This crock pot stuffed bell peppers recipe is loaded with healthy and delicious ingredients, including black beans, ground turkey, garlic and tomatoes.
And whenever you can serve a meal in its own vessel? It's a bonus.
- 6 bell peppers (color of choice)
- 1 large white onion (diced)
- 1 lb. ground turkey
- 7 oz. black beans (drained and rinsed)
- 2 cups diced tomatoes
- 1/2 cup tomato paste
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 3 cups of your favorite rice
- 1/4 cup parsley
- 2 tsp. oregano
- 1 tsp. thyme
- 1 tsp. turmeric
- 2 tbsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. pepper
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 1/2 cups water
1. Cook rice as directed on package and set aside.
2. Cut off the tops of the bell peppers. Set tops aside to use as lids later.
3. Remove all seeds and ribs from peppers.
4. Heat 2 tbsp. olive oil in a medium pan.
5. Add diced onion and garlic (minced). Sautee for approx. 10 minutes.
6. Add ground turkey to the pan, and cook until the turkey is no longer pink.
7. Transfer turkey mixture to a large mixing bowl.
8. Add 3 cups of cooked rice, black beans, diced tomatoes, oregano, thyme, and turmeric
9. Mix gently, and fold in parsley.
10. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
11. In another bowl, mix tomato paste, water, lemon juice, and sugar (mix until sugar dissolves)
12. Place half of the tomato paste mixture in the bottom of the crock pot.
13. Stuff peppers with turkey mixture and place upright in the crock pot.
14. Spoon the remaining tomato paste on top of each open pepper.
15. Place pepper lids onto each pepper.
16. Cook on low for 6 hours.
Go ahead, put some bell peppers into your shopping basket, and start reaping their amazing health benefits!
Unlike some peppers, bell peppers are mild and can perfectly enhance a salad or meal (and they taste fantastic solo -- raw or when roasted).
The appeal of bell peppers goes way beyond their taste and appealing looks. Here is just a short list of the good things they can do for your health:
• The capsaicin found in bell peppers helps control diabetes, reduces bad cholesterol, and eases inflammation.
• Bell peppers contain vitamin B6, which is helps renew cells and is essential for the health of the nervous system.
• Bell peppers contain plenty of vitamin C, which powers up your immune system and keeps skin youthful. The highest amount of Vitamin C in a bell pepper is concentrated in the red variety.
• Red bell peppers contain several phytochemicals and carotenoids, particularly beta-carotene, which provide abundant antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
• If cooked for a short period on low heat, bell peppers retain most of their sweet, almost fruity flavor and flavonoid content, also a powerful nutrient.
• Bell peppers are low in calories; Even if you eat one full cup of them, there would be only 45 calories. And remember, that one cup will give you more than your daily quota of Vitamin A and C.
• The sulfur content in bell peppers makes them play a protective role in certain types of cancers.
• Certain enzymes in bell peppers, such as lutein, protect the eyes from cataracts and macular degeneration later in life.