Baked Stuffed Jalapenos | Photo by HealthyandLazy
Jalapeno peppers are nature’s firecrackers.
They’re delicious diced, chopped, baked, fried and, best of all, stuffed! Our recipe today is an easy, cheesy concoction that’s perfect as an appetizer or snack. I saw the recipe over at Tried and Tested, and thought they looked worth a shot – and boy was I right.
The finished product has just the right amount of fire. It won’t blow up your tongue, but it will make you reach for a cool drink – and that’s exactly how you want them.
Jalapeno’s have between 2,500-8,000 heat units on the Scoville scale (that’s right, we’re dropping some science on this blog). The Scoville scale is a measure of capsaicin, the chemical that creates spiciness in a pepper. In tangible terms, the scale runs from bell peppers (roughly 0) at the low end to military grade pepper spray (around 5,000,000) at the top. I bring this up only to remind you that, while jalapenos can be an intimidating food for some, they are actually pretty darn mild.
Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet potatoes are the best. There’s really no two ways about it. They’re packed with vitamins A and C, protein, fiber, iron, calcium, etc. And, better still, it doesn’t take much work to prepare them. Before we get there, though, let’s talk about…
Sorry, the recipe is short, so it’s coming with a shameless plug for your neighborhood farmers’ market. Potatoes are root vegetables, which means (simply) they grow underground. They draw their nutrients from the soils around them, soaking up the good stuff they need, as well as the bad stuff we dump on them. There is overwhelming scientific evidence to show that these pesticides have negative effects on the human body. One way to avoid this problem? Buy your fruits and veggies, especially ones with edible skins (root vegetables, grapes, apples, etc), from your local farmer’s market. Most market vendors are organic, and they are usually at the market to field your questions. Most times, prices are comparable to your big box grocer, but the food will be fresher and healthier, and you’ll be supporting a local business in the process. Granted, talking about pesticides before cooking is unconventional, but these choices matter – both on a personal level and a global one.
So, you’ve got your potatoes from the farmers’ market and you’re ready to cook. Let’s go… Continue reading