Monday, July 15, 2013

Must Try::: Smoky Stuffed Peppers

Photo: Edible Perspective Blog's version of this recipe, which is not MF Plan Friendly but sounds equally insane!

Another new recipe has come onto my radar, through the ever resourceful Pinterest.  

I love bell peppers, though they don't always love me, and I have been trying to find a way to incorporate them into meals in a different way than my usual "grilled with fajita seasoning" manner. I have a feeling my husband will be thrilled with the change, if I can figure out how to hide the mushrooms. 

Smoky Stuffed Peppers--MF Plan Friendly version


2 large green or red bell peppers, split in half lengthwise, cleaned of seeds and membranes
2 teaspoons olive oil
14 oz 98 % lean ground chicken or turkey breast
1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped small
1 Tbs shallots, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup tomato, chopped
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp Italian seasoning
2 ounces low fat smoked cheddar or gouda cheese 


Preheat oven to 350 F. 

Steam your pepper halves in a steamer for 3-5 minutes or immerse them in boiling water for the same period of time (steaming simply preserves more nutritional content .) Once done, set aside and let cool. 

In a skillet, heat the olive oil and brown shallots and garlic; add the mushrooms, then add the ground meat. Add your seasonings and continue cooking, stirring the meat, until cooked through. Add the diced tomato to the mix and stir those in, cooking for just a minute longer, until the tomatoes just start to cook. Take off the heat and drain off any liquid. 

Line a baking sheet with foil, spray with cooking spray, and put the pepper halves on it. Fill each half with equal amounts of cooked chicken mixture. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese, and spray with cooking spray over the top (to aid in low fat cheese melting). 

Bake for 25-30 minutes. Makes 2 servings. 

Per Serving:  1 lean protein, 3 vegetable, 1 healthy fat, 3 condiments


Recipe Source: Lean & Green Recipe Blog
Secondary Recipe and Photo Source: Edible Perspective Blog

I will definitely be testing this out in the near future. If you've tried either version, I absolutely want to hear your review in the comments below!

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