Stuffed Bell Peppers without Rice

Stuffed Bell Peppers without Rice
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  1. 8 large green or red peppers, tops cut off, seeded and cored
  2. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  3. 1 cup onion, chopped
  4. 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  5. 1 garlic clove, chopped
  6. 3 lb lean ground turkey (already cooked)
  7. 2 eggs, beaten (I used liquid egg whites)
  8. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or more if you prefer)
  9. salt and pepper, to taste
  10. 14 1/2 ounce salsa
  11. 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  12. parmesan cheese (fresh grated or shredded) or mozzarella cheese, for topping (fresh grated or shredded)
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. On stovetop in a medium skillet or saucepan, sauté onion, cilantro and garlic in olive oil until veggies are soft; remove from heat.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl, combine ground turkey, egg, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  4. Add sauté veggie mixture to turkey mixture; mix well.
  5. Stuff peppers with turkey/veggie mix and place in an ungreased shallow casserole dish.
  6. In a small bowl, combine salsa and tomato sauce; pour over peppers to cover.
  7. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese; cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes.
  8. Uncover, sprinkle with mozzarella and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and browned.
Chrissy Bernal

4 Responsesso far.

  1. Jessica Cantu says:

    Hi Chrissy, this recipe sounds delicious and right up my alley health wise. Do you happen to know how many calories one pepper is by chance?

    • Chrissy Bernal says:

      It’s sort of hard to tell on these because peppers are never the same size. It would also depend on how lean the turkey is, if people use egg whites instead of eggs and if they use parmesan cheese vs mozzarella. I consider them a lower calorie dinner, though, because most of the calories would come from veggies and low fat meat.

  2. Melissa Williams says:

    I don’t usually post a review on a recipe I didn’t follow. I wanted to follow it, I just didn’t have a lot of the stuff on hand, but I had some -mainly the peppers- and I wanted a recipe that didn’t call for rice, because we had rice yesterday and I didn’t want to have it again. So I had the peppers, I used a combination of ground beef and some italian sausage, I didn’t have tomato sauce or salsa, but I did have a jar of pizza sauce and a can of tomato soup. So other than that, I basically followed the recipe, although I think I cooked it a little longer, but that was because I forgot to set my timer. My point is, I really, really had to tweak this recipe, plus I made some mistakes, and it still turned out quite tasty! So thanks! I appreciate a flexible recipe that keeps me from having to make a grocery store run on my day off when I just want to stay in my pajamas!

    • Chrissy Bernal says:

      Hi, Melissa. Thanks for stopping by! Glad you liked it. I love days in my PJs, so I totally get you there! 🙂

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