January 23, 2012

Recipe Box: Fantastic Stuffed Peppers

This months issue of Real Simple is filled with delicious looking recipes. One of them was for a stuffed pepper that I just had to try. And if you are looking for a Tex-Mex like meal, give this one a try.

Fantastic Stuffed Peppers
Makes 4-6

1 cup rice
olive oil
3 green onions, white and greens, sliced
1/2 lb ground turkey
1/2 cup frozen corn
1/2 can chopped green chilies
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp parsley
pinch of red pepper flake
1 cup cheese of your choice
2 or 3 bell peppers, cut in half lengthwise, seeds and ribs removed
plain greek yogurt

1. Heat oven to 375. Place peppers in baking pan, cut side up.
2. Prepare rice according to directions and set aside.
3. In frying pan, cook turkey and scallions in a bit of oil (just enough to prevent meat from sticking.) Stir and break up meat.
4. Once meat is browned, stir in corn, chilies, seasonings, rice, and 1/2 of cheese. Stir until cheese is melty and everything is mixed together.
5. Divide mixture between the peppers. Optional - add half cup water to pan.
6. Cover with foil and bake for 30-40 minutes or until peppers are tender. Uncovered and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup of cheese. Bake until cheese is melted.
7. Remove from oven. Top with a spoonful of yogurt and salsa.
8. Enjoy!

These can be made as spicy as you want, just add more or less red pepper flakes and chili powder. I used pepperjack cheese for a little extra kick. I didn't noticed until after I made mine that you were supposed to add water before they baked, but mine turned out fine without it.

This could easily be made vegetarian by using black beans instead of meat. If you have extra filling, slap that in a tortilla, sprinkle with cheese and a bit of salsa. Yum.

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