Garden Recipe 4 of 20

Our garden produce has slowed down now that we're hitting the peak heat of the summer here in Houston. Peppers and jalapenos are all we have right now, but I hope to get a good fall/winter crop going soon. Today is all about using our yellow peppers. Yum!

Enchilada Porcupine Meatball stuffed Pepper Recipe
Enchilada Porcupine Meatball stuffed Pepper Recipe

Recipe No 5. : Enchilada Porcupine Meatball Stuffed Peppers (adapted from SouthernFood.About.com)

Our modifications:

- Leave out the onion and Worcestershire sauce. - Replace the tomato sauce with Enchilada sauce and double it. - Cut a pepper in half, lay in baking dish inside up, and place two of the meatballs inside. - Add 1 cup of rice to the sauce mixture and pour over meatballs before baking.

Beau sort of invented this recipe about a year ago and it's become a favorite in our house. We serve with sour cream and shredded cheese and drink with lots of milk since we like to use enchilada sauce on the spicier side.

The peppers I used are technically yellow peppers, but we've only had one fully ripen so far, so I used an unripe one and it tasted just fine.

Verdict: This is my favorite dinner and I love the combination of having it in the peppers. Beau and Alwyn love it too, but without the peppers. Ephram is a little more apprehensive because he isn't a big fan of rice, but he ate everything on his plate this time with the reward of a popsicle afterwards.

As an attempt to get my family eating healthier and from our garden, I'm on a mission to make 20 different recipes using ingredients from our backyard veggie, fruit, & herb gardens.  You can see the rest of my recipes here.  

Garden Recipe 4 of 20

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Mmmm.... I love a good tomato soup recipe.

Recipe No 4. :Classic Tomato Soup (found via Styleberry Blog)

I've used this recipe several times now, but this was the first time using fresh basil and thyme from the herb garden. When we eventually attempt to grow tomatoes again, I'd love to try making it with home grown tomatoes as well.

Verdict: Beau isn't a fan of tomatoes except in ketchup and salsa, so I made this on a day he was gone for dinner. I, of course, ate more than my belly could technically hold, and still had leftovers for days. I enjoyed ever last drop of this soup and will not let myself make it again until we restock our tupperware dishes so I can freeze some of the leftovers.

After years of me (& Daniel Tiger) reminding Ephram how good it is to try new foods, he actually gave it a go! He said he liked it, but didn't ask for any more than the first few bites he had. Alwyn actually liked it! But it sure was messy!

As an attempt to get my family eating healthier and from our garden, I'm on a mission to make 20 different recipes using ingredients from our backyard veggie, fruit, & herb gardens.  You can see the rest of my recipes here.  

Garden Recipe 3 of 20

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Our jalapeño plants have been producing like crazy lately!

Recipe No. 3 : Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Thingies

We've made these a few times before but always grilled. I don't know why I'd never tried them in the oven previously. Broiling them for a 1-2 minutes at the end really crisped up the bacon. With 4 giant jalapeño plants I have a feeling we'll be having these again! I paired them with rice in attempt to tame the anticipated spice a touch.

Verdict: Sooo yummy. I was sad when we finished them! The first few bites were a bit spicy for me, but Beau didn't think so at all. I didn't push the kids to try and they didn't seem interested.

As an attempt to get my family eating healthier and from our garden, I'm on a mission to make 20 different recipes using ingredients from our backyard veggie, fruit, & herb gardens.  You can see the rest of my recipes here.