First my criteria for a good recipe:
- easy to find ingredients, nothing weird sounding!
- the list of ingredients cannot be too long
- the chopping, if needed, can be done in a food processor
- nutritionally sound
- easy to assemble
- easy to cook
- great taste
I added the ingredients (now remember it asked for a saucepan initially), and this is what it started too look like:
My concern grew (especially with the recipe calling for 2 cups of water plus all of this in a sauce pan) and I realized that I needed to do some intervention and make some common sense changes as shown below: (Transferred to a Large Pot!)
Now I am an hour into the recipe and I have picked up the phone to call my sister-in-law Donna, who is the family gourmet chef - laughing and asking her how I could make this recipe move quicker! The next step was to add cheese to the mix, then to chop the peppers in half and stuff them with this "sauce pan filler". Ready to eat? No... now bake at 350 degrees for an hour! Oh my.... oh my... starved and nothing to eat yet!
I am holding my head up (and looking pretty funky), thinking about Donna's suggestion: THE MICROWAVE... So there I am now nuking the peppers to cut down on the baking time, and then I stuff them. THANK YOU, DONNA! So I stuffed the partially cooked peppers and put them in the oven with the foil covering them.
But tonight it was delicious. If you were to serve it out of the oven (for those with more energy) it comes out looking like the above! New bullet point: minimal amount of dishes to be created. I sent Donna an email at 10pm and she wrote back that she threw out her identical recipe!
This should not discourage you out of the Vegetarian Times Recipes, but remind you to really read them thoroughly and ask yourself is that really a saucepan that they are using? I have made 5 of their recipes in the last 10 days and they were all excellent but this one - oh my... delicious but too involved for this crafty lady!
Has this ever happened to you?