Saturday, July 27, 2013

Vegan Harvest Grain & Black Bean Stuffed Bell Pepper Boats

Sweet, colorful bell peppers filled with hearty yumminess!
These miniature bell pepper boats were inspired by Brainard Jones whose original Quinoa Stuffed Peppers recipe was shared by Stephen Poff to the Vegan Community on Google+. This very active online group provides insight on cruelty free animal lifestyle that is more than showcasing recipe links and mouthwatering food photography. If in depth conversation, humor, warmth, and respectful attitudes between members sounds like a beguiling cup of black chai tea, please join! They don't bite! Other communities to consider include Vegan Life (co-created by good peoples at Vegan Bloggers Unite), Vegan Recipes, and Vegan Breakfast. Period- created by Brian Patton, author of The Sexy Vegan.
As for the bite sized bell pepper boats, I used Trader Joe's Harvest Grains Blend Mix! It contains whopper ingredients like couscous, garbanzo beans, orzo, red quinoa, which delivers protein and fiber packed nutrients alongside added black beans. I didn't add Jones' corn, mushrooms, and spinach, but it still is epically delicious. Amazing as a snack (for dinner use larger bell peppers and roast them!), the simple creamy filling is embraced with nutritional yeast, lemon juice, garlic, and more for a savory sensational taste too good to pass up!
FYI: For a fresher taste- add sprigs of cilantro to each boat.

Mixed Harvest Grain & Black Bean Stuffed Bell Pepper Boats Ingredients and Preparation

1 cup Trader Joe's Harvest Grains Blend
1 1/2 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
3 tablespoon nutritional yeast
2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika

At $2.69 a bag, this is ten meals in one! Use according to package directions- boil water, add 1 cup of Harvest Grains Blend Mix, simmer and cover for 15 minutes.
Within last few minutes of cooking time, stir in black beans, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, garlic and onion powders, turmeric, salt, black pepper, and paprika. Simmer and cover for about two minutes more.
Ready desired amount of bell peppers.
Fill and enjoy!

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