When I moved into my first apartment, my mother made me a full dish of stuffed peppers. Probably five or six, just for one person. And I ate them all. Every. Single. One. For the entire week and a half (before I went to the grocery store) and as I settled into my new place, I ate stuffed peppers. They were amazing. And they will forever taste like home, but to be honest, I forgot all about them until she made them over Christmas and I re-fell in love.
So it was decided. I needed to make them at home. Stat.
Stuffed Pepper Goodness:
Here’s what you need:
- 1 lb. of meat – shredded chicken (healthiest), ground turkey, beef, sausage, etc.
- Peppers (1 per person)
- 1 bag frozen corn
- 1/2 chopped onion
- 1 can diced tomatoes (I like the garlic flavor)
- 3 tbsp minced garlic
- pinches of these spices: oregano, Italian seasoning, onion powder, salt, pepper
- 1 can beans (If desired. I used red but you can use black, etc.)
- 2 cups brown rice (Or you can eliminate to go no-carb)
- 1 1/2 cans of tomato sauce/Prego
- 2 cups mozzerella cheese
Stuffed peppers are actually incredibly easy.
1. First step: make the rice and while that’s going, gut your peppers (AKA: Cut the tops off and scoop out the insides so they’re hollow. If there’s any pepper pieces you can salvage from the tops, chop that and set that off to the side.
2. Put your gutted peppers in a glass dish (sprayed) at 350 degrees for 15-20 min to soften
3. While that’s happening, cook the meat and chopping your veggies (add those pepper pieces!
4. Drain the meat then add spices, garlic, chopped veggies, and 1 can of sauce. Cook for 10-15 on medium.
5. At this point, your rice should be done, so toss the rice in there and mix. (You can also add a little cheese if you’d like)
6. When that’s done, take out your peppers and get ready to stuff!
*You now have two options!
a. add the remaining sauce to the mix the cover the tops with cheese
b. stuff as is, add cheese, then pour the sauce on top
Whatever you decide, stuff your peppers to the max! Then cook for about 15 min on 350, or until tender but not mushy. A crisp pepper is a good pepper!
They should look like this:
Hooray for stuffed peppers (says Snapchat). What an easy dinner to make for yourself, your family, or friends. Plus, leftovers are super easy to just re-heat in the oven! Yay!