Traditional stuffed peppers are great and all but if you’re anything like me you eat all the “stuff” and leave the pepper lol. I like vegetables a lot but I would rather not eat an entire pepper. The deconstructed stuffed pepper is the way to go. It provides a colorful, nutritious meal that can be made versatile and diverse depending on your taste palate.
The Stuffed Pepper Essentials
- Peppers: Choose a favorite pepper type (red bell, yellow, orange, or green). A green bell pepper is a bit more bitter than the other three. The red, yellow, and orange peppers have a bit of a sweeter taste. In this particular recipe, I used one orange, red, and green pepper.
- Rice: My all time favorite rice is basmati. This rice is a long, white grain and has a high carb count and a fair amount of protein compared to regular white rice. I like basmati rice in particular becuase of the delicious flavor but it is also medium low on the glycemic index scale. This means it does not spike the blood sugar the way traditional white rice will.
- Ground turkey breast: I don’t eat animal products too often but when I do I always ensure it’s lower in fat and sustainably produced. Due to the fact that this type of meat is healthier with less fat, it has less flavor and therefore the spices will be key! If you want to learn more about sustainable and ethical farming practices, you can read my article here.
- Spices: I always say add spices to your taste preferences. I use garlic & herb seasoning by McCormick which you can find on Amazon, here. Additionally, I utilized granulated garlic and onion seasoning along with some crushed red pepper. Of course, salt and pepper to taste.
- Cheese: Who doesn’t love cheese? ….. crickets….. I used shredded cheddar for the stuffed peppers but feel free to get as fancy as you want with this. A smoked flavored cheese would be incredible with this meal.
- 24 oz. or 1.5 lbs. or ground turkey breast
- Olive oil
- 3 peppers, chopped
- 1 small yellow or white onion, chopped
- 225 grams or 1.25 cups rice
- 5 oz. cheese
- ~ 1 TBSP garlic & herb seasoning (see notes above)
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Cook rice according to package directions and set aside
- While the rice is cooking, begin to chop all the peppers and onion and then fry in light olive oil until fragrant and tender
- In another large frying pan, cook ground turkey on medium temperature until there is no pink
- Lower the temperature to low and stir in appropriate spices to taste (see notes above).
- Add cheese to melt into the ground turkey mixture
- Finally, mix the veggies and rice into the ground turkey mixture combining everything together
I’m the biggest believer of meal prep and this is one of my favorite dishes to prep. Meal prepping is always made easier with glass, airtight containers which are all the same size. My favorite meal prep containers can be found on Amazon, here. If you want to learn more about meal prepping, I wrote a whole article about it which can be found here.
Remember, if you are new to meal prep and want to start, baby steps are best. Start with prepping one meal and get the hang of it prior to meal prepping more.