I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love food that’s been thoughtfully prepared like hidden treasure such as dumplings, wontons, casseroles, & stuffed vegetables. Thanksgiving’s traditional turkey is not traditional without its stuffing & my mom made the best kind: a Vietnamese French fusion stuffing featuring pork, peas, carrots, onions, bean threads, mushrooms, & a whole lot more. I was so used to this stuffing that whenever I ate the traditional stuffed turkey, my body secretly yearned the “porkloaf” my mom made. Last year, I made one of the best stuffings I ever had & no animal was involved. Well, that’s not entirely true because I stuffed the turkey with my stuffing, but the point is the stuffing was vegan. While it doesn’t hold a candle to my mom’s “porkloaf” (oink oink!) made with some secret part of pig, my stuffing was still quite delicious.
While these hidden gem meals are more time consuming to prepare, I find that I would much rather have a well prepared bowl of dumplings & noodles than a simple grilled fish with a side of vegetables. No hard feelings if you disagree, but for all of my vegetarians/vegans/pescetarians/people who just want a nice Meatless Mondays meal, invest in stuffing! This recipe for Nutty Stuffed Peppers can easily be altered to one’s tastes & is naturally low in calories, bad fats, cholesterol, & low carb! It’s also gluten-free, so if you’re the 1% of Americans suffering from Celiac’s disease, have at it!
Nutty Stuffed Peppers
I’ll have you know that I set off 3 fire alarms & 1 carbon monoxide detector making this dish because the wax paper I had lied about being oven friendly. Regardless, I’ve previously made this dish for Josh, who gave it a two thumbs up. The texture from the cashews, mushrooms, & the crispiness from the baked kale make this dish full of exciting flavors & textures. Add more Autumn inspired flavors by tossing in some butternut squash or pumpkin! This is the fantastic recipe for potlucks, Saturday dinners, or an alternative Thanksgiving meal. So, whether you’re trying to set off fire alarms or impress your friends/significant other/family/pet, this recipe is really quite easy to do & a power food! With ingredients like quinoa, kale, cashews, & mushrooms–the epitome of “hippie” ingredients–how could you go wrong? Besides, if anyone gives you a hard time because you decided to pick up the hippie hipster ingredients, you can tell them there’s nothing hipster about science, betches. Besides, California may be ridiculed for its yoga & kale obsessed culture, but there’s a reason why it’s the 8th Least Obese State. Massachusetts, which is the 5th Least Obese State, also likes to plant collard greens the way my grandma plants roses: decorative.
So, laugh at the hippie hipster foods all you want, but it’s pure rationality that us quinoa + kale lovers are more likely to be healthier than the average American. Now excuse me while I go buy myself a Tiffany Blue yoga mat. +10 hipster points, -15 cool person points.