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Stuffed Banana Peppers with Cilantro Lime Sauce

Ingredients:

5 Banana Peppers sliced in half and seeded

½ cup Arborio Rice

1 ¼ cup vegetable broth

½ cup non dairy shredded cheese, I have used Havarti Wedge which adds more flavor or you can use mozzarella shreds but add a little jalapeño while cooking.

1 can black beans  drained and rinsed

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

 

Add rice and broth together in a pan and bring to a boil. If you choose to add jalapeño I use a ¼ here and add while boiling.  Let boil for 10 minutes then reduce heat and simmer covered for 10 minutes. (you may have to add more broth, cook until tender)

 

When rice is tender turn heat off.  Add non-dairy cheese to rice and mix well.  Then add black beans.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

 

Place sliced and seeded peppers in a 9 x 13 glass pan (or comparable).  Stuff with the rice.  Add a couple of tablespoons of water to bottom of pan so that peppers stay moist.  Cover with foil and  place in preheated 350 oven for approximately 20 minutes or until peppers are tender.  You can always cook 5 extra minutes without foil if you would like the peppers to brown a little.

 

Serve with cilantro lime sauce.

 

Cilantro Lime Sauce

 

2 small Serrano chilies seeded and chopped ( I have used jalapeños too)  Leave the seeds in for more heat.

½ cup lime juice

1/3 cup vegetable stock

1 bunch cilantro

2 cloves garlic

1 tsp. agave nectar

¼ tsp. salt (or more to taste)

 

Place all ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor until smooth.

 

This recipe is a family favorite.  Last summer when peppers were in abundance at the farmers market I was inspired to try to find a stuffed pepper that the kids would eat too.  The creamy risotto and the black beans is what make this irresistible. I did try this with a hot pepper for my parents and it was so hot my dad had a nosebleed!  If heat is what you like then I add jalapeño to the rice mixture.  If you like it on the cooler side then you can put your heat in the cilantro lime sauce and use less sauce or just omit all together.  Rich, flavorful and fairly easy to make, this will quickly become a favorite for you to share with your friends and family too!

  

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