Pieced Pastimes: Stuffed Peppers - A Healthier Version

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Stuffed Peppers - A Healthier Version

Comfort foods are a family favorite in our home. The Wikipedia definition of Comfort Food is "traditionally eaten food which often provides a nostalgic or sentimental feeling to the person eating it".

Stuffed Peppers is a favorite family comfort food. This recipe is a lightened up version that just happens to be every bit as delicious.

Certain foods just say 'home' to me and this Stuffed Peppers recipe is one of them. 

Stuffed Peppers is a favorite family comfort food. This recipe is a lightened up version that just happens to be every bit as delicious.

Over the years, I have tweaked some recipes to come up with healthier versions of our favorite dishes. This recipe is one that I tend to make again and again. 

Now for the recipe....

Stuffed Peppers - Makes 6 Servings

- 6 Bell Peppers 
- 24 oz Tomato Sauce
- 3/4 pound Ground Breast of Turkey
- 3/4 pound Lean Ground Sirloin
- 3/4 cup Panko Bread Crumbs - (Set aside 3 tbsp)
- 2 tsp Italian Seasoning
- 1 tsp chopped Garlic
- 1/2 cup Pine Nuts or Finely Chopped Walnuts
- 1/2 cup Reduced Fat Parmesan Cheese
- 3/4 cup Reduced Fat Mozzarella Cheese - (Set aside 1/4 cup) 
- 1 Small Onion, Finely Diced
- 2 Egg Whites
- 1 cup cooked Brown Rice
- 1/8 cup Water

 - Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour the tomato sauce into a casserole dish. Wash the peppers and cut the tops off to create cups and remove the seeds. In a large bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients. Stuff each pepper with the meat filling and place in the sauce lined dish. Cover the casserole dish with foil and bake for approximately 1 hour - or until meat stuffing is cooked through. Remove foil and add the mozzarella cheese and bread crumbs - that were set aside, to the tops of the peppers. Place back in oven until the cheese is melted and the bread crumbs are lightly browned. Remove from oven and serve.

Stuffed Peppers is a favorite family comfort food. This recipe is a lightened up version that just happens to be every bit as delicious.

These peppers are very filling and you don't need much else with them. I like to serve them with a simple garden salad and perhaps a light dinner roll.

Stuffed Peppers is a favorite family comfort food. This recipe is a lightened up version that just happens to be every bit as delicious.

I hope that you are able to enjoy the tradition of comfort foods in your home.



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4 comments:

  1. I haven't had stuffed peppers in so long. My family won't eat them, but I love them. They sound yummy! Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays.

    Hugs,
    Deborah

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  2. Oh these look soooooooooooo good. I love stuffed peppers and this is a great recipe. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  3. Hi Suzanne. I love stuffed peppers! Thanks so much for sharing this delicious recipe with us at my Sweet Wednesday Link Party, I appreciate you!

    Have a Sweet Weekend!
    Heather
    MySweetMission.net

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  4. These look so delicious! I love the healthier part, too! YUMMY!! Thank you so much for sharing with us at A Bouquet of Talent this week. You had one of the top view features. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. :)
    Hugs
    Kathy

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