3 large bell peppers plus1/2 small bell pepper (any color)
8 ounces mushrooms
1 small onion
1 clove garlic
3 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese
12 ounces 93% lean ground turkey
1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes, no salt added
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce, no salt added
1/2 cup instant brown rice
1 teaspoon dried parsley leaves or thyme
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 cup water
Nonstick cooking spray
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1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. Rinse peppers and mushrooms. Cut large peppers in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Finely chop bell pepper half. Finely chop mushrooms.
3. Peel onion and garlic. Finely chop onion and mince garlic.
4. Grate cheese. Set aside.
5. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook turkey, finely chopped bell pepper, mushrooms, onion and garlic, crumbling turkey with a wooden spoon or spatula, until the turkey is browned, 10 to 15 minutes.
6. In a colander, drain off liquid and return to the pan. Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce, rice, parsley or thyme, oregano, salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until rice is tender, about 15 minutes.
7. Put 1/4 cup water in a 9x13-inch baking dish. Place the pepper halves, cut side up, in the baking dish. Divide turkey mixture among the pepper halves. Sprinkle each pepper half with 2 tablespoons cheese.
8. Spray a sheet of foil with nonstick cooking spray and cover baking dish with the foil, sprayed side down. Bake until peppers are tender-crisp, about 30 minutes.
Change up the veggies in this dish depending on whats on hand and whats in season -finely chopped broccoli or cauliflower, shredded carrot, shredded or finely chopped zucchini or dark leafy greens would all be good substitutes. Try using other quick-cooking whole grains instead of instant brown rice, like quick cooking barley, whole-wheat couscous and quinoa. Adjust cooking time accordingly in Step 5. Make your own Tomato Sauce.
More About Bell Peppers
How to Select
Choose peppers that are brightly colored and firm with tight skin. Avoid dull or shriveled peppers.
How to Store
Refrigerate bell peppers and use within 5 days. Freeze: Remove seeds, cut, and freeze in plastic bags.
How to Prepare
Rinse in cold water. Cut in half. Remove tops and seeds. Peppers can be eaten raw, grilled, baked or sauted. Top them on pizzas, throw them on salads or stuff them and bake them for a delicious meal!