2 tablespoons olive oil
3 bell peppers
1 onion diced
½ pound ground turkey or ground chicken*
1 (14.5oz) can black beans
1 cup of spinach
2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon salt and pepper
1 (14.5oz) can diced tomatoes
1 cup cooked brown rice
1 cup mozzarella cheese grated – ½ cup to go in the stuffing, and ½ cup to top the peppers at the end
¼ cup parmesan cheese grated
1 tablespoon fresh basil or parsley chopped
Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C).
Slice the bell peppers in half and clean out the inside removing the seeds. Brush a little olive oil on them and place them in the oven and roast them until they are just undercooked.
While the peppers are roasting sauté the diced onion until translucent. Then add the ground meat, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
Brown the meat* and then add spinach, black beans, and tomatoes. Cook for 2 minutes.
Add in cooked rice, grated mozzarella, and parmesan and mix on medium heat until the cheese is melted.
Take the bell peppers out of the oven. They should be roasted but just undercooked.
Spoon the stuffing into each bell pepper half, then top with more mozzarella cheese.
Put back in the oven for 10 minutes. This will allow the flavors to settle, the bell peppers will be fully cooked, and the cheese will melt.
* You can also make them vegetarian by omitting the meat. The black beans will still provide protein in the recipe!
Health Benefits of Bell Peppers: High in vitamin C, B6, potassium, and folate. May help with eye health and anemia prevention.