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Mexican Stuffed Bell Peppers


by Marla Murphy July 06, 2015

I LOVE stuffed bell peppers because they are super easy to make, taste amazing and are just about the cutest thing ever (besides macaroons)! Recently, I have been offering my meal prepping services (if you are interested please send me an email on my contact me page) to my sister, her husband and their growing family! I go to their house once a week armed and loaded with some amazing blonde pantry recipes and I grocery shop/ meal prep for them based off a menu that my sister and I pick out. Each week is different but carries the same format, she tells me what they need, I add it to my grocery list and we plan how many meals are needed for the week ahead based on their schedule. I cannot sing the praises of this service enough! My sister just gave birth to her second child 2 months ago and she also has a two year old running around- so cooking, meal prepping and home duties in general are not her main focus at this point and guess what?! That’s perfectly okay! I feel extremely lucky that I get to do this for her family- as a dietitian there is no greater compliment than when a family member or close friend asks for your help because they see you day in and day out so I must be doing something right! The even better news is my brother-in-law is loving the recipes and isn’t that everyones worst fear?! You spend all this time in the kitchen to cook a healthy meal and your husband/family member doesn’t like it?! (amen). But my B.I.L. is enjoying it so much that he gives me great feedback and even recipe ideas- this recipe today was actually his mastermind! He said, ‘Why don’t you put that Mexican casserole stuff into one of those bell peppers?' #GENIUS So I can’t take credit for this amazing recipe today, we have my awesome B.I.L. to thank for that and I know you will be glad he did!! 

Mexican Stuffed Bell Peppers
Serves 4
Prep Time: 10 min 
Cook Time: 25 min 
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound lean ground beef (93% lean)
  2. 2 red bell peppers
  3. 2 green bell peppers
  4. 1 yellow bell pepper
  5. 1 orange bell pepper
  6. 1 small/medium onion
  7. 1 bag of frozen organic corn (10oz)
  8. 1-2 tablespoons of chili powder
  9. 1 teaspoon of cumin (or more depending on taste)
  10. 1/2 can of gluten free enchilada sauce (found at wholes but you can use whatever you have)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degree. Pre-cut the bell peppers for stuffing and place into a baking dish with foil for easy cleanup. Then chop up vegetables and sauté the ground beef. Once the ground beef is finished, drain and add in 1/2 can of the enchilada sauce and sauté to cook down the sauce. In another pan, start with sautéing the onion and chopped bell peppers (only the yellow and orange one). Once the vegetables are softening add in the frozen corn and seasonings, cook until soft. Then add the beef and vegetables together and mix well. Scoop meat mixture into the bell peppers and bake in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Serve hot and enjoy!
calories: 301
fat: 15g
protein: 23g
carbs: 21g

 

IMG_3057 First step: preheat oven and chop up veggies! The easy way to cut a bell pepper is to wash and then cut off the top part in a circle. This will keep the seeds from getting everywhere and creating a mess, you can make a little cut on each of the little legs of the bell peppers and then twist out the inside seed part. Sometimes I have to run the peppers under water to get out all the little extra seeds. Arrange the bell peppers on a baking dish covered with foil (for easy clean up)! IMG_3065 First I start by sautéing the ground beef and when it is almost finished a drain it a little in the sink and add 1/2 can of the enchilada sauce. Put the beef back on the stove and let the sauce cook down a little bit. IMG_3073 When the meat is about 5 minutes away from being done I start sautéing the veggies. I start with the onions and bell peppers with a heavy hand of chili powder and once they start to soften I add in the frozen corn, more chili powder and a little cumin. Let the veggies cook until will sautéed! 

Then I add in the ground beef. You don't have to do this step on the stove, you could just as easily mix everything in a bowl but that would require cleaning another bowl so I just mix everything into one pan. IMG_3084 Then you take your pan with the pre-cut bell peppers and just spoon in the meat. Place in the oven and bake! IMG_3168 I could just dive in!! I topped mine with avocado slices but you could also do salsa or a little bit of sour cream and cheese. IMG_3180These were a huge hit!! IMG_4857

 If you are interested more in meal prepping services please feel free to contact me and I hope you love these stuffed bell peppers as much as I do!! 

What is your favorite stuffed bell pepper flavors? Italian or Mexican? What other flavors should I try? 

Love, 

Marla




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