I think we can all agree. Stuffed things are awesome.
Example: the piñata.
Now in the context of food, I tend to associate the word ‘stuffed’ with indulgence and decadence.
Think blue cheese stuffed burgers, cream cheese stuffed french toast and heavens, double stuffed Oreos.
But here’s the thing. You can stuff healthy stuff with other healthy stuff. Swear!
The stuffed peppers of my childhood were ground beef-y, with a hint of overcooked white rice and a sweet tomato soup type sauce. I’m not knocking them. I would gladly dive in to one right now to enjoy that warm, fuzzy feeling of childhood nostalgia.
This version is vegetarian and full of sophisticated grown up flavour and whole ingredients.
Mushrooms and barley are a classic combination and give this stuffing its meatiness, while kale is a perfect addition because it maintains its satisfying texture even when cooked. The creamy goat cheese lends a tanginess that balances the sweetness of the red pepper.
Developing this recipe has definitely inspired me to see what other healthy things I can stuff with healthy things. How ’bout you?