Stuffed Bell Pepper

I’m so sad that I can’t make this one by Shanti Ellis, I’m going to have to find a different pepper =)

Stuffed Bell Pepper

1 colorful bell pepper (orange or red look best for this, in my humble opinion)
dried black beans, pinto beans, or lentils (or you could save time and use canned beans like pinto or black)
shredded cheddar cheese
cilantro sprigs

If you’re using dried beans, this is a great time to start putting your homemade stock to work.  You still have to soak overnight (not if you’re using lentils), but when you’re actually cooking the beans or lentils, replace half or all of the liquid with stock.  It comes out much more nutritious and flavorful!

Cut your bell pepper in half vertically and fill with cooked beans or lentils.  Top with shredded cheese and place in the broiler.  Watch carefully since it can burn surprisingly quickly.  The pepper will still be somewhat crunchy, but the top edges will look slightly withered when done.  The cheese will also make a nice crust.  Bonus!

Garnish with cilantro sprigs and enjoy!  Done!  : )

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