A delicious twist on stuffed peppers

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If you love stuffed peppers, you’re going to love the idea of these unstuffed peppers! They have all the flavor and texture of traditional stuffed peppers but require less mess and less time to make. It’s a convenient and quick recipe to make that’s loaded with so much goodness!

Unsuffed bell peppers are not only fast to make, but they’re really delicious, too! Everyone in the family will love having this be what’s for dinner! They’re perfect for a fast and easy weeknight meal or a fun way to cut out some carbs and focus on putting some good nutrition into your body.

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Unstuffed vs. stuffed peppers


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  1. Less steps – Traditionally, with stuffed peppers, you have to prepare the peppers in one dish, making the rice or quinoa in another pot, then core the peppers. Finally, you bring all the ingredients together by stuffing them and baking them. Some nights, that’s too many steps, and you just want to minimize the steps for making dinner.
  2. Less time – Instead of a 60-minute recipe, this one literally takes half the time from start to finish.
  3. Less clean up – There is less cookware and bakeware involved when they’re not stuffed.
  4. Same amazing flavor – Yes, all the way!

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Ingredients to make ground beef unstuffed peppers

  • Bell peppers: You can use green or any other color. The closer to red, the sweeter the pepper.
  • Beef: It’s best to use lean ground beef for this recipe.
  • Rice: Use any type of rice to make the unstuffed peppers more filling and substantial.
  • Onions and garlic: You’ll need these for flavoring the ground beef and adding texture to the unstuffed bell pepper bowls.
  • Seasonings: Oregano, salt and pepper are recommended.
  • Tomato paste and tomato sauce: Tomato sauce brings the dish altogether. You can use canned or jarred and your favorite brand.
  • For serving: The unstuffed pepper mix is served in a bowl, and you can add any toppings you want. I usually just add shredded cheese and chopped fresh parsley.

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How to make healthy unstuffed peppers

  1. Cook the ground beef and peppers in a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the tomato paste once the beef is browned.
  3. Put in the diced tomatoes, rice and water. Bring to a boil, and then reduce.
  4. Make sure the mixture is stirred well so that the seasonings are dispersed.
  5. Let cool a bit to help the rice soak in the flavors.
  6. Fluff with a fork and serve!

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Tips for making beef unstuffed peppers

  1. Use a different protein. You can easily make this with another ground meat like chicken, turkey, lamb or bison.
  2. Mix up your bowls. I love the flavor and texture of quinoa in these bowls, but you can easily swap it for rice or even pasta if you prefer.
  3. Add in other veggies. If you really want to load in the veggies, you can add in mushrooms, peas or beans when you cook the onions.
  4. Use spaghetti sauce. If you’re not a fan of tomato paste, you can easily use spaghetti sauce in its place.
  5. Leave out the meat. If you want to have a vegetarian unstuffed pepper, just leave out the meat and add in other peppers instead. Adding colored bell peppers can add a fun brightness to this dish!

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How to store

Leftovers of this healthy pepper recipe are the best! Just add them to an airtight container and store them in the fridge. They’ll stay good for 2-3 days and reheat to perfection.

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How to reheat

The fastest way to reheat healthy unstuffed peppers is to use the microwave. Reheat in 30 second intervals until it’s hot. Make sure that you store in between times so that the heat gets dispersed all the way through.

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Can you make these easy unstuffed peppers ahead of time?

Yes! These unstuffed peppers are so great for meal prep. The beef and pepper mixture will keep well for 3-4 days in the fridge. You can then quickly reheat it and add it to your bowl.

Can you freeze healthy unstuffed peppers?

Yes! You can make up a big batch of the ground beef mix, and it makes for a great freezer meal. It will keep well for around 3-4 months. Thaw it in the fridge overnight and reheat it to serve.

What color bell pepper should you use?

You can use whatever color peppers you like in this recipe. I like to use a mix of red and orange for a sweeter flavor, but green will work just as well for a slightly more bitter flavor if you prefer. You can even use the sweet mini peppers.

This unstuffed peppers recipe is such a fun creative take on traditional stuffed peppers. And it’s packed with superfoods and flavorful combinations of grain, protein and vegetables! This is a whole complete comforting meal in just one bowl.

This article originally appeared on FeelGoodFoodie.net and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

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