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Monday, May 14, 2012

Clean Eat Recipe :: Turkey Stuffed Bell Peppers

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I LOVE ground turkey! (Sorry Whitney, but ground chicken doesn't have anything on extra lean ground turkey!) When I saw this recipe in Oxygen Magazine's May 2012 issue, I knew that I had to try it! This would make a great snack post workout or pop two of these as a meal a little later on in the day. Don't say I didn't warn you, but you may just want to spice them up a little more than the recipe calls for - my super spicy taste buds were yearning for a little more spice!


Turkey Stuffed Bell Peppers
Reader Recipe of the Month, Cara Cole-Mahon, Oxygen Magazine, May 2012


Ingredients:
4 bell peppers
1 lb lean ground turkey (preferably ground turkey breast or 97/3%)
1 cup cooked quinoa
3 egg whites
1/2 c chopped scallion
2 tbsp chopped garlic
1 tsp sea salt
2 tbsp clean jarred tomato sauce

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut bell peppers in half, discarding the seeds.
2. In a large bowl, combine turkey, cooked quinoa, egg whites, scallion and seasonings plus 1 tbsp of tomato sauce. Mix well.
He & She Tip: Add some additional spices - possibly some cayenne pepper to add some spice and flavor. You can also try a clean Arrabiata sauce for more of a kick instead of regular tomato sauce!
3. Stuff each pepper half with the mixture. Top with remaining tomato sauce. Bake for 45 minutes and serve.

1 serving is 2 pepper halves.

Mets:
Calories: 260
Carbs: 22g
Protein: 32g
Fats: 3g

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Tiffany

29 comments:

  1. Yummy yummy, had these tonight! Thanks

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  2. What's considered "clean tomato sauce"? Do you make your own or is there a brand that is considered clean eating?

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    1. I tend not to make my own because I'm really not that good at it! (Trust me, I've tried) However, you can find some "clean" sauces out there. I would recommend Dave's Gourmet - many of the varieties replace sugar with agave and for the small amount you will be using the agave will do just fine!

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    1. Hello LoopyLass! The egg whites are needed to assist with holding the meat together - plus it's a little added protein!

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  4. I'm cooking this now. Does the turkey need to be raw or cooked?

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    1. Hello! Sorry I didn't respond earlier. The turkey is raw and then baked in the oven. Cook the quinoa though!

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  5. Hi! I was hoping to cook this recipe this weekend. I have the same question as above. Does the turkey need to be cooked before it is stuffed in the peppers for the oven? Thank you!

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    1. Hello! The turkey is raw and then baked in the oven. Make sure to cook the quinoa. I hope you enjoy them!

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  6. Hi! I'm allergic to tomatoes so I can't have the tomato sauce, do you have any suggestions for a substitute? I really love everything in this recipe and want to try it!

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    1. If you want something to substitute, you could add some spicy mustard instead. OR you can simply omit and then add an extra egg white.

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    1. Italian seasoning is just a combination of oregano, basil, pepper and other seasonings.

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  8. Seems like this recipe might also be easily converted into a meatloaf recipe!

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    1. It definitely could Lisa! Thanks for suggesting this.

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  9. This recipe is delicious & even my picky toddler loves these! Thanks so much for not just helping me eat healthy but my daughter too. She does get extra Marinara sauce & Mozzarella cheese on hers though, I'm always a little jealous!

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    1. Sarah! That's awesome that she enjoys them - so glad to hear it. You could definitely add more marinara to yours without altering the mets that drastically!

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  10. trying this tonight, can't wait!

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  11. Apparently I don't read very well. All I saw was cooked turkey and cooked quinoa. I guess I will not be baking them very long. I also came up with 381 calories and 10 grams of fat. I used the 93/7 turkey :( oh well I guess a little fat will be good for me.

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  12. These are amazing! I work retail and am always on the go...today I was able to grab a fork and get some clean yummy lunch...I could eat this numerous times a week! Thank you!

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  13. Can you determine how much fiber is in this for me please? Also, I am on a tight budget so when I see that clean tomato sauce is something that had agave in it I see $$ signs. Is it possible to make a clean tomato sauce from scratch? Def will be adding crushed red pepper and cayenne powder ;) ;) love it w/ a little kick!!

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  14. Does using red peppers change the Mets?

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  15. Very good! Stuffed bell peppers have always been my favorite food and I enjoy these stuffed with turkey and quinoa. I've always used BBQ sauce to give it more of a kick and have switched to a clean sauce. Dinosaur BBQ sauce is an awesome clean sauce to add some extra flavor.

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  16. These look delicious! Any substitution suggestions for the quinoa though? I'm gluten intolerant AND get very sick from quinoa :(. Thanks!

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    1. I wonder if you could just use brown rice?

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  17. My husband and I are making these for the second time, this time for the in-laws. Absolutely love them. Thank you so much!

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  18. I love this recipe and would love to know the fiber for macro counting

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    1. Hi Lacey,

      Unfortunately, we don't have the fiber count available. We actually stopped posting macros for our recipes because of the discrepancies among macro-counting websites. I would suggest using a website that you use regularly and trust for counting the macros.

      Thanks!
      Tiffany

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