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Skinny Mexican-Style, Stuffed Peppers

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Perfect to make for Taco Tuesday! 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 2 Blue WW Freestyle SmartPoints and 5 Green. 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 ( used grass fed beef)

1 cup onions, chopped

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

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.


WW Freestyle SmartPoints
2-Blue
WW SmartPoints
5-Green

WW 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 Freestyle SmartPoints
116 calories, 2g sat. fat, 0g sugar, 18g protein