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cast iron skillet of unstuffed peppers using ground turkey, colored bell peppers, cauli rice and melted cheese on top.
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Deconstructed Stuffed Peppers

Unstuffed peppers made with ground turkey and cauliflower rice. It's so much easier to eat than stuffed peppers! This healthy recipe is low carb and made in a skillet. Yay for one pan dinners!
Course Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 246kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Real Sweet ® onion chopped
  • 1.5 lbs ground turkey 93% lean
  • 3 cloves garlic minced or pressed
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp sage
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes drained
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 1 tbs worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 cups riced cauliflower
  • 1 green bell pepper sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper sliced
  • 1 orange bell pepper sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups monterey jack cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Warm Olive oil in a cast iron skillet or large oven proof skillet on medium high heat.
  • Add onions and saute' until just tender.
  • Add ground turkey, and brown, breaking up as it cooks
  • When the meat is browned, drain off the fat and return to the stove. Add in garlic, oregano, basil, rosemary, thyme, sage and salt, stir to combine.
  • Add diced tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and marinara sauce and stir to mix. 
  • Add the riced cauliflower and simmer 5 minutes. Then add the bell peppers and simmer another 10 minutes or so. When the peppers are just tender, top with shredded cheese and bake in the oven until the cheese is melted, about 5-10 minutes.

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Notes

  1. Drain the meat after browning to cut down on fat and liquid.
  2. Drain the tomatoes, the recipe will create enough liquid on its own.
  3. When simmering, leave the cover off and stir occasionally. Covering it will create more liquid
  4. There still will be plenty of liquid, don't let that scare you. It's all juicy and goodness.
  5. Use ground beef instead of ground turkey for a more traditional recipe, you can also use ground chicken.
  6. If you don't have all the individual seasonings, use 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning instead.
  7. use pizza sauce instead of marinara sauce
  8. You can use regular rice, brown rice, or quinoa if you prefer it over cauliflower rice (in this dish we don't notice a cauliflower taste). If you do use rice, don't drain the tomatoes, and cover the skillet so the rice soaks up all the juice. Keep an eye on it as it may need extra liquid (water is fine) and more time.

Nutrition

Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 876mg | Potassium: 632mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1465IU | Vitamin C: 83.2mg | Calcium: 181mg | Iron: 1.9mg