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Jack-O’-Lantern Stuffed Peppers

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Pumpkin peppers are paired with lean beef and brown rice
pumpkin stuffed peppers

Photo courtesy of Laura's Lean Beef.

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This Halloween-themed stuffed pepper recipe uses lean beef, bright colored peppers, and delicious spices. The black beans add a dose of extra protein and the brown rice adds a healthy serving of whole grains.

4
Servings
509
Calories Per Serving
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Ingredients

  • 4 orange bell peppers
  • 1 Pound lean ground beef, such as Laura's Lean Ground Beef
  • 1/2 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon cumin
  • 1 1/2 Cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cans tomato sauce
  • 2/3 Tablespoons shredded sharp cheddar

Directions

Slice the stem end off of each pepper. Remove the seeds and center from the peppers, then cut a jack o lantern face out of the side. If needed, cut a small amount of the pepper off of the bottom so that they stand upright. Season the inside of the peppers with salt, then place in a baking dish and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil followed by the ground beef, salt, and pepper.  Cook until almost browned, then add the onions, garlic, chili powder, and cumin. Cook for 3 minutes more.

Add the black beans and tomato sauce to the ground beef. Cook for 3 minutes, then fold in the rice. Gently stuff the peppers, being sure to add extra so that the filling is coming out of the top. Place the stem side of the pepper on top of the stuffing, then arrange in the baking dish. Add ¼ cup of water to the baking dish and cover with foil.

Bake the peppers until they become tender, but still have a slight crunch, about 15 minutes. Remove the stem side of the pepper, sprinkle each with an even amount of cheese, then replace the top and serve.

Stuffed Peppers Shopping Tip

Look for vegetables that are firm and bright in color – avoid those that are wilted or have wrinkled skins, which are signs of age.

Stuffed Peppers Cooking Tip

Different vegetables have different cooking times – cook each type separately and then combine.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
16g
24%
Sugar
14g
N/A
Saturated Fat
5g
25%
Cholesterol
74mg
25%
Protein
36g
72%
Carbs
59g
20%
Vitamin A
273µg
30%
Vitamin B12
3µg
42%
Vitamin B6
1mg
62%
Vitamin C
172mg
100%
Vitamin D
0.1µg
N/A
Vitamin E
7mg
36%
Vitamin K
21µg
26%
Calcium
125mg
13%
Fiber
16g
65%
Folate (food)
156µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
156µg
39%
Iron
9mg
47%
Magnesium
151mg
38%
Monounsaturated
7g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
11mg
56%
Phosphorus
494mg
71%
Polyunsaturated
2g
N/A
Potassium
1789mg
51%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.6mg
34.8%
Sodium
1550mg
65%
Thiamin (B1)
0.4mg
27.6%
Trans
0.6g
N/A
Zinc
7mg
50%