Turkey Stuffed Bell Peppers

Turkey Stuffed Roasted Yellow Bell Peppers

Nothing (at least in my mind) screams flavor like roasted bell peppers. You can use yellow, orange or red bell peppers for this dish. I happened to have yellow peppers hanging around in the kitchen, so that’s what I used.

This recipe is so easy to whip up. Prepare the rice ahead of time and store in the fridge. You can even roast the peppers earlier in the day and then fill just before you’re ready to serve. It will take about 12 minutes to reheat in the oven.

Roasted Yellow Peppers

Cut three bell peppers in half, removing seeds/pulp/stem. Spray baking dish and peppers with non-Roast in oven for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. stick cooking oil.

While peppers are roasting prepare the turkey stuffing.

Cook 1/2 pound lean ground turkey breast. Remove from heat and set aside.

Add the following to the skillet and mix well:

  • 1 cup diced onions (I used scallions)
  • 1 generous tablespoon of packaged taco seasoning
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked rice (brown or white)
  • 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3/4 cups frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup salsa (the kind in a jar, you pick the heat… hot, medium, or mild)
  • 1/2 cup enchilada sauce (the kind in a can)

 

Season with salt and pepper to desired taste. Using a scoop, fill each bell pepper half with the turkey mixture.

Cook in a 400 degree oven for an additional 12 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese on each pepper half.

Place peppers back in the oven and heat until cheese is melted. Remove from oven and serve within 5-10 minutes. An avocado slice and dollop of fat-free sour cream is a perfect garnish.

OK, time for reckoning. How many calories is this dish going to cost you? Each 1/2 stuffed bell pepper is around 350 calories. Keep in mind that each pepper half is stuffed with both rice and turkey meat, not to mention the black beans. These are all VERY filling. For me, one pepper half is a full meal.

If you’re looking to carve calories, consider reducing the black beans and rice by half. You can easily deduct 68 calories from each serving. I would definitely opt for the calorie reduction if you plan on serving with no-fat sour cream (try non-fat yogurt instead) and a slice of avocado.

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