Monday, October 10, 2011

Stuffed Green Peppers

This recipe is one of my own creations. I think it is a more healthy take on the stuffed bell peppers my mom used to make when I was young. She used Minute Rice, Tomato Sauce and ground beef......which is all fine and well when you're a kid. But as an adult I'd like a little more interesting flavors in my stuffed peppers. So one I night I created this and I think it is delicious. So does Lee!  My recipe calls for brown rice but tonight I cheated and used Trader Joes frozen brown rice medley ( it has brown rice, red rice and black barley! - SO nutty and chewy and yummy). The Trader Joes' rice cooks in just a few minutes, so I followed the directions and then sprinkled with a few shakes of onion powder. 


Preheat oven to 350 and set a large pot of water on the boil.


2 C cooked brown rice
Onion Bouillon
1 lb ground turkey
salt, pepper to taste
1 tsp poultry seasoning
1 tsp Italian seasoning
3 cloves chopped garlic
1 onion, chopped
2 TBL fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 zucchini, grated
1 pkg mushrooms, sliced
1 large can diced tomatoes
4 large green bell peppers
grated cheddar cheese (I used about 3/4 of a block.....yum)


1. Cook rice with bouillon (or use cooked Trader Joes rice)

2. Brown turkey and season with salt and pepper, poultry seasoning and  Italian seasoning. Mix rice and turkey in a large bowl.

3. Saute garlic, onion, parsley, and mushrooms until cooked and tender, about 10 minutes. Add to bowl with turkey mixture.

4. Add zucchini and tomatoes into turkey mixture, and about 1 cup cheese.

5. Clean the peppers, and cut off tops (reserve for another use). Boil in water for just 2 minutes each. Put a layer of turkey mixture on bottom of dish to balance peppers. Place peppers into dish and stuff with turkey mixture. Put MORE cheese on top of each pepper and bake at 350 for about 20-30 minutes or until hot.

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