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These Effortless 5-Ingredient Stuffed Peppers make a Great Budget-Friendly Meal
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These Effortless 5-Ingredient Stuffed Peppers make a Great Budget-Friendly Family Meal

A tasty stuffed pepper dinner bursting with flavor
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Budget-Friendly, Gluten-Free
Servings: 6
Calories: 183kcal


  • 6 whole bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup dry quinoa rinsed and strained
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey cooked
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1.5 cup low fat cheddar or mexican blend cheese


  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare peppers by removing and discarding tops and insides, keeping peppers intact.
  • In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup water to a boil. Add quinoa and reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until water is fully absorbed.
  • Mix ground turkey, cooked quinoa, salsa, salt and peppers, and 1 cup cheese until combined. Stuff each peppers with the mixture.
  • Sprinkle remaining cheese along with any other topping of choice (avocado, cilantro, etc) on top of each pepper and cook for 25-30 minutes.


Feel free to top peppers with your toppings of choice. Sliced avocado, fat-free sour cream, and cilantro make excellent options. 


Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 522mg | Potassium: 616mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 4011IU | Vitamin C: 153mg | Calcium: 141mg | Iron: 1mg |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 4