It was Sunday night. I just departed on my flight from Philadelphia airport and it was about 40 minutes until I landed in Providence. While flying, obviously the only thing on my mind was food. Immediately, I began to panic. Before I left my tiny apartment, I decided to empty my fridge completely. Sundays are meal prep days in my household and I had absolutely nothing in. Luckily, Trader Joes is in the same town as the airport so I headed straight there.
After the stomach attack of Thanksgiving, I knew I couldn’t eat anything buttery, heavy, or fall flavored. I needed something healthy and veggie-full (I think I just created a word). Have you ever made a stuffed bell pepper in the oven that turned into an acrobatic balancing act? I have. Plus, you end up either cutting up or throwing out the bell pepper anyway. This is such an easier way to get that flavorful meal without all the trouble.
- 1/2 cup long grain white rice (uncooked)
- 1 can crushed tomatoes
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 of a zucchini (chopped small)
- 1/2 of a yellow onion (chopped small)
- 3 mini bell peppers (orange, green, red)
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/2 tbsp. oregano
- 1/2 tbsp. basil
- 1 tsp. ground pepper
- salt to taste
Directions: (Easiest recipe ever)
- Bring water to a boil and add rice.
- Pour in crushed tomatoes and bring to a simmer.
- Finely chop zucchini, onion, bell peppers, and garlic and stir them into the stew.
- Put on the lid and allow to cook for 20-30 minutes until the rice is soft.
- Add oregano, basil, pepper, and salt and mix everything together.
- Ready to eat! This recipe makes about three servings (three lunches for me!)
Since I wanted something simple and light, I stuck to just using veggies with a rice base. However, normal stuffed peppers are delicious with ground beef. Also, you can use seitan or tofu to add a vegetarian protein if beef just doesn’t cut it for you.
I was very pleased at how easy and inexpensive this recipe is. Sometimes at lunch I really just want soup or vegetables and this is the perfect medium while still being enough to fill me up. While I do try and eat healthier options, I can’t deny my hungry girl tendencies. After all, I don’t think my coworkers want to see me hangry.