Skinny Mexican-Style, Stuffed Peppers



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So colorful, easy and really yummy! Use any color of bell peppers you like or mix and match them. Each satisfying, fiber rich serving has 267 calories 4 grams of fat and 5 Weight Watchers SmartPoints. They freeze great too!


Prep Time: 20 minutes

Bake Time 45 minutes


Ingredients

5 large bell peppers, use red, orange, yellow or a combination

1 pound extra lean ground beef or ground turkey

1 cup onions, chopped

1 oz package Lawry’s taco seasonings or McCormick gluten-free taco seasoning

1 cup water

1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained

1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce

½ cup corn, fresh or frozen


Ingredients for Topping: Optional

⅓ cup fat-free sour cream or plain yogurt

⅓ cup salsa

Romaine lettuce, shredded


Instructions

1 Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut off the top of 5 bell peppers about 1-inch down from top. Clean out seeds and membranes. Throw away tops. Set bell peppers aside.

2. In a large, nonstick pan, cook ground beef and onions over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until beef is no longer pink; drain. Stir in taco seasoning mix, water, black beans, tomato sauce and corn. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 5 minutes. Stir occasionally.

3. In an un-greased baking dish, arrange peppers. Spoon Mexican mixture evenly into each, about 1 cup filling for each. Pour 1 cup water in the bottom of baking dish. Cover dish with foil.

4. Bake 45 minutes, until peppers are tender. It might need 5 additional minutes for the peppers to be soft. 

5. Top each serving with lettuce, fat-free sour cream or plain yogurt and salsa, if desired.

Makes 5 servings. Each serving, 1 stuffed bell pepper.


Food Facts
Bell peppers come in a variety of colors. Did you know that green peppers are just unripe red peppers? Because they are not fully mature, they have a bitter after taste. The red, yellow, orange taste naturally sweet. I personally dislike the green so whenever a recipe calls for bell peppers, I opt for red, orange or yellow..


Healthy Benefits

Sweet bell peppers are a good source of vitamin A, C and folate. The green ones have half the vitamin C and 1/10th the vitamin A compared to red, orange and yellow ones.


Weight Watchers SmartPoints
5
Weight Watchers Points plus 7

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 Mexican stuffed pepper (not including toppings)
267 calories, 4g fat, 2g sat. fat, 25g protein, 37g carbs, 8g fiber, 717mg sodium, 3g sugar
FACTS: for SmartPoints
211 calories, 2g sat. fat, 3g sugar, 23g protein