One of my favorite winter time meal is a stuffed pepper. I normally make a stuffed pepper casserole, but I love it this way too. These are around 370 calories for each serving. This recipe has far less calories than my stuffed pepper casserole does.
HEALTHIER STUFFED PEPPERS
*6 red, orange or green bell peppers
*salt to taste
*1 pound ground turkey or ground chicken
*1 onion, chopped
*3 garlic cloves, chopped
*1 quart stewed tomatoes
*1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
*1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
*1 tablespoon italian seasoning
*1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
*1 teaspoon salt
*1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
*1/2 cup water
*1/2 cup brown rice
*1 cup water
*1 1/4 cups reduced fat cheddar cheese
~In a medium sauce pan, bring rice & 1 cup water to a boil.
~Once it boils, reduce heat to low, cover & let simmer for 40 minutes.
~Bring a large pot of salt water to a boil.
~Cut the tops off the peppers, and remove the seeds.
~Cook the peppers, in the boiling water for 5-6 minutes.
~Remove from water drain.
~Sprinkle salt inside each pepper, and set aside.
~In a large heavy skillet, sauté meat, onions & garlic, until the meat is done.
~Drain off any excess grease.
~Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
~Stir in stewed tomatoes, tomato paste, 1/2 cup water, worcestershire sauce, salt & pepper.
~Simmer for 10 minutes.
~Mix cooked rice and 1/2 cup cheese to meat mixture and simmer for 5 more minutes.
~Place peppers cup side up in a baking dish.
~Stuff each pepper with the meat & rice mixture.
~Sprinkle remaining cheese over top of each pepper.
~Bake for 25-30 minutes.