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Healthy Stuffed Peppers

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Most stuffed pepper recipes call for ground beef, cheese, glutenous rice, etc. They sure are tasty, but they aren't the healthiest of foods. I've taken this classic recipe and made it as clean as possible. These peppers have a ton of veggies, quinoa, and lean chicken stuffed inside them so go ahead and eat as many as you want. I've found that about three peppers fill me up pretty well. Also, since they've got all your necessary carbs and protein, simply add a vinaigrette salad with these peppers and you've got yourself a complete meal!


Ingredients:
  • 6 Bell Peppers
  • 1.5 pounds Lean Ground Chicken (or Boneless & Skinless Chicken Breasts)
  • 28 oz. Can of Whole Peeled Tomatoes
  • 1/2 Yellow Onion
  • 5 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Cup Mushrooms
  • 1 Carrot
  • 1 Celery Stick
  • 1 Cup Uncooked Quinoa 
  • 2 Tbs. Olive Oil or Cooking Spray 
Spices:
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Basil
  • Oregano 
  • Garlic Powder 


Nutrition Information 
Serving Size:       1 Pepper
Calories:              320

Fat             7.5g
   Sat. Fat     1g
Carbs         35g
   Fiber       7.5g
   Sugar        9g
Protein        30g
 
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Step 1: Tomato Sauce

Picture of Tomato Sauce
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Pre-heat oven to 350 F.

Dice your onion, carrots, celery, mushrooms, and garlic. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a large frying pan and toss the garlic in once the oil gets hot. After a minute or so, throw in the onions, celery, mushrooms, and carrots. Saute for several minutes until things start to stick. Now pour in your canned tomatoes and stir those around. Make sure to mash up the tomatoes into smaller chunks so they cook well. Bring to a boil, then let simmer for an hour-ish, stirring occasionally. (You dont really need to cook it for an hour, but the longer you cook it the more the flavors meld together.)
Southpaw6910 months ago

What about ground turkey instead? I'm not a big fan of ground chicken. Every tried it with turkey?

Sam DeRose (author)  Southpaw699 months ago

Ground turkey would work just fine too!

negool1 year ago
oops! <3
This would be really good with poblano chili peppers for a little spiciness.
These look delicious! Quinoa stuffed peppers are one of my favorite foods!
HollyMann1 year ago
These peppers look delicious!!! Great job! I also LOVE stuffed mushrooms - haven't made them in a long time.
I also like how much protein is in these. I know this is a healthy version :) But I usually add some ground spicy sausage to mine...
I want the fried ochra, but wil be making these healthy peppers instead. Thanks for the beautiful creation.