Pope Fitness: Healthy Stuffed Green Peppers

One of my absolute favorite meals ever is stuffed green peppers. In fact, any time I go home to visit my mom and she asks what I want, she already knows the answer – stuffed green peppers.

Here’s the best part about them… this is typically not that unhealthy to begin with! However, there is always room for improvement, so this is my cleaned up, leaner version of stuffed peppers!!

Healthy Stuffed Green Peppers

4 large green peppers

2 pounds lean ground turkey

2 tsp onion powder

2 tsp garlic powder

2 cups cooked quinoa

For sauce:

1 – 29 oz can tomato sauce

1 – 6 oz can tomato paste

1 tsp parsley

1/2 tsp basil

1/2 tsp oregano

1/4 tsp pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a sauce pan, combine ingredients for sauce and simmer until it starts to boil. Put a lid on it and set it to the side to thicken. Cook ground turkey adding onion powder and garlic powder while cooking until browned. Mix the cooked ground turkey, quinoa and 2 cups of the tomato sauce to the pan over low heat and stir well. Bring to boil and turn off heat. Slice the tops of the green peppers off and cut out core, seeds and veins. Be sure to KEEP the tops! Place the gutted peppers in an 8×8 glass baking dish, fill with turkey mixture and place the tops on the peppers. Use toothpicks to keep the tops in place if desired. Pour remaining sauce over the top of the peppers and bake uncovered at 375 for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool slightly before eating. If you like extra sauce, double the tomato sauce recipe!

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