Thursday, August 8, 2013
Simple Suppers - Stuffed Bell Peppers With Bleu Cheese Crumbles
One of the things I have tried to be more conscious of in my cooking is trying to cook with the seasons. You know, eating what's plentiful, and in season at the grocery store or farmer's market, and incorporating that into your meal plans.
Lately, the bell peppers have been so gorgeous that they inspired me to make one of my favorite meals, stuffed peppers.
I like the flexibility of ingredients for stuffed peppers, and you can use turkey, or beef, or make them without meat if you like, too. And you can put veggies in them, from zucchini to tomatoes, to carrots.
For this version of stuffed peppers, I made them with healthy and yummy ground turkey. I put in lots of onions and chopped some mushroom to add to the meat mixture.
This really is an easy meal, and I like knowing that the red peppers are so healthy for you.
The tomato sauce on top of the peppers adds to their great taste, and makes them look good.
I have been a little obsessed with these bleu cheese crumbles lately from Trader Joe's, and have been finding all kinds of ways to use them.
Ground turkey can be a little bland for me sometimes, and so I added the crumbles to top the peppers, and I was pretty much in heaven. They added a delicious kick to the peppers, and I'll make this recipe again, using the bleu cheese crumbles.
Just add some delicious garlic bread and your favorite glass of wine, and you have an easy and delicious summer dinner to enjoy!
Recipe for Stuffed Bell Peppers with Bleu Cheese Crumbles
3 large red bell peppers
1 pound of lean ground turkey
3/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
1 large egg
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped button mushrooms
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
1 small can tomato sauce
3/4 cup bleu cheese crumbles, or top with the amount of your choice
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a large baking dish with vegetable oil.
Wash and cut peppers in half. Cut off stems and remove seeds.
In a large bowl, combine turkey, bread crumbs, egg, onion, mushrooms, salt, and pepper. Pat meat mixture into each half of pepper. Put peppers into greased baking dish.
Spread each pepper with tomato sauce. Generously sprinkle Italian seasoning over peppers.
Bake in the oven for 45-50 minutes. Top with bleu cheese crumbles.