Stuffed Peppers — a healthier version!

 Stuffed Peppers – a healthier version

 A healthier version of a classic entree

We enjoy stuffed peppers but we wanted to find a way to make them a little more diet friendly.  I searched a variety of different recipes and added a little of this and removed a little of that and finally came up with one that really works for us.This version uses ground turkey instead of the standard ground beef and white rice has been replaced with the more healthful brown rice.

You can easily make this in large batch quantity and freeze some for later because the ground turkey is cooked prior to stuffing into the peppers so the possibility of spoilage from raw meat has been reduced.

Cook once / eat twice!

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Ingredients

  1. 1 cup uncooked brown rice
  2. 3 cups water
  3. 4 bell peppers, any color
  4. 16-20 oz lean ground turkey
  5. 1 tablespoon Worcestershire
  6. 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  7. 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  8. salt & pepper to taste
  9. 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  10. 2 (8oz) cans tomato sauce
  11. 1 tablespoon brown sugar

Directions

  1. Prepare the rice according to the package directions.
  2. Brown the ground turkey until even browned.
  3. Drain, if necessary.BB_healthified stuffed peppers
  4. Cut each bell pepper in half.BB_Healthified stuffed peppers.2
  5. Remove all the insides so each half pepper is hollowed out to hold the meat mixture.

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           6. In a bowl, mix the cooked turkey, brown rice, one can of the tomato sauce, the Worcestershire, and all the spices.

   7.    Mix thoroughly then spoon the mixture into each pepper half distributing evenly.

BB_Healthified stuffed peppers.4          8.   Blend one can of the tomato sauce with the brown sugar in a small bowl.

          9.     Spoon the blended sauce over each pepper, evenly dividing, until it is gone.

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10. Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees.

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Yummy, yummy!

Number of servings (yield): 8

Calories: 180

Fat: 5.6

Protein: 16.2

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FREEZE ME – Place the desired quantity of peppers into a freezer container, label and enjoy later.  This one freezes and reheats very well.

ECONOMY – You will find this one is already an economical value, but you can hold down the cost by using high quality store labels – and watch for sales!

HEALTHY – I have already geared this toward the health conscious, but you could skip the brown sugar in the sauce topping.  Or as an alternative you could use Splenda Brown Sugar or drizzle with pure honey.

Recipe by www.acupofwhimsy.com

Very pepperly yours…...DebraJ

NOTE:  I have not received any compensation or free gifts to create this post.  The ideas and opinions are my own.

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