May 20, 2015

Stuffed Bell Peppers.... Paleo Style

Just so you know up front... I do not measure anything on this recipe.

I have made these for many years with rice added to them but needed a Paleo version for this Whole30.  I added far more veggies to this version and find that I like it better than the meat and rice version.  So, here is what I did...

I chopped a rainbow of bell peppers (red, orange, yellow, green) and then I chopped an onion and some zucchini into medium dice as well and then I sauteed it all and then put it aside in a bowl.

The green one will become the vessel to fill shortly...

I added olive oil to a hot pan (medium hot or you will have smoking oil)

This is my favorite sauteing pan

I just saute until the onions are shiny and starting to become opaque and the other veg is slightly softened

I use ground turkey but you could use ground anything... pork, beef, chicken, etc...
If you are not using the lean version then you may need to drain off some liquid before adding veggies into the pan with them.

I saute until thoroughly cooked and crumbly

While I am cooking the turkey I hollow out the green peppers... you can use whatever color you wish but I happened to have green this day.

Once the turkey or other meat is browned and crumbly you can add the veggies back into the pan and saute together for a few minutes to blend flavors.  I salt and pepper to taste at this point.

Once everything is mixed I add a can of tomato sauce to pull it all together and add extra flavor.

Once this is thoroughly blended you are ready to stuff the peppers.

Once they are stuffed you put them into a deep dish with water at least halfway up the sides and I have started adding a lid to them to steam the peppers a little more when I bake them.  Pop them into a 350 degree oven and bake for 30 to 45 minutes or until peppers are softened.  If I have any Marinara sauce in the refrigerator (which I often do because I make it a lot) I would add some on top of the filling toward the end of the baking period.

Sometimes I have a little leftover filling when I am not accurate so I just serve a little extra spilling out the top for my men folk.  They don't complain.  My husband has been known to pack this with extra rice for lunches.

Here they are... ready to serve!  I don't even miss the rice but if you want you could serve this with rice and a salad and it is a fine and filling meal.

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