
  4. Add Sparkle: Top with sparkling water and stir gently.
  5. Serve: Pour over ice in glasses and garnish with mint leaves.

This Sparkling Mint Lemonade is a delightful non-alcoholic option to pair with your stuffed peppers, offering a burst of freshness with every sip.


Classic Mojito (Alcoholic)

A Zesty Mojito to Savor:

Enjoy the classic Mojito alongside your Mediterranean fare. This cocktail, with its combination of rum, mint, and lime, is an invigorating match for the flavors of the stuffed peppers.

Ingredients:

  • White rum
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Limes
  • Sugar
  • Club soda
  • Ice cubes

Shopping List (serves 4):

  • White rum (1 bottle)
  • Fresh mint leaves (1 bunch)
  • Limes (4-5)
  • Sugar (small pack)
  • Club soda (1 liter)

Preparation:

  1. Muddle: Muddle mint leaves with sugar and lime juice in a glass.
  2. Combine: Add rum and fill the glass with ice.
  3. Top Off: Pour in club soda and stir gently.
  4. Garnish: Add a sprig of mint and a slice of lime.

The Classic Mojito is a fabulous alcoholic choice to pair with the stuffed peppers, its crisp and refreshing taste complementing the dish’s rich and savory profile.


Dry Rosé (Wine Pairing)

Rosé for a Mediterranean Touch:

Pair your Mediterranean Stuffed Bell Peppers with a chilled glass of Dry Rosé. Its light body and subtle fruitiness are a delightful match for the dish’s robust flavors.

Why It Pairs Well:

  • The acidity and freshness of the Rosé cut through the richness of the dish, balancing the flavors.
  • The wine’s subtle fruit notes complement the variety of ingredients in the stuffed peppers, enhancing the overall dining experience.

A glass of Dry Rosé not only adds an elegant touch to your meal but also harmonizes beautifully with the Mediterranean flavors, making each bite and sip a memorable experience.

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