This is my own version of the stuffed peppers my mom made for us when we were kids. When peppers are in season I make this and ry to freeze some. The filling is great in eggplant and zucchini, too. Just add a little chopped eggplant or zucchini if you want when you are browning the meat. This is optional though. Since I discovered a cheese called Butterkase cheese I don't use American cheese anymore. It's an all natural cheese that has awesome melting properties so if you can find it, I highly recommend it. Enjoy!