It had been a while since I cooked stuffed peppers for dinner. I came across this recipe just recently, so thought of making it for dinner last week. I prefer stuffing the sweet, brightly colored peppers as opposed to the green ones. It makes for a striking presentation don’t you think? Like I mentioned in an earlier post, I love it when my plate is colorful, it somehow excites and titillates one’s palate don’t you think? Well you’re going to love these, there’s a hint of curry powder that I added to bring out the bold taste, then there’s cumin and other spices, topped with cheese and fresh herbs. Brown rice is also added to the mix. A healthy, nourishing and versatile dish that’s bound to please all ages.
Ground Turkey and Brown Rice Stuffed Peppers
- 1 lb lean ground turkey
- 1 garlic, minced
- 1/4 onion, minced
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 2 tsp Madras curry powder
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 3 or 4 sweet large peppers, washed
- 1 cup fat free chicken broth
- 1/2 cup tomato sauce
- 1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice
- olive oil spray
- 6 tablespoon part skim Mozzarella shredded cheese
- Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Lightly spray olive oil spray in a medium nonstick skillet and heat on medium heat
- Add onion, garlic and cilantro and saute about 2 minutes, add ground turkey, salt, garlic powder, cumin and curry powder and cook meat for 4-5 minutes until meat is completely cooked through.
- Add 1/2 cup tomato sauce and 1/2 of chicken broth, mix well and simmer on low for about 5 minutes.
- Combine cooked rice and meat together.
- Cut the bell peppers in half lengthwise, and remove all seeds. Spoon 2/3 cup meat mixture into each pepper half and place in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Top each with 1 tablespoon cheese.
- Pour the remainder of the chicken broth on the bottom of the pan. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes.
- Remove the foil and serve right away with additional cheese if desired and garnish with cilantro.
The addition of the Madras curry powder definitely took it up a notch. Served with arugula, cucumber and avocado salad. A healthy and nutritious meal that can be a bit time consuming, but definitely worth the effort for a weeknight meal.