Sunday, April 12, 2015

Healthy Stuffed Peppers

Growing up, my momma used to make stuffed peppers. They were wonderful. And I had kind of forgotten about them until I suddenly had a craving the other day.

The best thing is that this recipe is easy to sub and exchange items in to fit your plan. I will show you how I tweaked it, and suggest some other easy changes. The servings are huge, a great bang for your calorie buck! And at 409 calories per pepper and 39 g of protein, I am loving these macros.

Healthy Stuffed Peppers

Makes 4 hearty servings

4 bell peppers in any color
1 lbs lean ground beef (I used 90% lean, you could also sub lean ground chicken or turkey)
1 can tomato sauce (you could also sub diced tomatoes)
1/2 cup rice, cooked (you could also sub uncooked oats, even breadcrumbs or pureed cauliflower)
1/2 medium onion, diced
3 tbsp egg whites (or one whole egg)
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1 tsp stevia
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder (or 2 cloves, pressed)
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 cup cheese (Optional. I used cheddar. You could sub parmesan and mix it with the other ingredients.)

What you do:
Preheat oven to 350F.

Wash the peppers, and cut the tops off and remove the seeds inside. Place in a microwave safe dish, and microwave for 5 minutes to blanch.

In a separate large bowl, mix the remaining ingredients (except cheese) by hand thoroughly.

Grease an 8x8" pan and place the peppers upright. Stuff the meat mixture into the peppers. Place in the oven for 1 hour.

The last 3-5 minutes, pull the peppers out and top with cheese. Put back in the oven to melt.

Nutritional stats per serving:

Nutrition Facts
Servings 4.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 409
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19 g30 %
Saturated Fat 9 g45 %
Monounsaturated Fat 7 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 118 mg39 %
Sodium 1118 mg47 %
Potassium 1011 mg29 %
Total Carbohydrate 17 g6 %
Dietary Fiber 4 g14 %
Sugars 8 g
Protein 39 g78 %
Vitamin A83 %
Vitamin C263 %
Calcium17 %
Iron29 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because therecipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

10 Weight watchers points plus PPV

9 weight watchers points