Swap meat for mushrooms for a healthier meal

Meaty portabella mushrooms
take the place of meat in these
vegetarian-friendly pepper
burrito bowls. Brown rice
and beans make a healthy yet
satisfying addition to the filling.

PEPPER BURRITO “BOWLS”

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 large red, green or orange peppers
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
  • 3 large fresh portabella mushrooms, diced
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 can (796 mL/28 oz) diced tomatoes, partially drained
  • 1 package Tex-Mex seasoning
  • ¾ cup (175 mL) canned black beans
  • ¾ cup (175 mL) frozen corn
  • ½ cup (125 mL) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Optional: chopped cilantro, diced avocado, sour cream, salsa

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C.
  • Cut peppers in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Place cut side up in a shallow baking dish. Set aside.
  • Cook brown rice as per package instructions. Set aside.
  • In a large frying pan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add diced portabellas and sauté 4 to 5 minutes, or until most of the moisture has been released. Add onion and garlic to the pan; sauté another 1 to 2 minutes or until fragrant. Add diced tomatoes, Tex-Mex seasoning, black beans, corn and cooked rice to the pan. Simmer, stirring occasionally, over medium-low heat until mixture thickens slightly; about 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Spoon rice mixture into each pepper half; approximately ½ cup (125 mL) in each. Sprinkle each pepper with shredded cheese. Cover baking dish with foil and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until peppers are softened.
  • Serve topped with cilantro, avocado, sour cream and salsa on the side.

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