Instant Stuffed Peppers – Easy Caregiver Special

I have all but quit fancy cooking, since I have squeezed my life into a style that saps the energy from my body rendering it a liability that the spirit must coax into operation each day.  Inwardly, I am refreshed. Outwardly, I am perishing along with my precious husband. (High drama here. Continue on, please.) (If you want to speed up the aging process, deprive yourself of sleep on a regular basis.) I trust that Jesus will make this body of mine last until my journey ends. This is the way I want it. I like my job. And, yes, I hope my body will snap back for me, as I enter the next season of my life, and my sleeping patterns become normal again.

Mini Meal for Johannes and Me

Here is my INSTANT version of stuffed peppers! In other times, I used fresh onions and garlic, and often fresh herbs. And, I made a sauce of my own rather than using canned juice. Now, I use dried herbs and dried onions, which saves time and limits work. Shaking little containers of spices and herbs into the meat is easy and turns out a delicious meal. If you don’t care for spices or can’t use them, your instant stuffed peppers will take even less time. God made peppers and ground beef full of flavor of their own. No help needed.

Green Peppers:
1.  Remove stems from peppers. (I used one pepper. Ha!) Cut peppers in half and clean out seeds.
2.  Boil a pan of water large enough to cover the peppers. Do not overfill the water with peppers.
3.  Plunge the peppers into the boiling water, in batches, if necessary, for 3 or 4 minutes each.
4.  Pour V-8 or tomato juice in the bottom of baking dish large enough to hold peppers. Reserve some juice for a finishing touch.
5.  Place parboiled peppers into baking dish.

Watching Netflix on computer while working. 🙂

Hamburger Mixture:
1.  Place in a bowl as much hamburger as you wish. (I used about 2/3 of a pound, very small amount.)
2.  Shake in thyme, sage, oregano, basil, rosemary, salt, and pepper, to taste. (I used only a few shakes.)
(Herbs and spices are optional. Substitute any that you like or use none.)
3.  Add dried minced onion. (I used about a tablespoon for my mini meal.)
4.  Add a squirt of ketchup or Worcestershire sauce, to taste, more or less, as preferred. (I used ketchup.)
5.  Add one egg (or two, or three, according to amount of hamburger). (I used one egg.)
6.  Add a small amount of oats, or bread crumbs, or rice, or crushed crackers, or whatever. (I used about a tablespoon of rolled oats.)
7.  Mix well.

Fill peppers with hamburger mixture. Pour a small stream of V-8 or tomato juice over top of stuffed peppers. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 55 – 60 minutes, or until meat is brown and juice is bubbling.


About Carol Ann Ritchey

Life is good because God is good.
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22 Responses to Instant Stuffed Peppers – Easy Caregiver Special

  1. Laura Best says:

    Carol Ann, it’s nice to see a post from you from time to time. You are an inspiration to us all. Your instant version of stuffed peppers sounds great. Thanks for sharing the recipe.


  2. Patricia says:

    I love stuffed peppers. I have them often and leftovers are good to take to work for lunch. My recipe is pretty much like yours unless I am super lazy then I have Stouffers.


  3. The key is step 3 which many people omit. Unless of course you likem crunchy. Chef Emeril uses garlic and onion but Chef Mario insists you choose one or the other. I go with Mario. I always preferred garlic as it enhances the food flavor but onion overpowers it.


    • I like peppers soft in this recipe, crunchy in some others. I have never considered the issue Chef Mario presents. I agree. Anything that I put onion and garlic in tastes more like onion than garlic. Think of garlic bread – only garlic – and such a wonderful flavor. Chef Mario makes a valid point. I see why you agree with him. I may try my recipe without onion. I might like it better simply because I love the taste of garlic. Thanks for another great cooking tip. You must be a very good cook, Carl! Blessings to you…


  4. pattisj says:

    I love the smell of stuffed peppers cooking. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your recipe. Take care, blessings to you!


  5. JannatWrites says:

    This meal looks yummy. I am very familiar with the shortcuts (dried spices or even pre-cooked meats) – I have to use them often. Fresh always tastes good, but I’m glad the shortcuts help you get a nutritious dinner on the table.


    • A working mom must judiciously monitor her time. I am surprised at how delicious foods can be, even with shortcuts taken. I really can’t taste a lot of difference. How dare I say that! But time is all we have to spend on our priorities. Life is what it is. Blessings to you, Janna…


  6. Sharmishtha says:

    please go a little easy on yourself. you should not ignore your health, and rest is essential. the meal sure looks mouthwatering. 🙂

    the beauty of your soul and its spirit never ceases to amaze me.

    lots and lots of love.


    • God gives strength for the battles of life. If I stay engaged in the power source, I’ll get through it okay. On days that I wander away, I shrink into oblivion, until I flee back to Jesus. God is faithful. Thank you, Trisha, for being such a friend. Blessings to you…


  7. fivecats says:

    A fancy version of stuffed peppers with the herbs and spices. 🙂

    Hope you are continuing to do as best as you can. God finds a way to refresh us regardless of the number of hours we sleep/don’t sleep. Many blessings and prayers.


  8. Bonnie says:

    What a delicious-sounding recipe Carol Ann, it’s now in my plan to try this very soon! I can only imagine how exhausted you are – but know you wouldn’t have it any other way. You are both in my prayers, my friend.


  9. CMSmith says:

    I think meal preparation is one of the toughest things for mom. She just runs out of energy. And it’s particularly hard because dad has trouble eating many things.

    You are doing such an admirable job. Rest when you can. Cut yourself some breaks with shortcuts.

    Thinking of you.


    • Thank you for kind words and encouragement. My husband has a hard time eating foods, too. I put his meat in the food processor and add a little gravy to it, and I have to thicken all his liquids. I admire your mother. I am many years younger than my husband. I cannot imagine doing this job if I were the same age as he. Yet, like your mother, many women do it. Men, also. Blessings to you, Christine…


  10. I love peppers but most often just pop raw strips of them into sandwiches, or stir-fry them diced with chicken and serve over rice. I rarely seem to stuff them but this recipe sounds scrumptious. I’ll have to try it.

    I’m sorry to know you aren’t getting much sleep. It’s hard to function when you’re tired, never mind the risk of getting run down and ill yourself. I wish I lived close enough to do the night shift for you, so you could get one good night of rest every so often. I keep you in my prayers.

    “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:29-31)


  11. I like peppers sliced on sandwiches, too, and in a stir fry over rice. Peppers are versatile, nutritious, and delicious.

    You are so kind to be willing to do a night shift for me. My advantage over the nursing home staff is that I have only one patient. The nursing home staff has one advantage over me. They have the night shift to take over so they can sleep until morning.

    What a perfect Bible verse for the weary soul. And, it’s true. I get very tired, and then I recover. When I see that I feel strong again, I marvel, because I know there could be only one reason. “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”

    Thanks for stopping by. Blessings to you, Carol…


  12. Tammy says:

    I love to make these for my grandmother and always do a few extra to freeze for future meals.


    • I should make extra to freeze for later. I almost always make enough for two days, but this time I didn’t, because I used part of the pound of hamburger the day before. I just didn’t have enough hamburger to make more. Blessings to you, Tammy…


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