To say that I haven’t had much time to spend in the kitchen lately would be a huge understatement. Life with a toddler and an infant is lively to put it mildly. I am not sure anyone could have prepared me for this adjustment. It has been a wonderful five weeks with my two little nuggets, but my normal schedule has been completely rocked.
5:00 is the baby’s fussy time and the toddler’s extra wild time. This combo makes it really hard to prepare dinner, so I have been making things that I can prep during nap time in the early afternoon and either pop in the oven for 20 minutes right before dinner or throw in the slow cooker. I am also really into one dish options lately.
This simple dish came together one of those days that was extra crazy. I had almost no groceries and wasn’t able to get to the store. My sweet friend called from Fresh Market and asked if I needed her to pick up anything. I asked for beef and chicken since I knew that would at least provide us with some protein for the next few days. She dropped it by like a grocery bearing angel, and I paired the ground beef with a few staples that I always keep in my fridge to make this easy and yummy weeknight dinner.
1 or 2 bell peppers
1 pound of ground beef or turkey, browned and drained
1 cup of salsa
2 cups of cooked brown rice
shredded cheese for topping
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Saute the chopped bell pepper in a little oil until it is just tender. My uncle grew this one in his back yard garden, and it was half red and half green – so pretty!
Add the cooked peppers, beef, salsa and rice to a baking dish. You can play with the proportions depending on your preferences or swap the brown rice for white rice, quinoa, barley, beans, etc.
Mix it all together! It is just like the stuffing of my favorite whole peppers that my Granny bakes all the time but in one big dish instead of scooped into individual shells. Ben is not a huge fan of bell peppers but likes them in small bits like this, so this dish is the perfect compromise for both our tastes.
Top it with your favorite cheese! Why does everything taste better with cheese?
Bake for 20 minutes uncovered and enjoy! This was delicious reheated the next day as well which is always a huge plus around here. I like to make a big batch of something at night, so we don’t have to worry about lunch the next day.
Have you tried any new quick and easy weeknight meals lately?
These are a few of my other favorites!