I think at some point during the pregnancy, every set of expectant parents realizes what my husband and I are just starting to realize:
Babies need a lot of stuff.
A lot of stuff.
Stuff for sleeping, stuff for eating, stuff for playing, stuff for cleaning, stuff for fussiness, stuff to make life easier for the parents. Stuff.
Our first trip to a baby store to look at car seats ended with us walking around in a daze looking at all kinds of things we'd never thought of before. Why are there so many different kinds of bottles? Do we need a portable crib? What about a baby carrier? What makes one swing better than another? Will our baby even want a swing? Are we horrible parents-to-be because we don't even have a swing? Who in their right mind would entrust us with a baby?!?!
Thank goodness we still have just over 10 weeks to go. And that we have Amazon Prime. I have a feeling my husband might be ordering our infant seat while I'm in labor.
We also have friends and family that know way more than us and don't seemed to be freaked out by the amount of stuff babies need. Several packages have already arrived from my sister in Vermont, a friend has donated some things her kids have outgrown, and my mother-in-law and sister-in-law brought me to a baby store this weekend and bought a bassinet and baby lounger for us. We're getting there on the stuff.
Being that our lives are so full of "stuff" lately, I thought these stuffed peppers would be an appropriate recipe to post today. This is the kind of "stuff" I'm better at dealing with. Probably because you can eat it. And because it's easy to put together, tastes delicious, and doesn't require difficult decisions.
All things that make it different from baby stuff.
I love bell peppers and have a baked Southwestern recipe that I really enjoy, but I like that this one isn't served warm. The cool flavors of the chickpeas, couscous and feta cheese topped with a simple olive oil dressing make it a refreshing dish and good for this warm spring that we've been having. Like almost everything I've been making lately, these stuffed peppers are fast to make and work well for a light lunch. They also make a pretty side dish.
Thank goodness there is some "stuff" I can handle.
Middle Eastern Stuffed Peppers