Skinny Cheeseburger Stuffed Peppers

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Prep Time: 20 minutes

Bake Time: 40-45 minutes


Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 pound extra lean ground beef (96%), see shopping tip
  • 1 cup onions, diced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon mustard (I used a spicy brown mustard)
  • 1 tablespoon pickle relish
  • ⅓ cup tomato sauce, can or jarred
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup lite cheddar cheese, mozzarella or blend, shredded (I used Trader’s lite Mexican blend)
  • 4 large red bell peppers, yellow or orange (each about 3½ inches high and 3½ inches wide)


Instructions

  1. 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. 
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Once cooked, cooled and wrapped, they freeze great!

Makes 4 servings. Each serving, 1 stuffed pepper

Each serving has 349 calories, 12 grams of fat

SmartPoints 8
POINTS PLUS 9