Good morning! I hope you're all having an amazing weekend. Last week has been pretty busy for me, workwise, and I feel like I haven't stopped for a moment. I was dying to repeat my little weekend trip just like last week, but the truth is there was way too much that needed doing around the house: from cleaning to tidying, doing laundry, going grocery shopping...it felt like since I had contributed with nothing to organise the new house last weekend, I needed to make up for that time. I've got another trip planned for very soon, though.
Since the weather was miserable and rainy, and the sky was the darkest I've seen in ages, the trip was definitely not happening anyway, so I've decided to go to the supermarket and buy some groceries to cook something nice for lunch instead. I was way overdue on a grocery shopping trip, and I'd been craving stuffed sweet peppers for a while (I mean, who doesn't love stuffed sweet peppers, right?)
After buying all the necessary ingredients, it was time to get cooking!
I bought the sweet peppers in different colours: one red, one yellow and one green. My favourites are the yellow and red ones because they are the sweetest ones, but I do love the green ones if they're roasted in the oven with some sea salt...! Yum!
After cutting the tops off, it was time to stuff them with only good ingredients.
Spinach, red onion, leek, kale and a little bit of courgette - yes, I managed to make all of this fit in. Then, I topped it all off with the BEST vegan cheese in the world, and added some black pepper and chopped parsley on top. The peppers hadn't even been cooked yet, and they already looked and smelled delicious! I couldn't wait to try them all!
I can't talk about this vegan cheese and not mention it's brand and name. I'll admit it, I haven't tried many vegan cheese brands before, but out of the ones I did, this is by far my favourite! It's from a brand called Violife, and I swear to God it tastes even better than 'normal non-vegan cheese'. Plus, it melts really well if you're a sandwich-lover and you like to toast them.
Not only is it the best flavoured vegan cheese I've ever tried, (although it is very expensive), it's also a great source of vitamin B12 and it has absolutely no preservatives. It's made with coconut oil, and on top of that, it's dairy, soya, gluten, lactose and nuts-free!!! Can it get any better than that?
This brand sells the cheese both in a block and slices - at least that's what we have in the UK. Prices can vary, but this particular block costs around £2.20 per pack, £2.50 in some supermarkets. I know, I know...it's expensive, but so worth it.
For anyone who reads the label, I don't they'd be attracted to such an evident 'everything-free' approach, as most people tend to think that the product is flavourless if it's got 'nothing naughty in it'. But honestly, this is incredible and it tastes just like the real thing! ...Sold yet?
I've left the peppers in the oven for about 35 minutes. I don't tend to follow any recipe times, as I do most things by eye...what I'm trying to say is that I just check frequently, and once it looks cooked, I switch off the oven, let it cool down and hope for the best. That's normally what works best for me, and I don't just do it with oven-baked stuff. I do it with everything that needs to be cooked. I either taste it until I see it's cooked to perfection or I just look at the food and I can tell when it's ready. Don't ask me why or how I do it, it's just a system that works for me. Maybe it's a gift...haha!
As soon as the tops started to get a roasted colour, I took the peppers out of the oven and let them cool down. They smelled soooooo good!!! The cheese had melted to perfection, and as I was photographing them, all I wanted was to sit down and eat them right there and then. Yum!
The mixture of sweet flavours from the pepper and onion combined with a somewhat salty flavour coming from the cheese made this a perfect combo of flavours. I will definitely be making this recipe more often, next time probably being more adventurous when it comes to the toppings.
If you've never tried stuffed peppers, you should give it a go some time. The good thing about stuffed peppers is that you can be as creative as you want with the toppings. There's no right or wrong. Choose your favourite ingredients and have fun!
I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend. See you soon!