One of my best friends makes stuffed bell peppers that are to die for. Last weekend she whipped them up for a post beachday dinner. Still coated in sand, salt and smiles, we sat on the beach with our peppers, red wine and kids. Everything was right in the world.

 

They say imitation is the best form of flattery. And, they’re right. Using what I had in my kitchen, I made a batch for dinner tonight. Purposefully, I made extra because I might want one for breakfast tomorrow – no joke. Can you imagine a fried egg on top of this goodness? I’ll let you know how that goes.

Turkey Stuffed Bell Peppers

Turkey Stuffed Bell Peppers

Stuffed Bell Peppers

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of ground meat. I used lean ground turkey tonight. Janet uses venison and it is amazing. I am hoping to try it with bison and elk one of these days.
  • 1 tablespoon garlic infused olive oil
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 cup of frozen corn
  • 1 cup of brown rice, cooked
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of sliced almonds
  • 4 bell peppers, cut in half and seeded. I used orange and yellow tonight and would have used red if I had it. Green? Not so much.
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 jar of salsa, or fresh if you’re super awesome
  • dollop of greek yogurt, optional

Process:

  1. Heat the garlic infused olive oil over medium heat. Add diced onions and sauté until tender. Add cherry tomatoes and sauté until soft.
  2. Stir in the corn and then add in the cooked brown rice and sliced almonds. Mix it up and transfer to a plate for a few moments.
  3. In the same pan heat olive oil and brown the ground meat.
  4. Season the meat with cumin, paprika, salt and pepper.
  5. Add the rice/onion/corn/tomato mixture to the ground meat.
  6. Spoon the mixture into each of the bell peppers. Like I did, you may have some leftover. Just tuck it in the fridge and toss it with greens the next day. Bam, salad magic!
  7. Top bell peppers with cilantro and a few scoops of the salsa.
  8. Grill on the BBQ until the peppers are cooked to your liking.
  9. Top with a dollop of greek yogurt, unless that grosses you out. I happen to love it!

 

Hope your long weekend was full of great weather, fun times and awesome people. Happy Labor Day!

 

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