Beef & Cauliflower Stuffed Bell Peppers

stuft peppersFood prep has become an integral part of my routing at home. I rely on having healthy snacks to take to work or prepary on the fly for myself and my husband. Taking the guess work out of cooking for a few days sets me up for success, and a happy tummy!

These bell peppers are one of my husband’s favorites. I have prepared them several different ways, but want to share this week’s creation with you. The combination of grass fed beef, tomato sauce, garlic and herbs is so comforting, and reminds me of something mom used to make. I hope you enjoy!

-Crystal

BEEF & CAULIFLOWER STUFFED BELL PEPPERS

  • 6 bell peppers
  • 1 lb lean grass fed ground beef
  • 1 small head cauliflower
  • 6 cloves garlic, or 1 clove elephant garlic
  • 1 tbsp Italian herb paste
  • 1 cup brown rice (dry measured)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (optional)
  • 1/2 jar low sugar marinara sauce
  • 1 tbsp vegetable bouillon

bells3Start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees F. Add 1 cup brown rice, 1 1/2 cups water, and 1 tbsp vegetable bouillon. Bring to a boil, cover, and let simmer approx. 30 mins, or until all moisture has been absorbed. I am a big fan of this brand, “Better Than Bouillon.” It comes in many flavors, and is great for adding flavor to soups, rice, veggies and more.

bells12Clean bell peppers, cut the tops off, and remove all seeds.

bells1Next, brown ground beef in a non-stick skillet over medium heat, and set aside.

bells2bells5Now clean cauliflower well, and cut florets into 2 inch pieces. Add to your food processor and pulse until it becomes similar to rice in size.

bells4Add cauliflower “rice” to non stick skillet with chopped garlic. Saute’ for approx 4 minutes on medium/high heat, or until edged begin to brown.

bells6Add browned beef, herb paste or fresh chopped herbs, cooked rice, and 1/2 jar low sugar tomato sauce to skillet and combine well.

bells9Look for a sauce that is low in fat and sugar, like this one:

bells8Combine mozzarella cheese, and mix well. (Cheese is optional, but adds calcium and a nice melty goodness!)

bells10Spoon mixture evenly into prepared bell peppers.

bells11Bake peppers in the oven at 375 for 40 minutes. Serve warm and enjoy! These are great re-heated in the microwave for 1 1/2 minutes. Enjoy all week for a well rounded, delicious, home cooked meal!

stuffed bells1Nutrition Information for 1 Stuffed Pepper:

calories
273
Total Fat
10.3g
Sat. Fat
4.5g
Cholest.
46.9mg
Sodium
455.3mg
Carb.
27.4g
Fiber
6.4g
Sugars
6.8g
Protein
19.4g

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