January 24, 2016 Jameela 2Comment

Every Sunday my family from both houses (My family and I live in the house beside my mom) get together for a Sunday dinner! We attempt to try something new and unfamiliar. Our family background is Ghanaian, Jamaican, and Cameroonian so we usually have dishes rooted in those cultures. This Sunday we had stuffed peppers and sweet potatoes. Okay, the sweet potatoes weren’t a stretch, but the stuffed peppers were new.

Let me take you through the recipe

*Disclaimer* This recipe is adapted from an Italian cookbook and adjusted to taste. Therefore, it is not an exact science recipe.

Sweet Potato Recipe

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  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • Salt


  1. Cut the Sweet potatoes into large chunks with the skin on  sweet-potato-recipe-calgary-food-blog (2)
  2. Add parsley, ground cinnamon and a dash of salt
  3. Boil on high until potatoes are half cooked                                          sweet-potato-recipe-calgary-food-blog (3)
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  5. Place sweet potatoes on a large baking sheet
  6. Add two tablespoons of brown sugar
  7. Add about 4 table spoons of butter
  8. Sprinkle with cinnamon and stir
  9. Bake on 400 for 45 or until potatoes are fully cookedcooking-sweet-potatos-canadian-lifestyle

Stuffed Pepper Recipe


  • 4 Whole Peppers
  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • A dash of Jamaican Jerk Seasoning
  • A Dash of Fresh ground black pepper
  • Two cloves of crushed garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Olive Oil
  • 4 leaves of Parsley
  • 4 cloves of Garlic
  • 3- 4 leaves of Basil
  • 1 medium Tomato diced
  • 2 tablespoons of Tomato Paste
  • 2 tablespoons Taco sauce mix
  • 1 medium Onion
  • 1 cup Cooked Rice
  • 1 cup of cheddar cheese
  • Parmesan cheese

Preparing the Beef Stuffing

  1. Season the Ground beef with the black pepper, jerk seasoningseasoning-gound-beef
  2. Add oil to a pan on high heat
  3. Add ground beef to brown
  4. Add 2 cloves of garlic to the cooking ground beef
  5. Chop tomatoes and mushrooms
  6. Add some of the tomatoes and some of the mushrooms to the cooking ground beef                                                        cooking-ground-beef-for-stuffed-pepper-recipe
  7. Chop the onions
  8. Throw everything (basil, parsley, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, cheddar cheese, and Parmesan) into the bowl of ricestuffed pepper recipe montage
  9. Add the rice to the cooking ground beefgreat-rice-and-stuffed-pepper-recipe

Making The Sauce

  1. Add tomato paste, taco mix, and left over tomatoes into a saucepan
  2. Add cold water into the saucepan and bring to a boil


  1. Turn the Oven on the highest Broil setting
  2. Place Peppers in a pan                             peppers-in-the-oven
  3. Turn the peppers over once brown (approx 20 minutes)
  4. Remove the peppers from the oven and place them into a bowlbrowning-peppers-in-the-oven-stuffed-recipe
  5. Cover the bowl with a lid so that the steam can help the skin separate from the pepper.                                                    stuffed-pepper-recipe (3)
  6. Peel the skin off                                     peeling
  7. Cut off the top of the pepper
  8. Remove the seeds
  9. Stuff the peppers with the ground beef mixturestuffed-pepper-recipe-calgary-blogger-mom (1)
  10. Put the sauce on top                                   stuffed-pepper-recipe-calgary-blogger-mom (2) stuffed-pepper-recipe-calgary-blogger-mom (3)
  11. Reduce your oven temperature to 375 (since the sweet potatoes are in there. Unless you have a double oven)
  12. Place the stuffed peppers in the oven until slightly browned
  13. Remove the peppers from the oven and add a bit of cheese ontop
  14. Enjoy



This Sunday dinner was very labour intensive, and honestly, the best part of the dish was the rice and sweet potatoes! In hindsight, I would have skipped the peppers or cut them in half to stuff them. A whole pepper is quite a lot to eat for one serving. My mom tried the dish the next day and said it was AMAZING. Maybe this is a great leftover recipe.