These are absolutely delicious! The filling tastes just like a cheeseburger. I’ve made them healthier by using extra lean ground beef, brown rice and lite cheese. Such a satisfying dinner, you’ll be stuffed! Each serving has 349 calories, 12 grams of fat and 8 Blue WW Freestyle SmartPoints, and 8 Green with cheese.
- 1 cup cooked brown rice
- 1 pound extra-lean ground beef (96%) see shopping tips
- 1 cup onions diced
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce for gluten free use Lea & Perrins
- 2 tbsp ketchup
- 1 tbsp mustard (can use spicy brown mustard)
- 1 tbsp pickle relish
- ⅓ cup tomato sauce can or jar
- 3 tbsp water
- 1 cup lite shredded cheddar cheese mozzarella or blend, (can use Trader's lite Mexican blend)
- 4 large red bell peppers yellow or orange, each about 3½ inches high and 3½ inches wide
Cook rice and set aside. Cut off the top of 4 bell peppers about 1-inch down from top. Clean out seeds and membranes. Throw away the tops.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a large nonstick pan, brown ground beef and onions. Season beef with a little salt and pepper. Be sure to break up ground beef into small pieces as it cooks.
Stir in Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, mustard, pickle relish, tomato sauce, and 3 tablespoons water. Mix well. Stir in ¾ cup shredded cheese and cooked rice. Mix well and continue to cook until heated through. Add 1-2 more tablespoons of water, if getting a little dry. Remove from heat.
Stuff each bell pepper with ground beef mixture, top each stuffed pepper with 1 tablespoon shredded cheese. Place each in a 9-inch baking dish. Pour 1 cup water in bottom of baking dish. Cover dish with foil and bake for 40-45 minutes. If peppers are not soft enough, cook about 5 minutes more.
Once cooked, cooled and wrapped, they freeze great!
Happily, most supermarkets sell extra lean ground beef. I used the 96% lean ground beef from Trader Joe’s. You could use ground turkey if desired.
WW Freestyle SmartPoints 8 with cheese-Blue
WW SmartPoints 8 with cheese-Green
WW SmartPoints 5 without cheese-Green
|SKINNY FACTS: for 1 stuffed pepper
349 calories, 12g fat, 5g sat. fat, 78mg chol, 32g prot, 33g carbs, 4g fiber, 619mg sod, 9g sugar
|FACTS: for SmartPoints
300 calories, 5g sat. fat, 3g sugar, 31g protein
Serving: 1stuffed pepperCalories: 349kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 32gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 619mgFiber: 4gSugar: 9gBlue Smart Points: 8Green Smart Points: 8