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Health Begins in the Kitchen:

Orzo Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe by Dr. Joanne Mumola Williams creator of

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wondering what to do with all that beautiful fruit. One easy way to use it is to make this delicious Meyer lemon li- quor, popular in Southern Italy where my family is

from. A

little liquor goes a long way, so here’s a recipe for a small batch. Feel free to double it and bottle the extra for giſts.

Requirements 8” X 8” casserole dish with cov er

Ingredients 4 large red bell peppers (4 lobes, 1/2 pound each)

½ pound whole wheat or glu ten-free orzo

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 cup diced onion 2 cloves garlic, minced ¼ pound crimini mushrooms ¼ teaspoon black pepper, or to taste

3 medium tomatoes, diced or one (15 oz) can diced tomatoes ¼ packed cup chopped fresh basil

8 pitted kalamata olives, thinly sliced

½ cup shredded mozzarella or vegan Daiya mozzarella shreds ¼ teaspoon salt, or to taste

Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

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Prepare the peppers. Select big, square peppers with 4 lobes on the bottom so that they will stand up nicely in the casserole dish. Fill a medium size pot with water and bring to a boil. You will be using this same pot for blanching the peppers, cooking the pasta, and prepar- ing the filling. I hate dirtying too many pots! Cut the tops off the peppers and remove the seeds. Boil, two at a time, for 2 minutes. Remove the peppers, leaving the boiling water in the pot. Drain the peppers well, and place in the deep casserole dish. Bring the water back to a boil,

add salt, and cook orzo accord- ing to directions. Make al den-

te. Drain the orzo,


and set aside. Dry the pot with a towel. Heat the olive oil in the pot and cook the onions for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for one minute. Add the

rooms until

mush- and

cook, stirring frequently,


soſten and release their mois- ture, about 5 minutes. Season with black pepper to taste. Add the tomatoes, basil, and

kalamata olives to the pot with ¼ cup of water and stir. If you are using a can of diced toma- toes instead of fresh tomatoes, you do not need to add water. Cook for a few minutes. Stir in the orzo and mozzarella cheese. Adjust seasoning if needed. Stuff the peppers with the

orzo mixture. You may cover and refrigerate at this point or add ½ cup of water to the bot- tom of the casserole dish, cover and bake in preheated oven until hot and bubbly, about 45 minutes.

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Remove from the oven and serve.

YIELD: Four Servings Nutritional Information (Per serving using Daiya vegan mozzarella shreds): 375 calories, 9 g total fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 101 mg omega-3 and 892 mg omega-6 fatty acids, 0 mg cholesterol, 11 g protein, 103 g carbohydrates, 12 g dietary fiber, and 425 mg sodium.

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