I love making this stuffed pepper recipe. It's one of the few ways I can get my husband to eat veggies. Make it meatless by replacing the beef with eggplant and adding more vegetables like mushrooms or squash. You can also replace the rice with barley, couscous or even orzo. —Jennifer Zimmerman, Avondale, Arizona
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- 6 medium sweet red peppers
- 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium zucchini, chopped
- 1 medium yellow summer squash, chopped
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 1/3 cup finely chopped green pepper
- 2 cups coarsely chopped fresh spinach
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 cup ready-to-serve long grain and wild rice
- 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 slices reduced-fat provolone cheese, halved
- Preheat oven to 350°. Cut and discard tops from red peppers; remove seeds. In a 6-qt. stockpot, cook peppers in boiling water 3-5 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain and rinse in cold water.
- In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles. Remove with a slotted spoon; pour off drippings.
- In same pan, heat oil over medium heat; saute zucchini, yellow squash, onion and green pepper 4-5 minutes or until tender. Add spinach and garlic; cook and stir 1 minute or until wilted. Stir in cooked beef, rice, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and salt.
- Place red peppers in a greased 8-in. square baking dish. Fill with meat mixture. Bake, covered, 35-40 minutes or until peppers are tender. Top with provolone cheese; bake, uncovered, 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Vegetable & Beef Stuffed Red Peppers in Light Recipes 2015, p29
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Reviewed Oct. 6, 2016
"I substituted chopped fresh mushrooms for the spinach, no problem. You may want additional salt and sauce."
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2016
"Made this for my family. Everyone loved these stuffed peppers, even the little kids! Thank you for sharing your recipe."