Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers

7 Reviews
From the EatingWell Kitchen

Lean ground turkey makes a moist, low-fat substitute for the ground beef that's usually found in stuffed pepper filling. To add a nutty flavor and boost the nutrition even further, we call for cooked brown rice, but this recipe will also work with white rice.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 4 large green bell peppers
  • 1½ teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1½ cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce, (1 cup), divided
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt, (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper


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  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cut out stem ends of bell peppers and discard. Scoop out seeds. Bring 8 cups water to a boil in a large pot and blanch the peppers until tender-crisp, about 1 minute. Drain and cool under cold running water. Set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add turkey and cook, crumbling with a wooden spoon, just until it loses its pink color, about 2 minutes. Drain the fat.
  4. Transfer the turkey mixture to a medium bowl and mix in rice, ½ cup tomato sauce, parsley, salt (if using) and pepper. Stuff the peppers with the mixture and place them in a 2-quart casserole dish. Spoon the remaining ½ cup tomato sauce over the peppers. Cover and bake until the peppers are tender and the filling is heated through, 30 to 35 minutes.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 327 calories; 12 g fat(3 g sat); 6 g fiber; 31 g carbohydrates; 25 g protein; 39 mcg folate; 84 mg cholesterol; 7 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 1,017 IU vitamin A; 139 mg vitamin C; 65 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 354 mg sodium; 805 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (232% daily value), Vitamin A (20% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 1 starch, 2½ vegetable, 3 lean protein, ½ fat

Reviews 7

September 13, 2017
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By: Kim
I added taco seasoning mix for extra flavour.. my kids and hubby loved it :) definitely will make this again
February 01, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
lower calorie option I substitute cauliflower for rice, this significantly reduces the calorie count and the taste is not affected at all. I used an onion chopper(alternatively a food processor) and made fine granules of cauliflower before sauteing with garlic and onion before adding the meat. Great flavours, must try if trying to cut calories but increase veggie intake. Pros: increase your veggie intake
May 27, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Been making this for years I have been making these stuffed peppers for years but just came across this recipe today while I was trying to figure out how many calories where in this dish. The only thing different I do is top the stuffed peppers with a little bit of cheese. This is easy to make even for a busy weeknight. Pros: easy
September 20, 2010
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By: gin695
I added some red pepper flakes to give them a little added punch. They freeze well. Might have to add a little more tomato sauce when used.
July 22, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
An easy way to bring out a fancy dish! It tasted great even without the tomato sauce (which I had forgotten to add) and baking it uncovered in the oven also caused no problems.
April 05, 2010
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By: dmbsoul
This was a great recipe. I used yellow and orange peppers instead of green. I also added a little parmesan cheese which gave it a richness that made you feel like you were really indulging!
January 03, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
I thought this recipe was a great basic recipe that is easily altered to taste. We added italian seasoning and some parmesan, for example, and they came out amazingly well. Mmmmm...
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