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Recipe for Health: Skillet of Roast Mushrooms & Tomato-Stuffed Peppers With Garlic and Fresh Thyme

by Sandy Todd Webster on Aug 19, 2014

Food for Thought

This time of year delivers a harvest of abundance and flavor as summer crops start to boom. What better time to try a hearty plant-based meal or side to see how filling and delicious a dish of vegetables can be? It’s good for you, and it’s good for the planet.

The Culinary Institute of America’s Adam Busby, CMC, director of special culinary projects, demonstrated this recipe last June at Menus of Change®, a leadership summit co-produced by the CIA and Harvard School of Public Health. The recipe emphasizes ingredients and principles of sustainability as well as providing the deliciousness we all seek in our food. Try it as a Meatless Monday meal served with farro, brown rice or pasta; or serve it as a side with your favorite fish or seafood.

  • 3 ripe Roma tomatoes
  • 3 large yellow bell peppers
  • 2 T garlic, minced
  • 1 t fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  • 12 farmed anchovy fillets
  • 2 lb “hen of the woods” mushrooms
  • 4 T extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 T balsamic vinegar salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • C = cup
    T= tablespoon
    t = teaspoon
    lb = pound

    Preheat oven to 350o Farenheit. Wash peppers and tomatoes well. Carefully cut each bell pepper in half lengthwise, splitting stem in two if possible(don't remove stem). Remove and discard seeds and ribs.

    Mix garlic and thyme together.

    Cut and core each tomato in half lengthwise.

    Set peppers on oiled and seasoned cast-iron pan, cut side up. Drizzle 1⁄4 of olive oil and sprinkle half of garlic-thyme mixture into pepper cavities. Season with salt and pepper.

    Gently force 1⁄2 a tomato into each pepper (tops should be flush with peppers). Sprinkle with remaining garlic-thyme mixture; drizzle a bit more olive oil on top; and again season with salt and pepper.

    Place two anchovy fillets in “X” fashion on each tomato-stuffed pepper.

    Toss mushroom bunches with remaining olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Place mushrooms around peppers in cast-iron pan.

    Roast in 350°F oven for about 20 minutes, or until tomato-stuffed peppers are soft.

    Remove from oven and drizzle with touch of balsamic vinegar.

    Serve with mushrooms on the side. Makes six servings.

    Source: Reprinted with permission from The Culinary Institute of America.

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    About the Author

    Sandy Todd Webster

    Sandy Todd Webster IDEA Author/Presenter

    Sandy Todd Webster is Editor in Chief of IDEA's publications, including the award-winning IDEA FITNESS JOURNAL and IDEA FOOD & NUTRITION TIPS, the industry's leading resources for fitness, wellness and nutrition professionals worldwide. Sandy joined IDEA in 2001 as executive editor of IDEA PERSONAL TRAINER and IDEA FITNESS MANAGER magazines and was promoted to lead the editorial team in 2003. More than 20 years in magazine publishing, marketing communications and creative services have shaped her straightforward approach to multi-channel communication. Early experience in Los Angeles as a sports writer/reporter, and then enriching years as a managing editor in allied health care publishing have pulled her across a spectrum of stimulating subject matter. Fitness, health and nutrition reside at the perfect center of this content continuum, she feels. A Chicago native, Sandy grew up fully engaged in various competitive sports. Her drive and dedication as an athlete translate to a disciplined work ethic and unwavering approach to challenge in her career. Shortly after graduating journalism school from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, she was recruited to L.A. for her first post in magazine publishing. After two decades of working on magazines--and now in the throes of applying the unbelieveable multi-media content delivery options available in the magazine 2.0 world--she is still "completely in love" with the creative process it takes to deliver meaningful, inspirational content to end users. She is an accomplished home cook and gardner who would love to combine those skills and passions with her health and fitness background to continue educating readers about a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle.