Have you noticed all of the Stuffed Peppers recipes on the internet lately? I was intrigued by them and decided that I needed my own version. First let me tell you a secret, I have never been a fan of bell peppers…..
but I am trying to broaden my horizons, and try new things. I already fell in love with roasted bell peppers, so I thought that this would be a good next step…..and I was right!
What better time to try something completely new, than on a date right? That is exactly the kind of thing that I would do!!
Adorable!! To make them a bit “healthier” I decided to fill them with Wild Rice…..
I chose one that cooked quickly (15 minutes) and I started throwing things into the skillet! Normal people would probably start with a recipe, but that’s not how I roll folks. I see a picture on pinterest, and that is all the inspiration that I need.
So, I started by cutting the tops off of the bell peppers…..
then I removed the seeds and veins…..
cooked everything on the stove-top in a skillet…..
and filled them up…..
The filling seemed a bit dry, so I grabbed some enchilada sauce. I added it to the stuffing mixture, and then poured even more on top when I served them…and they turned out perfectly. I would not be embarrassed at all to serve these on a real date, they were delicious!
Spinach is high in vitamin K, which is good for bone health, and manganese, which helps lower blood pressure. I should really eat more spinach!! It also has anti-inflammatory properties, which is awesome! You could add sour cream or Greek yogurt to increase the calcium content as well.
Part of my thinking with the Pumpkin Soup, and now the Stuffed Peppers, was to justify the Eggnog Creme Brulee that I had been wanting to try…as well as the Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls! That’s what they mean by moderation, right?
|Serves||6 - 8|
|Prep time||10 minutes|
|Cook time||45 minutes|
|Total time||55 minutes|
|Meal type||Main Course|
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 Medium yellow onion
- 2 Large cloves fresh garlic (minced)
- 1 Pound grass-fed 85% ground beef (or ground turkey)
- 2 Cups cooked wild rice
- 1 Package chopped, frozen spinach (thawed and drained)
- 1 cup frozen corn (thawed and drained)
- 1 can organic black beans (drained and rinsed)
- 16 Ounces enchilada sauce (divided)
- 4 Large red bell peppers (seeded, and cleaned)
- 1 cup shredded cheese (optional)
I only made 4 Stuffed Peppers - I used the remaining filling for nachos.