Healthy Stuffed Bell Peppers

Green Peppers

I polled my followers on Facebook last week about what they do with ground beef.  I was looking for something different to do with the ground beef from our CSA other than my usual – taco salad, hamburgers, or chili.  My best friend reminded me about stuffed peppers.  I have made them since high school because they can be so time intensive.   We got bell peppers in our CSA pick-up last week and I took that as a sign to make them.   I also used whole tomatoes rather than tomato sauce and added some shredded red cabbage to boost the nutrient value.

Healthy Stuffed Bell Peppers  (serves 6)

1/2 cup uncooked brown rice

6 green peppers, tops cut off and insides removed

1 pound ground beef

2/3 cup minced onion

4 cloves garlic minced

1 tomato, diced

1/4 head red cabbage, shredded

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 teaspoons oregano

1 teaspoon sage

1 teaspoon thyme

salt & pepper to taste

Cook rice according to package directions on the stove or in a rice cooker.  Preheat oven to 350.  Heat a pan on the stove on medium.  Add the olive oil and swirl around.  Add onions and garlic, stir for 30 seconds and add salt and pepper to taste.  Cook 2 minutes and remove from the pan.  Add ground beef to the pan.  Salt and pepper to taste while browning the beef.  Add oregano, sage, and thyme.  Return the onions and garlic to the pan once the beef is browned, as well as the tomato and red cabbage.  Cook for 5 minutes.  Place in a large mixing bowl with the cooked rice and stir well to incorporate the ingredients.  Place bell peppers into a 13×9 baking pan.  Spoon mixture into the bell peppers.  Bake 40-50 minutes on the bottom rack.

Healthy Stuffed Bell Peppers

Tips: If you don’t want the top of the filling to brown, cover with the tops of the bell peppers while baking.  When I cook my brown rice, I always add extra water to give it the texture of white sticky rice.  If there is still water in the pan or rice cooker when it is done cooking, let it sit and it will absorb the extra water.  I drained the filling in a mesh colander before mixing it in with the rice.  The filling won’t stick together and if you want it to stick together, you can not drain it or mix tomato sauce in with it before placing it in the bell peppers.

Anyone want to come help me eat the leftovers?

This post is linked to Friday Foodie Fix at The WHOLE Gang.