Microwave Stuffed Peppers

Even my grandmother approves of this quick-and-easy twist on a hearty Polish dish!

Ingredients:

2 large bell peppers (or 4 medium)

Stuffing:

  • 1 cup white rice, cooked
  • 1# of Lean Ground Beef (90/10)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp salt

Sauce:

  • 1 can Hunt’s 100% Natural Tomato Sauce
  • 1 can (11.5oz) Low Sodium V8

Cheese Topping:

  • 4 slices 2% Kraft Singles (or 8 slices if using 4 medium peppers)
  • ½ cup 2% shredded mozzarella

Directions:

  1. Cook rice in a saucepan per directions on package. Usually 2 cups water to 1 cup (dry) rice – this will give you leftover rice to use in other dishes.
  2. While rice is cooking – clean, cut, and core bell peppers removing all seeds and stems; dice onion.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine cooked rice, ground beef, pepper, garlic powder, and salt.
  4. Use non-stick spray to coat glass baking dish to cook peppers – make sure peppers are snug, but there is still room for sauce in the baking dish. Most importantly, make sure the baking dish fits in your microwave!
  5. Stuff peppers with the ground beef and rice mixture.
  6. In a separate bowl, whisk together tomato sauce and V8 juice. Pour ¾ of the mixture over the peppers, and in the baking dish.
  7. Cover the baking dish with waxed or parchment paper and place stuffed peppers in the microwave on for 25 minutes (on high).
  8. After 25 minutes, place one slice of cheese over each pepper and microwave for 30 seconds. For increased visual appeal, top each pepper with shredded mozzarella. The first layer of cheese will melt into the stuffed pepper. Using Velveeta solves this problem but adds fat and calories.

***NOTE: The only way to make sure ground beef is cooked completely is with a food thermometer – Look for an internal temperature of 155*F or higher.

Nutrition Facts: PER 4 STUFFED PEPPERS

Calories – 468 Total Fat – 16g Total Carbohydrate – 19g Protein – 40g

*approximate values obtained from myfitnesspal.com

**To increase fiber and decrease fat, substitute brown rice and ground turkey for white rice and ground beef. Additional seasonings may be needed if ground turkey is used, since the fat from the lean ground beef adds flavor.

Recipe developed by: Amanda E. Kruse  R.D. 

 

Photo credit:  www.healthyaperture.com via www.runningtothekitchen.com

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