Stuffed peppers are a long-time favorite in American cuisine. There are countless variations on the classic stuffed pepper. Some recipes stew the peppers, some top them with cheese, some use rice as a “filler”… you get the idea, there are many ways to do stuffed peppers and though most taste great, few are actually good for you.
We had yet to come across a recipe that utilized a filler other than rice, and I was determined to make this recipe work without it. We went with a spicy ground turkey mix with cauliflower rice in place of regular rice. Also inside are sauteed onions, tomato and garlic. These stuffed peppers are versatile enough to be a hearty dinner for two, a kickin’ appetizer, or a buffet style entree. However you present them, they are sure to please and will have your friends begging for the recipe.
- 4 Bell Peppers
- 1 lb Lean ground turkey
- 1/2 Onion, chopped
- 2 cups Cauliflower, grated
- 1 large tomato, chopped
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
- Montreal Steak Seasoning
- Crushed Pepper
- Olive Oil
- Preheat oven to 400°.
- Clean all vegetables, slice peppers approximately 1″ from tops and save tops. For miniature peppers, slice closer to the top.
- Clean out seeds and membrane from the inside of the peppers, then rinse.
- Grate cauliflower coarsely, and microwave for 1.5 minutes (if you’d prefer, you can add it earlier on in the sauteeing below in place of microwaving*).
- Cook turkey in a skillet on medium heat, and add Montreal steak seasoning, salt and crushed pepper to taste.
- Once turkey has cooked through, remove from heat and set aside in a bowl.
- Saute onion and garlic in your choice of coconut oil or olive oil. Add in tomato to briefly saute (about 1 minute)
- Add in cauliflower rice, then turkey and stir for 2-3 minutes before removing from heat. Allow mixture to cool a few minutes.
- Scoop turkey mixture into peppers, re-cap, then brush the outsides lightly with olive oil.
- Bake peppers for 15 minutes at 400°, or until edges are golden and peppers are somewhat soft. Smaller peppers take approximately 20 minutes to cook.
So there you have it – simple, healthy stuffed peppers that can be enjoyed anytime. Our friends love it when we bring this dish to parties in its alternate bite-sized form. The stuffing is just as easy to make, and cleaning the small peppers only takes a few extra minutes. We often get the reaction: “this is healthy?!” It is, and it’s something we hope you’ll all try and enjoy!