Love the idea of stuffed bell peppers but don’t want to go to the hassle of making them? Try our Stuffed Pepper Casserole! It has all the wonderful flavors and textures found in stuffed bell peppers in an easy-to-make casserole! We’ve kept it skinny by using ground turkey, brown rice, and low-fat cheese. This casserole is so good even the littles in your family will be wolfing it down!
Serve with a nice tossed salad for a filling dinner, or enjoy for lunch the next day. Leftovers (if there are any) reheat well. You can even make it ahead of time and freeze it for a quick meal down the road!
Yields: 6 servings | Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups | Calories: 384 | Total Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium 769mg | Carbohydrates: 35g | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Protein: 25g | SmartPoints: 12
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 pound extra lean ground turkey
- 1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups bell peppers, diced (use a variety of colored bell peppers!)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black peppers
- 1 (14 ounce) can no sugar added diced tomatoes
- 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon dry oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon ground thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon dry basil
- 1 cup brown rice (uncooked)
- 1 cup low fat shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly spray a 9X13 inch casserole dish with nonstick spray.
In a medium sauce pan, heat olive oil on medium heat. Add ground turkey, onion, and garlic. Cook, breaking meat into small pieces, until no pink remains in the turkey and onions are soft. Add the bell peppers, salt, and black pepper. Continue to cook until peppers just begin to soften. Drain off any excess oil.
Add remaining ingredients with the exception of rice and cheese. Bring to a boil and add the rice. Continue to boil for 1 minute and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring often to prevent the mix from sticking to the bottom of the pot. If more liquid is needed, add about 1/4 cup of water. When rice is almost tender (not quite cooked all the way) transfer mix to the prepared casserole dish.
Top mix with cheese and bake for about 15 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
How did this recipe turn out for you! We’d love your feedback in the comments!