Italian Stuffed Peppers

01854e6b5173e93671eeaec5d9bd13fe768607311fI wasn’t going to blog this recipe, but after posting a picture on my Facebook page, I had such a great response that I decided I had to share this one (please forgive the lack of pretty pictures, I will update the post when I make the next batch). This recipe is made about once per round of 21 day fix in our house. While we like our peppers on the crispier side, you can cover them in foil and cook longer to achieve a nice and soft pepper.

Ingredients:

  • 6 Bell Peppers (look for larger, wider peppers)
  • 1.3 Pounds Ground Lean Turkey (93%, I try to find antibiotic and hormone free as well)
  • 3 8oz Cans Tomato Sauce
  • 1 Cup Quinoa, Uncooked
  • 2 Cups Mozzarella Cheese, 2%
  • 2 Tbsp. Dried Parsley
  • 2 tsp Dried Onion Flakes
  • 1 tsp Dried Basil
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Thyme
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Black Pepper

*Note: You could use an Italian seasoning blend but I prefer to make my own.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit01c64bfa67f30f5c85450f48eef7ab963447e6c4fb
  2. Cook Quinoa according to package (omit any oil indicated in directions)
  3. Combine dried parsley through ground black pepper in a small bowl
  4. Cook turkey until no longer pink, drain fat from turkey, add seasoning and cook an additional minute or until spices become fragrant 
  5. Combine quinoa, turkey, 1 cup of cheese, and tomato sauce in a large bowl
  6. Cut tops from bell peppers and stuff with turkey mixture
  7. Place peppers in baking dish and fill bottom of dish with 1/2 inch water, top peppers with remaining cheese (tent dish with foil if you desire a more tender pepper)
  8. Cook for 35 minutes or until cheese browns
  9. Allow to cool for at least 5 minutes before serving

0192e3c4eadb8e85fd797fe407e7cfb41959b6adeaIf you would like to go dairy free, there are some great dairy free/soy free cheeses on the market (my favorite brand so far is Daiya). Just make sure to keep them away from David, because he is a cheese monster and thinks my alternative dairy products are crazy. Interesting fact we learned during marriage, if you go dairy free long enough your body actually becomes semi lactose intolerant….I wasn’t feeding David dairy due to my intolerance and he got really ill after eating pizza…Good news is it can be reversed by incorporating dairy gradually back into your diet. Hence why David enjoys his cheese and snubs his nose at my dairy free!