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Searching for Wow is back! We took a long break because Wing and I just bought a house! So we’ve been incredibly busy moving and working on it to make it ours. We’ve finally come to a point where we can relax some, so that means better meals and blogging about them again.

During our move, Wing and I made the decision to start eating healthier. That means I’m planning to incorporate one vegetarian meal a week and reducing the amount of red meat. I had started putting this plan into action, but I hadn’t really thought about the blogging side of it until recently when I went onto Paul McCartney’s official site to check out concert information. I was clicking around and discovered Meatless Mondays

(Side note: Paul McCartney’s coming to San Diego for the first time in over 30 years! Woot! Too bad I won’t be going since I just bought a house and am now too poor. Oh well. Mars and I saw him live in Vegas so I’ll survive.)

Granted, I’m not becoming vegetarian. I’m simply too picky of an eater. Those so-called “replacements” for meat – eggplant parmesan, tofu “chicken,” Portobello mushroom burgers – all disgusting to me. Give me the meat over the vegetables. I may die earlier from the fat content, but I’m pretty sure the horrible taste factor would shave days off my life too, so I think I’m about even there. Anyway, in an attempt to be healthier, I’ve decided to jump on the band wagon with this “Meatless Monday” thing. And I’ll post my attempts on the blog as a recurring Monday theme.

This week’s “Meatless Monday” recipe is vegetarian stuffed bell peppers. These stuffed bells are reminiscent of Southern California’s love for Mexican cuisine. They’re delicious as the recipe is written, but they’re also incredibly versatile. Next time, I plan to try different cheeses such as cotija, maybe add some Mexican spices such as cumin, chipotle chile powder, or as a garnish cilantro. Mix and match according to your own taste!

Vegetarian Stuffed Bells

Vegetarian Stuffed Bell Peppers

  • 2 Large bell peppers (we used orange, but you can use your favorite)
  • 1 cup Mexican rice (we purchased ours pre-made, but watch out if you’re a true vegetarian. You might want to make your own to ensure that it’s not made with chicken broth)
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup chunky salsa
  • 1 (15-oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed (I only used about half the can and saved the rest)
  • 1 (15-oz) can green enchilada sauce, divided
  • 1/2 cup water

Cut off the tops of the bell peppers. Remove the seeds and membranes. In a bowl, stir together the rice, cheese, salsa, and beans. Stuff each pepper with the mixture. Place in a slow cooker. Add 1/2 the can of enchilada sauce and the water to the slow cooker, so the bells are sitting in about an inch of liquid (depending on the size of your slow cooker, you may need to adjust the amount of sauce and water you use). Cover and cook on high for 2 hours.

After the bell peppers are tender, cover the peppers with the remaining enchilada sauce. Cover and cook for another 10-20 minutes.

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Koala that is awake and moving

Koala that is awake and moving

Last weekend, Wing and I joined Mars, his girlfriend aptly named Venus, and some friends at the San Diego Zoo‘s Food and Wine Celebration. It’s a tad expensive, but it’s worth it since all proceeds go towards conservation research and it’s just so much fun. The koalas groan and crawl higher into their trees to escape the atrocious humans who have consumed too much alcohol and are either on the prowl for food or are dancing away to the band’s music. (I tried to take a picture of the koala who was actually climbing a tree since it’s such a rarity, but my phone doesn’t do too well at night and I didn’t bother bringing a real camera.) But the animals ought not complain. This party was for them! Humans can’t help but be attracted to lively music, dancing, silent auctions, animal presentations, and of course lots and lots of food, desserts, and alcohol! Vendors and people from all over San Diego came to be a part of this night. So the koalas can just sleep in late the next day if we kept them up past bed time.

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We hit up a winery booth when we first entered (how could we not? It was right there upon entrance!), then we stopped at a vodka booth that had bottles that were flashing colors (like moths to a light!) where I tried a bit of the red velvet flavor. Then we stopped by numerous pastry booths… so at this point, we have nothing but alcohol and sugar in our bellies. But we headed to the back on purpose. People tend to stop where they see crowds. We moved on until the lines were thin, only stopping for the important things like pretty alcohol bottles and sugary delicacies.

Booths

We traveled further until we hit the area known as the Australian Outback (where I saw the koala who was climbing a tree), and there we found what we were looking for — small lines for awesome food. We stopped by El Indio for mini burritos and build-your-own nachos (our first taste of real food for the night!), then we went for some sliders and sweet potato casserole from Ruth’s Chris, grabbed some food from the Monsoon group Indian restaurants (where the ladies got our honorary third eyes), and Slater’s 50/50 where I finally tasted a sampling of the 50/50 burger… mmmm! Then we decided to meander over to the Treehouse and, along the way, we tried a grilled cheese sandwich on sourdough which Mars and I loved (but we can’t remember who it was from), while Venus and Wing got shrimp skewers, lobster bisque, smoked oysters, and other supposedly delicious sea food items from various sea food restaurant vendors. Then we found a Popsicle vendor called Viva Pops where Venus and Wing tried the mango orange, I tried the lavender lemonade, and Mars tried the salted caramel. The mango orange and the salted caramel were the hits. The lavender lemonade was good but not like the other two flavors. But now I want to try the other flavors like Mexican chocolate! At the Treehouse, we sampled turkey pot pie from the zoo’s own restaurant, Albert’s, and delicious cookies from an up-coming bakery called The Cravory where I tried their birthday cake cookie and let’s just say, I can’t wait to go to their store when it opens!

Monsoon group booth

There are just too many good things to say about this event, so I’ll end the post by saying that it’s a ton of fun with a huge variety of food and drink tasting! We’ll be going again next year!