Week #1 of Kendra's Cooking Challenge : Chicken and White Bean Stuffed Peppers and Lemon Dream Fruit Salad

After looking at about a million recipes I came across a few that I thought were easy enough to begin my challenge with.  I didn't want to start out too difficult and then become discouraged and quit.  I have never had stuff peppers before, so I actually didn't know what people usually serve with them.  I went to Google for the answer and many people commented that a good fruit salad is often the way to go.  I thought it was a little bit of an odd combination, but didn't have any better ideas so went with it.

Chicken and White Bean Stuffed Peppers (www.skinnytaste.com)


  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 red bell peper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup parsley (or cilantro)
  • 5 bell peppers (red or green)
  • 14 oz shredded chicken
  • Cumin
  • Salt
  • 15.5 oz can white beans
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar
In a medium pan, heat oil on medium heat.  Add chopped onions, garlic, parsley, and red peppers. Saute until soft, about a minute.

Add chicken and season with cumin and salt... for our family I just kept one side of the pan with stuff that included the chicken and the other side without. That way Dan could have his meat and I could have just  have my vegetarian option.  It ended up being a pain as the recipe progressed.

Add beans and 1 to 1-1/2 cups of water and simmer for about 5-10 minutes, until it thickens and the liquid reduces.  Adjust spices to taste.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cut peppers in half removing seeds and stem. Place peppers in an oven-proof dish.  Fill each pepper with 1/3 cup of chicken and bean mixture. Pour about 1/3 cup water on the bottom of dish.

Cover tight with foil. Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove foil, top with cheese and bake uncovered another 5 minutes.


Lemon Dream Fruit Salad (www.bettycrocker.com)


  • 11 oz can Mandarin Oranges (drained)
  • 8 oz can pineapple chunks (drained)
  • 2 babanas, halved lenthwise, cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1/4 cup halved marashino cherries (drained)
  • 1 container (6 oz) Yoplait Thick & Creamy Lemon Supreme Yogurt
Pour all ingredients into a large bowl and mix well.  Refridgerate until ready to serve!

On a scale from 1 to 10.  10 being the all time best meal I have ever fixed Dan... Dan rated this a 7.  I don't think that's too bad, do you?


Chris and Steff said...

I'm impressed! They look great! You make me want to expand my kitchen menu! haha

harveyg2 said...

Way to go Kendra!!