Wide shot of a yellow, red, and green peppers filled with rice, meat and cheese. Peppers are displayed in a black cast iron skillet.

5-Ingredient Stuffed Peppers

Wide shot of a yellow, red, and green peppers filled with rice, meat and cheese. Peppers are displayed in a black cast iron skillet.

5-Ingredient Stuffed Peppers

Bell peppers stuffed with savory fire-roasted tomatoes, sausage, and rice.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 231 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • Cooking spray
  • 8 whole bell peppers
  • 1 pound ground Italian turkey sausage, spicy or sweet
  • 1 ½ cups cooked whole-grain rice
  • One (15-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 cup reduced-fat cheese, shredded
  • ¼ cup cilantro or green onions, chopped, optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Spray large baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Remove stems from bell peppers, slice off tops and set aside, remove seeds.
  • Arrange bell peppers upright in baking dish and bake about 10 minutes until tender.
  • While baking, dice bell pepper tops.
  • Over medium-high heat, cook sausage in a large pan, breaking apart it as it cooks. As sausage starts to brown, add diced peppers and continue cooking until browned, about 6 minutes.
  • Remove bell peppers from oven. Set aside.
  • Using slotted spoon, transfer sausage mixture to large bowl.
  • Add cooked whole-grain rice, canned tomatoes with juice, and ½ of the shredded cheese. Mix gently.
  • Spoon mixture into the cooked peppers a little at a time to prevent peppers from splitting.
  • Top with remaining cheese.
  • Return to oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and garnish with cilantro or green onions, if using. Serve.

Notes

Change it Up
  • Swap the sausage, use lentils or ground beef, turkey, or chicken.
  • Use different flavors of canned diced tomatoes such as chili style or Italian style.
  • Add a mix of sautéed corn, diced eggplant, zucchini, and summer squash.
  • Try with other cooked whole grains like millet, quinoa, barley, or farro.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 stuffed pepperCalories: 231kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 18gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 492mgFiber: 3g
Keyword Comfort Food, Easy, Fall, Kid-friendly
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