Gluten free bell pepper mini meatloaves

Gluten free bell pepper mini meatloaves / FunkyJunkInteriors.net
I can tell summer’s in the air. Since working in frantic mode on the back yard, the lull is hitting. I can feel myself unwinding, with the biggest challenge desired being, what kind of coffee will I brew today, and where shall I have it? 🙂

I just desire to feel the sunshine on my arms and the wind in my face. Have you caught summer fever yet?

I don’t have a traditional DIY today, but this one came by complete surprise.

Yesterday I was out front, sanding some wood, when my neighbour Janette stopped by for a quick hello. 

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The conversation swung to food, when I voiced my desire that I’d love it if someone could cook gluten free for me.

I’m not a foodie and fully admit it. If you held up a power tool or a bag of groceries and a recipe book, the tool would win so fast you wouldn’t have time to blink.

Anyway, today at dinnertime, Janette called me on the phone and asked me to come to her front door right away. Leaping into my… bare feet, I quickly tip toed over the rocks and road, not knowing what to expect. 

I was greeted with foil covering a casserole dish. And inside it was the most amazing, delicious gluten free dinner EVER!

I wolfed it down so fast, no salad was even in the picture. Maybe next time… it isn’t every day someone else cooks for you!

Since posting this on Instagram, recipe lovers desired to know the details.. so today, I bring you Gluten free bell pepper mini meatloaves.

So… it’s really like big meat balls topped with cheese, with a slight sweet and sour flavour burst. But I will say, the red pepper ring really struck a chord. It’s so tasty, and wouldn’t be the same without it.

I’m sorry you don’t have a Janette to make it for you, but here’s the next best thing… 🙂

Gluten free bell pepper mini meatloaves / FunkyJunkInteriors.net

Janette's Bell Pepper Meatloaf
Serves 3
Small, cheese covered meatballs, baked inside slices of bell pepper slices. Delicious! And gluten free!
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Meatloaf
  1. 1 lb ground beef
  2. 2 eggs
  3. ½ cup oats
  4. ⅓ cup milk
  5. garlic powder
  6. salt & pepper
  7. ½ cup chopped onions
You'll also need
  1. 3 red and / or orange bell peppers
  2. cheese slices
Instructions
  1. Slice bell peppers approx. ½ inch thick, until you have 8 slices. (3 peppers)
  2. Stuff raw meatloaf mix into pepper slices, and place in a greased 9 x 13 meat loaf pan.
  3. Brush a little ketchup / mustard mix on top of each.
  4. Optional: Add other desired spices.
  5. Bake 350 for 40 minutes.
  6. After 30 minutes, slice your favourite cheese, and place on top for last 10 minutes.
  7. Serve with a bed of white rice.
Notes
  1. 2 slices for myself proved to be very filling!
Adapted from Janette's own concoction
Adapted from Janette's own concoction
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 This was such a lovely meal, and it came at such an unexpected, perfect time. What a treat!

I’m playing with the idea of making her a sign… that reads Take Out / 24 hours.

Think it’ll work in my favour?!

What’s your fav summer recipe? Feel free to link to it in comments, I’d love to check it out! It may entice me to… cook…

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  1. Yummy!!!! I think I must try this recipe. Thank you for sharing your neighbors love of cooking! What a nice neighbor you have!!!

  2. Have really loved your latest posts about the garden. Would you consider doing one featuring all the various plants, vines, etc. You probably feel that is old hat and boring, but lots of us out here in blogland would love seeing up close and personal your plants and bushes, their names and bits about how you acquired them and why, etc. You know….all the stuff you are so great at doing. You thought we’d let the garden stuff go, right? Not so. More. We need more.

    • I’m a little embarrassed to admit, I know very few plant names. So if just a tour of plants is what you’re after, I can certainly do that! Maybe I’ll ask everyone else what they are… great idea, J!

  3. Thanks for sharing! So glad it was on a red pepper. I once had a stuffed green pepper and I hated it! What a nice neighbour!
    Don’t feel bad about kicking back-though of us that live in the pacific northwest/lower mainland have to enjoy every sunny day we can!

    • I do Gail! I’m working on several large collections behind the scenes right now, but they take time. I need to design, then test, then create mix and match options.

      I’ll do a post on how I develop stencil projects, already have that in the works too.

      Thanks for your interest!

  4. Donna, this looks do-able.
    Are you gluten-free by choice or for medical reasons?
    Sharon
    PS: I LOVE your upcycled/recycled ‘junk’ but my husband prefers ultra-modern, sleek and rust-free. So I just sneak it in when he’s not looking!

    • Hi Sharon, I have never had a true blue medical warning about going gluten free. I just adjust my eating when I have issues. I really do think I have problems with grains and gluten. Trying to cut back on dairy and sugar too.

      Every time I visit the dr, I get told the same thing. Cut out stuff that makes you feel bad. Sticking to fresh protein (meat) and veggies make me feel the best.

      • Donna, check out Angie’s blog: “gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free”. She has some amazing recipes (easy) and great advice. My 29-year-old son is gf & df, I am trying to be sugar free. (not easy, as I live for chocolate!). I use lots of her recipes, I think you’ll find good stuff on her blog.
        And yes, the doctors don’t seem to have a clue or take the time to figure it out, we have to depend on good-hearted bloggers who share their discoveries. My son’s specialist told him, after going gluten-free & dairy-free and still having symptoms, to “experiment” by eliminating different foods. He’s still struggling, a decade later.
        Good luck with your cooking adventures.
        Sharon

        • Sharon
          Someone recently told me about something called FODMAP diet. It’s basically about different kinds of sugars that the foods break down into, and avoiding certain ones. It’s really an elimination diet, and although I haven’t tried it yet (very restrictive), it might be what your son is after.
          Allison

  5. OMG…this looks soooooo GOOD! I am crazy for bell peppers of any colour…when I see them on sale, I go bananas for them…I actually do a happy, happy, joy, joy dance in the aisle and then pile them into my cart…so I’m going to have to try this recipe! That’s a fantastic friend you have there…a real keeper!

    I like to keep things light during the summer. Probably my fave thing to eat is grilled salmon over a mixed green salad with peach poppy seed dressing. I like this because you can switch it up and add whatever you like…avacado, apple, sundried tomatoes, cashews, pumpkin seeds etc. and it’s not too filling.

    I’m not quite in summer mode yet…I might be able to achieve that when I can get rid of all of these weeds and have time to relax outside. Got my book list at the ready for this time!

    • I LOVE salmon!! I BBQ it wrapped in foil with lemon slices, spices and a little butter. It’s on my shopping list now.

      Yes… the weeds. However can I relate? 🙂 I still have the front yard to do… but I wanted a bit of a break doing something else! Coffee it is… haha

      • I love salmon done in the same way you do it, especially if I’m looking for a little bit of spice…I love adding fresh dill in that tasty little foil packet, too! Also love it done on cedar planks or even just plopped right on the grill! It’s sooooo quick and easy to prepare and just amazingly tasty…how can you not love it? 🙂

        I soooooo can’t wait to get this weedy jungle under control so I can just put my feet up, sit back, and take it all in! Speaking of weeds, I best get back at ‘er…but maybe coffee first? hehe! Enjoy that coffee and the day! 🙂

  6. Looks really good! I will have to pass this along to a couple of friends of mine who have to go gluten free. You are blessed to have such a sweet neighbor!