Stuffed peppers. They have a bad reputation, don’t you think? It’s kind of like meatloaf. If done right, it can be REALLY good, but if done wrong? ACK! No thank you!
Today Jen Widerstrom and I bring you spicy stuffed peppers, done right.
Backing up a minute. Did you watch us on Facebook Live last night? We made our No Bake Oatmeal Energy Bites and we had SO much fun doing it! If you missed it, you can find the video on my Facebook page. We get pretty silly, but there are also some great takeaways from it!
You guys. These stuffed peppers are a great way to get in more veggies. They’re completely satisfying, filled with lean turkey meat, hearty mushrooms, and brown rice. They’re easy to put together and make great leftovers!
Don’t be afraid of the classics. These stuffed peppers will be a part of your weekly rotation in no time.
- 3-4 bell peppers depending on the size
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 small onion chopped
- 1 small carrot shredded (about 1/2 cup)
- 8 ounces crimini mushrooms stems removed and chopped
- 1 pound ground turkey meat
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
- 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
- Large handful of spinach roughly chopped
- 2 tablespoons basil chopped
- Juice of half a lemon
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese optional
- 3/4 cup chicken stock
1) Prepare the peppers by cutting them in half through the stem, remove the core, place in a large baking dish and set aside. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2) Heat the oil in a large pan over medium/high heat. Add the onion, a pinch of salt and pepper, and cook for 5-7 minutes. Add the carrots and mushrooms and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
3) Add the turkey meat, salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano, paprika, red pepper flakes, and break up the meat while incorporating all the spices. Cook for 5-7 minutes until meat is no longer pink.
4) Add the tomato paste and stir to combine. Add the crushed tomatoes and let the mixture simmer over low heat for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Adjust seasonings at this time adding more salt, pepper or red pepper flakes to taste. Add the cooked rice, spinach, and basil and stir to combine. Turn off the heat and add the lemon juice.
5) Spoon the mixture into the halved bell peppers until nice and full. Top each pepper with a little bit of cheese. Pour the chicken stock into the bottom of the baking dish and cover the dish lightly with foil. Bake for 20-25 minutes until peppers are just tender. Serve immediately!