Bell peppers are extremely high on the list of nutrient-dense foods, as they supply an abundance of vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting antioxidants that promote overall good health. In addition to their nutritional qualities, bell peppers are unbelievably low in calories (about 18 calories in 1 medium pepper) making them the perfect go-to food for weight watchers.
But it doesn’t stop there!
By stuffing these deliciously sweet peppers with hearty fillers like lean ground turkey, mushrooms and a little goat cheese, you can create a healthy, wholesome meal that’s rich in muscle-building protein, which further supports weight management. Here’s how it’s done.
What You Need
- 4 medium to large bell peppers (ideally a mixture of red, orange and/or yellow)
- 1 pound of 99 percent fat-free ground breast of turkey
- 1 cup of onion, chopped
- 1 cup of baby Portobello mushrooms, chopped
- 2 ounces of goat cheese
- 1 teaspoon of sea salt
- 1/2 tablespoon of freshly ground pepper
- 2 teaspoons of minced garlic (about 4 cloves)
- 1/4 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese
How To Prepare
Preheat your oven to 350°F (177°C). Cut a thin slice from the stem end of each bell pepper to remove the top. Remove their seeds and membranes and then rinse them. If necessary, cut a thin slice from the bottom of each pepper to allow them to stand up straight. In a 4-quart stockpot or Dutch oven, add enough water to fully cover the bell peppers and then bring the water to a boil. Add the peppers to the boiling water, cook them for about 2 minutes, and then drain them.
In a large wok or skillet (about 10 inches), cook the ground turkey and onion over medium heat for about 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the turkey is brown and the chopped onions are transparent.
Drain the turkey and onion mixture, stir in the salt, pepper, garlic, and mushrooms and then stir in the goat cheese once the mushrooms have softened. Carefully stir and mix all ingredients well.
Stuff the peppers with the well-blended mixture and then stand them upright in an ungreased square glass baking dish (about 8-inches). Tightly cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake the peppers for 10-12 minutes. Next, uncover the peppers and bake them for an additional 12-15 minutes until they are nice and tender. Sprinkle the stuffed peppers with Parmesan cheese and serve them hot.
These turkey and mushroom stuffed peppers with goat cheese make an incredibly healthy, low-calorie meal that’s perfect if you’re trying to manage your weight or are just watching your carbohydrate intake. This deliciously filling recipe makes four servings at only 375 calories each. Perfect for a healthy lunch at work. Enjoy!
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