Easy Halloween Dinner Idea: Jack-O-Lantern Stuffed Peppers

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Halloween is a busy day. You pick you’re kids up from school. They’re excited. They’ve probably already been pre-sugared up at school, you’ve probably had your share of treats from the potluck at work. Halloween is one of those days parents want something hot and fast. I feel your pain! Instead of dialing your favorite pizza delivery spot, or pulling up to the drive-thru at McDonalds, try these stuffed peppers! They’re just like regular stuffed peppers, except you carve a cute (or scary) little face into them before you bake them 🙂

This recipe is free from…..ALL of the top allergens! yayyyy (how’s that for a treat?)

  • Peanut/ Tree Nut Free
  • Egg Free
  • Gluten/ Wheat Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Soy Free
  • Fish/ Shellfish Free

Ingredients

1.  4 Orange Bell Peppers (I used 4 but there is no specific amount. Use as many as you need for your family.)

* Cut the tops off, remove seeds and ribs, and use a small knife to cut your jack-o-lantern faces before you start. Don’t make the eyes/mouth too big! You don’t want all your yummy stuffing to fall out.

2.  1 lb uncased italian sausage

3. 2 cups of cooked long-grain white rice

4. *Optional* 1/4 cup of Tomato Sauce

5. *Optional* Shredded Cheese

6. Salt, Pepper and Garlic seasoning (to taste)

The good thing about this recipe, is that you can pretty much stuff these babies with whatever you want. You can add beans, chili, ground beef, chicken, onion, corn, breadcrumbs or zucchini. It’s totally up to you. If you can’t use cheese because of a milk allergy/intolerance, it’s okay! They’ll still be just as cute and just as delicious. I promise.

You will need:

– A large bowl

– A few drops of Olive Oil

-A baking sheet

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. In a large skillet, break up and brown your sausage for about 5 mins (if you’re adding any extras like onions or zucchini, transfer your sausage to the large bowl after cooking.

Add a few drops of olive oil and add your veggies)

3. Add your rice, tomato sauce, seasonings and any other optional ingredients (like cheese or breadcrumbs) to the bowl. Mix well.

4. Brush a small amount of olive oil to your baking sheet, fill your peppers with the mixture, and arrange the peppers onto your baking sheet

5. Bake for 30 mins or until peppers are tender

6. Enjoy!

*Tip* If you’re adding Chili or Tomato sauce to your peppers, remember you don’t want your mixture to be too watery. After baking, your pumpkins will be very messy because the mixture will leak through your jack-o-lantern’s face. You don’t want your little jack-o-lanterns to look like they’re barfing lol

Happy Halloween, food allergy families! Be careful  and have fun out there 🙂

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