Stuffed Peppers (The Healthy way!)

If you couldn’t tell by now, I love to eat – and I’m not just talking about fruit and salads. I like all the good, yummy food, and definitely way too much. So today, I’ve decided to get serious and start a healthier eating diet! I am determined to find good, healthy food that actually tastes good and breaks the boring old routine of salads and fruit. I am someone who has a short attention span for dieting, so to start my diet journey, I decided to make Turkey Stuffed Peppers chock full of protein, fiber, and delicious flavor! Here’s what you’ll need:

4 medium bell peppers (I used 6 and didn’t halve them)
2 teaspoons oil
1 cup onion, chopped
8 ounces ground turkey
1 clove garlic
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 cup black beans
1 cup salsa
1 cup brown rice, cooked
1/2 cup shredded cheese (Mexican blend, or whatever you prefer!)
Chopped scallions (optional)

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First, you’ll need to start cooking your rice. Depending on what kind you get, it could take up to 40 minutes. For mine, I used brown rice, water, and butter and cooked for about 20 minutes – it cooks longer in the oven. However, if you like extremely tender rice, I would recommend making sure it’s cooked exactly the way you want it before putting it in the oven. Next, preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Then, you’ll want to cut up your onion and cook in a skillet until translucent. Once the onion has cooked down, add the garlic, ground turkey, cumin, and chili powder. Cook until browned. Once browned, add the beans, salsa, and rice.

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Once everything is mixed together and cooked down, you’re ready to start scooping into your peppers! Cut off the tops of your peppers and start cutting out the middle veins and seeds. Once the peppers are cleaned and stuffed, put in a 9×13 pan and cover with tin foil and cook for about 30-40 minutes.

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When there is about five minutes left, pull out of oven and sprinkle with your shredded cheese and cook for the remaining five minutes. Pull out of the oven and top with scallions and you’re ready to enjoy!

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So I REALLY enjoyed this. It has a nice warming flavor and tasted like it was all yummy goodness. For those of you doing Weight Watchers, it is only FIVE points! 🙂 This was also my first time cooking ground turkey, and honestly I couldn’t even tell the difference from ground beef. It’s way healthier for you and tastes just as delicious! The black beans added a nice texture and was delicious and slightly creamy. The rice was a nice slightly “al dente” texture (I’m trying to sugar coat it because I think it was undercooked). Overall, great flavor. I did not add more salsa to it, but definitely another type of sauce or maybe sour cream?? Something to definitely just try everything together. The scallions unfortunately fell by the wayside and didn’t impact the dish all that much, so maybe cilantro would be a better substitute.

Here’s to healthy eating!

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