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    These easy to make stuffed peppers are loaded with flavor and make for a great main meal that the whole family will love. Made with beef, sausage, rice and veggies, the filling is seasoned with herbs for a well balanced meal. Gluten-free and high in protein.

    Easy Stuffed Peppers

    Today, I am sharing with you a recipe that is perfect for the end of summer and beginning of fall – easy stuffed peppers. It’s a true comfort food but it’s very light and made with summer vegetables. The combination of ground beef and pork sausage turned out really good!

    The best part about this meal is that it’ s packed with veggies and nutrients. A superfood dinner or lunch! 🙂 You eat more good food and less processed food without even trying. They are great served with my cobb salad and sweet potato fries!

    I hope you love it too! What is your favorite go-to comfort food?

    How to Make Stuffed Peppers

    • Preheat oven to 350º F.
    • Cut tops off peppers and remove seeds and chop your veggies.
    Easy Stuffed Peppers

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    • In a large skillet over medium high heat, cook ground beef and pork, breaking it up in small pieces, until the meat is browned. Transfer to a big mixing bowl.
    • Add olive oil to the same skillet, and add onions & finely chopped carrots and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Saute vegetables until tender.
    • Add finely chopped zucchini, tomatoes, and tomato sauce and stir well.
    • Finally, add minced/pressed garlic and cooked rice, and stir everything together. Add dry seasonings (oregano, basil, cumin, chili flakes (optional) and salt and freshly ground black pepper).
    Easy Stuffed Peppers
    • Steam the peppers in a pan with a little water for 3-4 mins – just until slightly softened. Then, place in a baking dish.
    Easy Stuffed Peppers
    • Spoon stuffing mixture into peppers and bake for 30 minutes at 350 F uncovered.
    • Remove stuffed peppers from the dish, serve warm, and enjoy!

    Variations

    • Add different veggies like mushrooms, corn or beans.
    • You can substitute the rice with quinoa.
    Easy Stuffed Peppers

    Can you make them ahead of time?

    You can make the filling for the stuffed peppers ahead of time and keep it covered in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. You can also stuff the peppers and keep them refrigerated up to a day ahead of baking them.

    I like to serve the peppers as soon as they are cooked, but you can keep leftovers for 3 to 4 days in the fridge and reheat them in the oven. Perfect for meal prep!

    Can you freeze them?

    Stuffed peppers are ideal freezer meals! They freeze really well, either cooked or uncooked. Wrap each pepper individually in foil to freeze it, and then once solid you can transfer them to a freezer bag. If you are freezing cooked peppers, let them cool to room temperature before wrapping them.

    Thaw the peppers in the fridge overnight before cooking or you can cook them from frozen, you will just need to increase the cooking time until they are cooked through.

    Delicious, Hearty and Healthy

    These oven baked stuffed peppers aren’t just easy to make, but they are also delicious and make a great well balanced meal. They are high in protein and contain a load of veggies, and the herbs and spices make for a really flavorful meal.

    Easy Stuffed Peppers

    Recipe Notes and Tips

    • I like to use red bell peppers as they are the sweetest, but you can also use orange, yellow or green if you prefer.
    • If you are reheating the peppers, cover them with foil so that the edges don’t burn.
    • Steam the peppers in a pan with water for a few minutes before stuffing them to soften them slightly. You can also heat them in the microwave for a couple of minutes.

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    Stuffed Peppers

    Easy Stuffed Peppers – Delicious, healthy & easy. These stuffed bell peppers will provide the nutrition that you need for a healthy, balanced meal.
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 40 minutes
    Total Time 50 minutes
    Servings 6

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    INGREDIENTS

    INSTRUCTIONS

    • Preheat oven to 350º F. Cut tops off peppers and remove seeds. Keep tops if you want to use them as lids when serving.
    • In a large skillet over medium high heat, cook ground beef and pork, breaking it up into small pieces, until the meat is browned. Transfer to a big mixing bowl.
    • Add olive oil to the same skillet, and add onions & finely chopped carrots and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Saute vegetables until tender (about 3 minutes). Add finely chopped zucchini, tomatoes, and tomato sauce and stir well. Finally, add minced/pressed garlic and cooked rice, and stir everything together. Add dry seasonings (oregano, basil, cumin, chili flakes (optional) and salt and freshly ground black pepper).
    • Steam the peppers in a pan with a little water for 3-4 mins – just until slightly softened. Then, place in a baking dish.
    • Spoon stuffing mixture into peppers and bake for 30 minutes at 350 F uncovered.
    • Remove stuffed peppers from the dish, serve warm, and enjoy!

    TIPS & NOTES

    • I like to use red bell peppers as they are the sweetest, but you can also use orange, yellow or green if you prefer.
    • If you are reheating the peppers, cover them with foil so that the edges don’t burn.
    • Steam the peppers in a pan with water for a few minutes before stuffing them to soften them slightly. You can also heat them in the microwave for a couple of minutes.

    NUTRITION

    Serving: 428g | Calories: 464kcal | Carbohydrates: 42.2g | Protein: 35.7g | Fat: 16.4g | Saturated Fat: 5.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 99mg | Sodium: 899mg | Fiber: 5.8g | Sugar: 11g
    Course Main Course
    Cuisine Mediterranean
    Keyword Gluten Free, Healthy, Kid Friendly, Low Fat, Meal Planning, Stuffed Peppers, Summer
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    Aug 31, 2015 | Updated: May 08, 2024

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    Comments

    Robin

    I’ve made this recipe once already this summer with my garden veges and topped it the last couple minutes with provolone cheese they were a great hit even by someone who doesn’t like peppers and was planning to just eat the inside. So I’m getting ready to make them again this weekend

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Robin, I am so glad to hear they were a great hit! The same thing happened at home – my husband didn’t want to eat the peppers initially but at the end, he cleaned his plate 🙂

    Genevieve

    Tomato Paste or Sauce?

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Hi Gennevieve! It’s tomato sauce. 🙂

    Joy @ Joy Love Food

    I love stuffed peppers, these are so pretty and sound delicious!

    Erin

    I love making stuffed peppers! These look gorgeous. I never add carrots… I might have to try that.

    Levan @ Crazy Vegan Kitchen

    5 stars
    Love stuffed peppers! Photos look amazing, and as the name suggests, the recipe looks easy and absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing this stunning recipe! FIVE STARS OF GREATNESS!

    Brittany

    I agree, summer went by WAY too fast! These stuffed peppers look amazing! Thanks for sharing!

    Marye

    These look fantastic! I haven’t made stuffed peppers in a long time. I need to fix that!

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