Veggie Volcanoes!

It's time to kill those Monday Blues...

with some yellow, green, red, and most importantly...PINK! 

Color is just one of many layers of the eating experience, that really will have you all over #MeatlessMonday.  And that any random veggies you've got leftover from the weekend can be repurposed with minimal effort into this super fun-looking dinner (if you have kids, they'll love you-  if not...well you'll love yourself for making and eating this)!  While this recipe takes longer than others, it's the oven that's doing the majority of the work.

Getting right to are your veggie volcanoes!

Veggie Volcanoes

Veggie Volcanoes (1)
Serves: 2
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 Minutes
Total: 60 Minutes

All you'll need to do is:

1) Preheat your oven to 375 F [~175 C], so that the oven is properly heated by the time you're done with your prep #efficient. Wash and cut the tops of your two bell peppers.  Cut around the stems, #NoWaste, and save this for your garnish.

2) Pick the veggies you have for your stones and debris (might as well continue with the whole analogy!).  I had cauliflower rice, and chopped up a half head of broccoli for this part.  Pack them into your volcanoes, carefully. Keep leftovers for your garnish or another meal!  Drizzle in some olive oil and squeeze in the lemon.  Season to your liking, with some sea salt, pepper, and red chilli flakes (or anything else you want!). 

3) You can line your baking pan with aluminum foil if you'd like, or simply place the upright peppers onto the tray and place in the oven for 35-40 minutes.  Check on them at the 20 minute mark.  

In the meantime, you can combine all the lava ingredients together in your smoothie maker/blender/food processor so that's taken care of.  Chop up any other vegetables (bell pepper heads, radishes) that you want to use for your plating, and arrange them in a line (or into a smile, if you want your volcanoes to be eyes).  And now you can go about your life, since the oven won't need babysitting.

4) Take your volcanoes out of the oven- they should have a nice crisp look to them once they're done.  Pour your lava over the volcanoes- you want to make sure it kind of drips over the sides since you're creating an explosion here.

Take some of your chopped veggies and garnish on top of the lava.  I used two pieces of the bell pepper stems and stuck them in one corner of the volcano (kind of like how you'd put a slice of any citrus fruit on the rim of a cocktail). BOOM! Time to eat this delicious explosion.

 What's in your Veggie Volcano? Leave a comment and tag @chefsperiment on instagram.                                                                                                                                                                                                           


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