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Monday, March 12, 2012

Baked Stuffed Papayas—Yeah, Right!

YES, REALLY!!! This is a recipe for Baked Stuffed Papayas.

Before I get into the recipe, please check out this link to a post on NOVEL ROCKET about a contest I won for Pineapples in Peril two years ago--be sure to scroll down until you see my name (linked to my website) and read about my experience!!

I love this recipe! There are a couple ingredients you may not like, so feel free to leave them out. You can also add things you enjoy—let me know your special “twist” to this recipe!

My additions to add the “twist” were the green pepper, black beans, chopped spinach and kale, and mushrooms.

I keep a container of spinach and kale in the freezer and chop it up with a wooden rice paddle (you can use a spatula.) I add it to many of my recipes like chili, soups, rice dishes, and spaghetti sauces.

Baked Stuffed Papayas


Stuffed Papayas Before Baking
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 pound ground beef
1 16 ounce can diced tomatoes
1 jalapeño chile, finely chopped
½ green pepper, chopped
1 can black beans, drained
4 mushrooms, chopped
a couple Tablespoons of chopped spinach and kale
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
4 papayas
2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Stuffed Papayas After Baking--Yum!!
Cook and stir ground beef, onion, and garlic in a large skillet until beef is light brown. Drain, stir in tomatoes, jalapeño and green peppers, black beans, mushrooms, spinach and kale, and seasonings.

Cut papayas lengthwise into halves and remove seeds. Place about 1/2 cup mixture into each papaya half. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Arrange in shallow roasting pan. Add very hot water to the pan—to about one inch from the tops of the papayas. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees about 30 minutes. Papayas should be very tender and hot.

Don’t forget! You can save the Papaya Seeds to make Papaya Seed Dressing, which is so wonderfully yummy. Check out the recipe on my Recipe Page!

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  1. Replies
    1. And very yummy, Sandra! My daughter saw my post today and she said, "We have to make this again." Yup, it's a recipe I totally recommend--and the cool thing is, you can make it your own by adding or taking out any ingredient!
      Aloha! --Cheryl

  2. I'm going to try this recipe. I love papaya! and it's so good for you. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Yes, Loree, papaya is full of great nutrients. Have you tried the papaya seed dressing recipe? It's a good one too and a way to use the seeds. I also freeze the extra seeds to make more dressing at another time.
      Aloha! --Cheryl

  3. Ooh, love that you posted pics!! I don't really like papayas but I love anything stuffed and these sound delicious!!

    1. Thanks, Jessica! I hope you have a chance to try this recipe. They are soooooo good!
      Aloha! --Cheryl


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