Yesterday afternoon someone mentioned stuffed peppers and it made me want to eat some. I have NEVER made it before and had just gone to the grocery store and purchased everything to make it (purely coincidental). So, I decided to give it a shot IN THE MICROWAVE. I have never cooked ground beef in the microwave so this was a couple of "firsts" for me. And this is what I did.
I used the power chef to mince up carrots, celery, onion, and garlic. I then added a whole tray of fresh mushrooms and minced it all up last. I originally wanted to make this a purely vegetarian dish and decided at the last minute to throw in a lb of ground beef. Why not?
I cut the green bell peppers in half and seeded them. I placed them in my stack cooker. I had to cook it in 2 separate batches because I didn't think to measure them at cutting time. So some were too high and the medium bowl wouldn't fit on top of the deeper one.
After mixing all the stuffing ingredients together, (I added a little A1 steak sauce, ketchup, salt and pepper to it) I stuffed the peppers using a small spoon. I covered the stack cooker and cooked each bowl for about 15 minutes each and left it covered to stand about 5 minutes. I had a little extra meat stuffing left over so I made 3 small stuffed cabbages. See pictures.
These came out SO GOOD. I did not add water to the stack cooker. The juices came out of the meat and veggies and I couldn't believe how good this tasted and how FAST it was to cook. Had I cut the green peppers to fit the stack cooker bowls, I could've done it all in about 20 minutes.
Total prep time: 15 minutes.
Total cook time (2 separate bowls): 25-30 minutes.
I also made a quick cauliflower rice stir fry with a little sesame oil, salt and pepper to go with the stuffed peppers. As you may already know, I use the power chef to "rice" my cauliflower.
After dinner was done, we only had the stack cooker bowls, cooking utensils, power chef, and dinner plates to wash. No big and heavy pots or bakeware. And we ate dinner by 5 pm and was in bed by 8. A FIRST in this house.
Again, the stack cooker is on sale until May 29th for $75 (normally $114). As you can tell by my recent blogs, this stack cooker is worth every penny. I use it almost every day! Enjoy!
I decided to make spaghetti entirely in the stack cooker in the microwave. I normally would use the microwave pasta maker to cook the noodles and do the meat sauce on the stove top. But since I'm on a roll with the stack cooker I figured, why not cook the entire meal that way? Had I used elbow macaroni or tortellini pasta, I could've probably cooked it the entire meal at one time. But, I was using whole wheat spaghetti.
I took 1.5 lbs of ground beef and put it in the slotted bowl of the stack cooker and placed this on top of the medium stack cooker bowl. I cooked the meat for about 10 minutes and took it out. After just 10 minutes, this is the half cooked hamburger. What I LOVED about this was the fat and grease drained from the meat. Made my life just a little bit easier. Conventional stove top cooking would require me to carry my heavy pot to the sink and drain all the fat and put the pot back on the stove. This was SO much easier! In order to drain the fat completely, I would have to move the meat into a colander and strain and then put back in the pot.
Here's the nasty fat that drained from the ground beef. This went down down the drain and the pot was washed and put away. Nice!
I put my whole wheat spaghetti in the pasta maker and filled to the appropriate water line. I put the pasta in for 15 minutes (NO COVER). While that was cooking, I took a spatula and broke the ground beef apart so it wasn't big clumps of meat. The meat was not fully cooked which was fine. It was partially cooked. I transferred the meat to the large stack cooker bowl.
I mixed in my chopped onions, tomato, celery, tomato, garlic, and olives to the mixture. I chopped all of those ingredients up in my power chef which took about 7 minutes total. As you can tell, I love to hide veggies in my meals. After mixing everything with the hamburger, I added a 28 oz can of spaghetti sauce and smoothed everything down in the bowl. I add salt and pepper at the end because the salt dries out the meat during cooking.
At this point, my spaghetti was half way done (6 minutes). I paused the microwave and stirred the pasta around to ensure there was no clumping and cooked it for the rest of the cook time. When it was done, I removed the pasta maker from the microwave and placed the cover on top and let it stand.
I then placed the spaghetti sauce mixture into the microwave for 18 minutes with the cover on (not vented which means the handles are all lined up straight).
I drained the pasta by holding the cover on the pasta maker and tipping over. The pasta maker has built in holes that allow you to drain it right in the container! Then I set it on the table for dinner.
We set the table and put the garlic butter crescent rolls in the toaster oven for 13 minutes. As soon as the spaghetti sauce was done, so was the garlic bread. We brought it all out to the table and had dinner. We were done eating by 5:10 pm. (I got home from work at 4:00!)
I can't say enough good things about this stack cooker. I love this more than I love my microwave pressure cooker. And if you've been following me online, you know how much I love that pressure cooker. More pics below. Enjoy and thanks for reading!
I have an old friend from the 6th grade. He has had a pretty hard life. He now gives back to his community (he lives in gov housing) by training the kids in his area and help keep them off the streets. His son just won the state championship and is now on his way to nationals. They are supposed to be there in JUNE and they need about $5000 to get him, his son, and his wife there. He’s been with his wife as long as I’ve been with Romel (over 20 years). If he can raise $4000, that will cover him and his son. The extra $1000 is to help get his wife there too. She’s played an integral part and hopes she can go. But right now, she’s focusing on her husband and son to make it there. This could change their entire lives and I pray they manage to raise the funds.
If you can donate, then awesome. If not, no problem. I want to help get the word out and help get Glenn Boy to the Nationals!! The Go Fund Me link is below. Please check it out!
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