Happy Monday all! We had a wonderful weekend, jam packed with family time. Rick went to the zoo for the first time, we did some serious yard work and went out to lunch with one of Karl’s brothers.
I’ll start with the recipe for today for those of you that don’t feel the need to look through my family photos 😉 This is another one that I grew up with- stuffed peppers. There are a lot of versions of this recipe out there, but the bragging rights for this one come from its simplicity. With only a few ingredients and very little time, you can whip up a yummy meal! The only downside for us is that this is not soy-free. It is, however, dairy, egg and nut free!
While waiting for the water to come to a boil, start browning your ground beef in a large skillet, adding seasoning when partially browned. Once fully browned, add two cans of tomato soup to the meat and simmer for ~10 minutes.
The beef and peppers should ideally be ready around the same time. Place peppers into a 9 x 13 pan and fill with cooked beef. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Serve over rice and enjoy! You can easily increase this recipe by adding a 1/2 pound ground beef , 2 additional peppers and a little more seasoning, no need to increase the tomato soup quantity.
Now onto the family stuff! The zoo was so much fun, but Ricky was definitely not the animated kid you see shouting about each of the animals. He was very aware of everything and took it all in, not necessarily overwhelmed but definitely in awe of all the animals he’s only ever seen in books. The gorilla got the best reaction out of him- one of the animals was hanging out at the edge of his exhibit so we could see him really well and Ricky pounded his chest making gorilla noises! He also loved the seals- there is a tunnel at the zoo where you walk underwater and can watch the seals swimming all around you. They were especially active and I think Ricky could have stayed there all day to watch them swim over and around his head. As usual, many of the animals were napping during our trip, including the lions. When we pointed them out, the little man was very concerned that they were “broke”- gotta love the way kids think! A few fun photos from our trip!
Hope you all had a great weekend and are off to a good start to the week!