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This may become a Halloween tradition for you to eat on Halloween Eve (because
Halloween day is a little too crazy to get this meal out).  I saw this idea of making little jack-o-lanterns out of the orange peppers and thought this would be a great to do for Halloween Eve (or Halloween). It only takes a few extra minutes and it makes stuffed peppers extra special and fun for Halloween. You can either make your chicken as a meal one day and
make extra to have these peppers later on, or you can make the chicken and rice just for the stuffed peppers.                                                                                                                      

Stuffed Peppers
4 bell orange bell peppers
2 cups cooked rice (white, whole grain, wild, Mexican, your choice)
1 shredded chicken breast cooked (boiled, baked, sauté, your choice)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
½ small onion finely chopped
1 can black beans rinsed and drained
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 Clove of Garlic (Chopped)
½ teaspoon Salt
¼ teaspoon Black Pepper

Bring a large pot of water to boil.  While you are waiting for the water to boil, rinse peppers, slice off the tops and hollow out the insides, be sure to remove any seeds and the white part inside. If desired, use a small paring knife to cut out a jack-o-lantern face. When water is boiling, put the peppers and tops in and allow to cook for about 5 minutes until peppers are tender.  Remove from water and set aside to cool. Sauté onion in olive oil till tinder. Mix the cooked rice, shredded chicken, cheddar cheese, and black beans together in a large bowl. Add onion, garlic, salt, pepper and fill each pepper with the chicken and rice mixture and top with extra cheese, if desired. Replace pepper top back on top. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes until cheese is melted and pepper is done to desired tenderness.  Alternately, once peppers are stuffed, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate, when ready to cook, preheat oven to 350, remove plastic wrap and bake for 1 hour.

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