The other day my sister was hungry for stuffed peppers but she doesn’t like to bite into peppers. We were talking about ways to make stuffed peppers without actually stuffing a pepper. What about stuffed pepper soup!? My husband has the same issue. He likes the taste of peppers in cooked food but to actually bite into a pepper is a no-go.
I found some recipes on Pinterest but to be honest, I put a spin on everything I make. I’m not a recipe follower. A rule follower yes, a recipe follower…absolutely not. So I did find some recipes buuuut I like my own 😉
I’m telling you, this soup is good! So good that the babies and my daughter have put their stamp of approval all over it! Now, the boys eat just about everything, but still they were “yum yum yumming” all over the place and signing “more” every time their brother was getting another bite. My daughter is on the picky side.
Another side note: parents, you’re working too hard if you find yourself making the kids “special kid foods” for meals. They can and will eat whatever you are making if you allow it to become the norm. These boys eat anything we are eating (unless it has dairy as they have a dairy allergy). I don’t make two meals for dinner. I also sympathize with parents of picky eaters. My daughter was a great eater until she was 2, then it went down hill. She’s getting better but still has a meat problem. Lately she has helped me cook which is helping her to feel comfortable around different foods and trying new foods because she’s made them. I’m with you in the trenches, parents. Sure I’m a dietitian and kids should (and will) eat healthy foods but I also understand and believe me, it’s not an easy job being a parent. Don’t make it harder on yourself by preparing “kid foods”…there’s no such thing. Kids can eat whatever you are eating if that is the expectation.
OK back to the recipe. I use grass-fed beef. If you can find a farmer who has a herd of grass-fed cattle, go for it! I’ll get into more of the health benefits of choosing grass-fed over corn-fed in another blog but for now just know that it’s better for you (and the cattle). This recipe also uses tomato soup. I use Campbells because it does not have milk in it (babies have a dairy allergy so we adjust accordingly). It does have high fructose corn syrup but I do not add any other added sugars to this recipe.
Stuffed Pepper Soup
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 pound ground, grass-fed beef (90/10)
- 1 large onion diced (almost to a mince)
- 6 cloves of garlic (minced)
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon basil
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon oregano
- 1 tablespoon parsley
- 1 green bell pepper (diced)
- 1 red bell pepper (diced)
- 2 cups shredded cabbage
- 1/3 cup quinoa
- 28 oz can diced tomatoes
- 10.75 oz can tomato soup
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 32 oz beef broth (beef stock would be wonderful as well)
- 2 cups cooked brown rice (I used a frozen bag)
- Heat a stock pot or large pot over medium high heat. Add canola oil and ground beef. Cook until beef is almost done and then add the onion and garlic.
- Cook until you see the beef is no longer red and then add turmeric, basil, black pepper, oregano, and parsley. Allow this to cook until the onions are almost transparent.
- Add red and green bell pepper and cook until they are tender.
- Add the cabbage and allow to cook for about 5 minutes until the cabbage cooks down and is tender.
- Add quinoa and stir completely through the soup. It doesn’t look like soup yet.
- Add the diced tomatoes, tomato soup, bay leaves, Worcestershire sauce, and beef broth.
- Allow to cook on medium low for 20 minutes.
- Add cooked brown rice and allow to cook for 20 more minutes.
- Serve with some sprinkled parmesan cheese.
- This could be a great crock pot recipe. I would brown the beef and then add all of the ingredients to a crock pot allowing it to cook all day.
- You could use ground turkey or chicken instead of beef. You could also make it vegetarian and omit all meat and add lentils or a small bean like black beans.
- Go ahead and add more veggies. Zucchini, yellow squash, carrots, more peppers, more onion, more tomatoes, spinach, kale…go wild!
- Add some cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper, or even jalapeños to the dish. I usually do but since the boys were eating this I laid low (not because babies can’t have spicy foods, because they can…it’s because my boys get heartburn with spicy foods right now).
- You can use just quinoa or just brown rice, or frankly any whole grain of your choosing. I prefer the blend of both quinoa and brown rice in this recipe.
- Most of the recipes that I post are gluten free. It’s not on purpose! See how many options you have if you do have Celiac??? You CAN have a flavorful and fulfilling diet without gluten. **Make sure you check the broth, canned soups, and spices for hidden gluten**
I made it more of a mix of stuffed pepper and stuffed cabbage (halupki) soup. Perhaps my next adventure will be Halupki Soup with sauerkraut to add that punch of tang. Who’s with me!? #slovaksunite #easterneuropeanfood #halupkiorbust