Mexican Pepper Casserole
Look. There they are again. Black beans.
It is so weird – the minute the Papavore expresses his non-preference for black beans, I can’t get them out of my mind. I’m just being drawn to them and cannot stop preparing them. Luckily, the Papavore is being a good sport about it. But the fact that I keep knowingly forcing black beans upon my dad doesn’t mean I fail to take into account his own eating preferences.
The recipe posted here, you see, has nothing to do with the black beans. It’s all about the Mexican Pepper Casserole. I chose to make this recipe for my dad because of it’s lack of carbohydrates coming from grains, flours, or corn. He prefers to eat low-carb and because I apparently prefer to keep serving black beans against his will I decided I’d make up for my rudeness by choosing a recipe picked especially for him.
This hearty main dish or side dish consists of soft, sweet peppers and onions cooked in Mexican spices and topped with a tangy, creamy custard. It feels rich, heavy, and carb-y, but isn’t really at all. And we loved it.
Mexican Pepper Casserole (5 servings, adapted from The Moosewood Cookbook)
2 cups sliced onions
6 bell peppers (use a variety of colors), sliced
5 cloves garlic, minced
1.5 tsp cumin
2 tsp sweet chili powder
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp dry mustard
2 T whole wheat flour
2 large eggs
1 cup yogurt (non fat is fine)
1 cup sour cream (low fat is fine)
**you can use any combination of yogurt/sour cream equaling 2 cups
Preheat oven to 375*. In a large pan, heated to medium heat and sprayed with cooking spray, saute onions 10 minutes, until soft. Add garlic and bell peppers as well as cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and mustard and cook 6-7 minutes until all vegetables are tender. Add flour and cook 5 more minutes. Pour pepper mixture into a 10″ casserole (or equivalent) sprayed with cook spray.
Beat two eggs and fold into sour cream and yogurt. Pour over peppers. Sprinkle liberally with paprika. Place casserole in oven and bake uncovered for 35 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting and serving.
Total Fat 8.2 g
Protein 8.6 g