Aromatic savory-and-sweet stuffed peppers are a satisfying supper, thanks to lean beef, brown rice and bell pepper in each bite. And this recipe makes just enough for two. Serve with rainbow chard sautéed with olive oil, garlic and parsley.

David Bonom
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2012


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  • Place peppers upside-down in a microwave-safe casserole dish just large enough to fit them. Add 1/2 inch water to the dish and cover with a lid or inverted dinner plate. Microwave on High until the peppers are tender but still hold their shape, 3 to 6 minutes. Drain the water and turn the peppers right-side up.

  • Meanwhile, cook beef and garlic in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, breaking up the beef with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, 4 to 6 minutes. Stir in currants, cumin and cinnamon; cook for 1 minute. Stir in rice and cook for 30 seconds more. Remove from the heat and stir in 1/4 cup vegetable juice, 2 tablespoons mint, orange zest, salt and pepper.

  • Spoon the beef mixture into the peppers. Pour the remaining 1 cup vegetable juice into the dish and cover. Microwave until the juice and filling are hot, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve the peppers with the sauce from the dish; garnish with mint, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

469 calories; protein 36.7g 73% DV; carbohydrates 52.2g 17% DV; exchange other carbs 3.5; dietary fiber 7.8g 31% DV; sugars 21.9g; fat 12.1g 19% DV; saturated fat 4.2g 21% DV; cholesterol 86.7mg 29% DV; vitamin a iu 5228.7IU 105% DV; vitamin c 200.2mg 334% DV; folate 66.7mcg 17% DV; calcium 89.2mg 9% DV; iron 5.8mg 33% DV; magnesium 94.6mg 34% DV; potassium 1422.8mg 40% DV; sodium 483.3mg 19% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 20% DV.

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Rating: 4 stars
We changed up the ingredients in the mince a bit but still worked so well! I found doing it in the microwave was so easy however we finished it off by popping it in the grill for 3 minutes to crisp it up as the capsicum/pepper was a tad rubbery from the microwave. The tastes were incredible so easy and simple to do after work:) Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Great non-oven recipe I've made this recipe twice now. Last night I didn't have any orange zest but the recipe was still great. You would think that the mint would overpower the flavors but it doesn't. One pepper is plenty per person. You could probably stuff three peppers even four if they are small. I'm having the leftover stuffing with a little more rice and the leftover sauce mixed up for lunch today with a side of leftover broccoli. I sent the recipe to my brother who is vegan with the suggestion of substituting beans or lentils for the meat. ps It would really help to do what a previous commentor suggested and cook the brown rice earlier. Pros: tasty low fat very filling Cons: had to cook brown rice for 45 minutes before starting recipe Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Subtle flavours and delicious! My husband and I thought this was the best thing we've tasted in a long time and it's heart-healthy! An unusual combination of flavors that all work together and come through so subtly. The red peppers I used cooked so beautifully in the microwave. I followed the recipe except for changing the amt. of cumin to 1/4 tsp. If you're tired of the same old same old give this a try! This will become a regular on our menu. Pros: Quick and colourful! Cons: None Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Yummy Delicious I made these for dinner and me and my husband loved them. I used brown rice to make it healthier and I cooked up the rice the day before t save time. It came out great and we loved them. ill definitely make again Pros: This recipe was fast and easy to make and healthy Cons: none Read More