A cinco de mayo one stop shop is what this was. And in New York, that is sometimes all one can handle for a week. well me anyway. When I go, I dont understand how everyone else around me has like 4 things in their little handheld red baskets. I have one (full sized) cart stockpiled full of food–and kids. I mean, if you are going to brave the grocery shopping outing, at least get 2 meals people! To each their own I guess. Or maybe they do it the smart way. Maybe most people don’t consume the amount of food that the Clifford family consumes. Whatever the reason, I dont know if I will ever be one of those calm people I see with 1 tiny yogurt, 3 apples and a bag of chips standing in line for 20 min at trader joes.
Instead, I’m quite the spectacle. Jude bouncing in and out of the cart…with sample cups in both hands and 2 in the main cart…and then sweet Theo duck diving for the handle bar for a good place to suck. And then me, trying to make the most of my trip and time by standing in line WAYYY too prematurely while still trying to grab all the needed items from either side–all while constantly pushing theos mouth off of the bar with my forearm. ( not to mention those elderly/those without children who get my attention to inform me my child is sucking on the bar and maybe I shouldn’t let him do that ha)
My best Trader Joe’s trip thus far was when Jude fell asleep in the cart and theo was asleep in the stroller…and it was 4 pm. So there I was pushing both my sleeping babies in their 2 respective carriages. Oh man, everyone hated to be next to me. Bumping into everyone and everything I see for the lack of being able to steer straight. Meanwhile trying to get to the trail mixes/Trader Joe’s green box of granola bars so I could indulge. Acting of course as if I hadn’t eaten in days. I’m happy to announce that I did make it out that day. And I’m pretty sure I paid for delivery. Which was TOTALLY worth the $6.95.
Anyway, in general, here’s a quick run down of the Manhattan TJ’s. There are 33 registers fully staffed and the line itself could take 25 min. So if you forget one item and have to stand in line again!? Not worth it. AND then to have to then go home and spend hours in the kitchen??! Also not worth it. The middle ground?? Well…I’m not sold that there is a happy medium. However, these stuffed peppers come really close. Especially if you shop wisely and use portion control. Then you can freeze them and have left overs!
This probably took me a total of 30 min. Because all you have to do is open and plop in. And then tear open and plop in. And cut the sweet potato and cook the quinoa but that was easy.
I’m missing a few items. The sweet potatoes and the quinoa.
We are big fans of the Trader Joe’s brand of refried bean SALSA style.
It has a little tiny kick. Just enough for the flavor.
I mixed the beans and the tomato paste together….and then added the 1/2 cup water. Then pour that in with the sweet potatoes that were cooking, add the frozen corn, the Brussel sprouts shavings and done! Then you stuff. Topping with cheese and avocado if you please.
Once your peppers are stuffed, bake until soft! Since everything is already cooked, and there is no meat involved…all thats needed is to warm up and soften the peppers.
TJ’s Black Bean Sweet Potato Stuffed Peppers
SERVING SIZE: 4 stuffed peppers
PREP TIME: less than 10 min
TOTAL TIME: 30 min.
4 green peppers
2 sweet potatoes (diced and cooked)
1 cup quinoa (cooked)
TJ’s Mexican shredded cheese (handful)
TJ’s Shredded brussel sprouts (handful)
1, 6 oz can TJ’s tomato paste
1/2 cup water
1/2 bag TJ’s Frozen Roasted Corn
1 can TJ’s black beans
1 can TJ’s Refried Pinto Beans, Salsa Style
TJ’s Hint of lime seasoning
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Cut top off of peppers and hallow out
- Cook quinoa and sweet potato if not already done
- Dump black beans, refried beans, corn, Brussel sprout shavings, tomato paste, 1/2 cup water in medium saucepan. Heat until warm, add quinoa and sweet potatoes. Sprinkle with hint of lime seasoning to taste and or salt and pepper.
- Stuff peppers, top with the top and bake uncovered until the peppers are your desired softness. ENJOY!!
*Freeze in freezer bag is any are left.
my very own stuffed green pepper (aka those stuffed legs in those adorably tight green shorts)