Anyone out there like stuffed bell peppers? No, I’m not referring to Stouffer’s stuffed peppers! I mean homemade stuffed peppers, controlling the ingredients you put in to make a healthy version for you.
The best part? They’re easy to make. And they’re extremely versatile depending on your tastes.
For the starch of the stuffing, use white or brown rice, quinoa, barley, farro, lentils the list goes on! Proteins can be mixed up with ground turkey, sausage, beans, ground lean beef, etc. etc. And vegetables? Use all your favorites! This is definitely a refrigerator cleaner dish.
As far as the bell peppers go, use your favorite. Green, red, yellow or orange. Or mix it up to make a pretty presentation.
Top with your favorite shredded cheese, if you’d like. It adds a little something special 🙂
So basically this recipe is a guide just to get you started. Have fun!
Stuffed Bell Peppers
6 bell peppers
1 lb. lean, ground turkey (or another protein)
1 c. uncooked brown rice, cooked according to package directions (makes 2 cups of cooked rice, use this as a guide to change it up)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 c. chopped carrots
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 c. frozen corn kernels
1 jar of your favorite pasta sauce
Any other of your favorite veggies!
Salt and pepper to taste
3/4 c. shredded cheese
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
In a large frying pan, put in your ground turkey, onion and carrots. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook over medium-high heat until the veggies soften and no pink remains in the turkey and it starts to brown.
Meanwhile, slice the top straight off of the bell peppers, just barely enough to get the stem off, while keeping the pepper mostly whole. Clean out the seeds and the white ribs. Then, slice the meat of the pepper off around the stem, and chop up into pieces. Add to frying pan with turkey.
When the turkey mixture is browned, add in the rice, corn kernels, and jar of pasta sauce (reserving about 1/2 cup). Turn the heat down to medium. Cook for about 5 more minutes.
Spread your reserved 1/2 cup of pasta sauce on the bottom of your baking dish (use whatever size will fit the peppers).
Put the peppers in the pan and stuff with your turkey mixture. Pack the mixture down with a spoon to get a lot in! Top with cheese, if desired.
Bake for 20 minutes until the peppers start to become tender. Put the baking dish on the top rack and broil under the cheese browns. Don’t walk away! This happens quick!
Remove from the oven and allow to sit for about 5-10 minutes before serving, these puppies hold onto their heat.