Stuffed Bell Peppers
So, lately we are trying to do some different things for dinner. I added a new kind of rule that I will try to make at least one new thing for dinner per week.
Which brought me to the observation that I have never had stuffed bell peppers? Whaaaat?
I have seen like, 100 different variations of these. And frankly, I would have loved to try something a little more adventurous (or stuffed with Quinoa and/or black beans – yum!) but I went with the more plain option to begin with for Torrance’s sake because he is a weirdo and doesn’t like things to get all crazy up in here at dinner time. Basically, he is just one of those meat and potato guys.
So that resulted in me keeping it simple.
Now – I opted to use two peppers, and we actually only both ate one half because they were super filling! Also, I used an orange pepper for myself because thats my favorite of the Bell family. (I feel like the green one is arrogant and the red one is too sassy. (What’s that? Peppers don’t have personalities?)
And I’m not used to making a “one dish” type meal. I mean it is meat and rice stuffed into a veggie… what else do you need?
Since I was unsure, I just made some garlic bread…. Because that is what Italian’s do. (duh)
But, for next time, I think I will opt for a salad on the side.
Basic Stuffed Peppers
Yield: 2-4 Servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 35 minutes
- 2 bell peppers of choice
- 1/2 cup of diced onion (I used a sweet onion)
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp chili powder (or more if you like a little more spicy! – I don’t!)
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1/2 pound of ground turkey
- 1 pouch of Uncle Ben’s brown rice
- 12 oz of tomato sauce of choice
- 1 cup of shredded cheese (I used a little cheddar and mozzarella)
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- Clean and slice bell peppers in half long ways, remove center and seeds completely and place in a baking dish (or even on a cookie sheet would work!). Cook rice per instructions on package (i.e. in the microwave for 90 seconds).
- Heat pan over medium. Add onions, ground turkey, garlic and all spices. Cook until turkey is completely cooked through and browned.
- Add rice and tomato sauce to turkey mixture and stir thoroughly, heating for another minute or so.
- Spoon mixture into peppers (pack it in there!).
- Top it all with cheese and bake at 400 F for 35 minutes. You could leave a little longer if you prefer a softer pepper (I like mine pretty soft but with a little crunch left in the middle).
- Ever had or made stuffed peppers? What is your favorite thing(s) to “stuff” them with? Please share!
- Favorite type (color) or bell pepper?
- Do you make a lot of “one-dish” meals?