Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Spicy Stuffed Bell Peppers (Gluten-free, Paleo, Whole 30-friendly)

I think I am going a little nuts being on Winter break...still. I am trying to sleep, slow down, and cherish this freedom, but as someone who is so accustomed to a busy schedule, I am going a little stir crazy. 

However, in my last two weeks of break, I have decided I want to dedicate a little more time to cooking up some new recipes in the kitchen, as once school starts, I have a feeling biochemistry will be taking over my life. So, last night, after a lovely yoga class (I am so predictable), I whipped up a delicious, easy dinner of stuffed bell peppers.  

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I have been doing Whole 30 this month. That probably deserves a blog post on its own, but I created this recipe because I was getting bored with everything else I was eating for dinner. This recipe is easy, makes leftovers, and can use ground turkey, bison, or beef. I picked up most all the ingredients at Trader Joes too!

Spicy Stuffed Bell Peppers 
Gluten-free, Paleo, Whole-30 friendly
Serves 3 

2 to 4 bell peppers, sliced in half and de-seeded (if you use 2, you'll have turkey mixture left over which is delicious! If you use 4, you'll likely use all the turkey mixture)
1 tablespoon Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
1 pound ground turkey (I like my turkey to not be the 99% fat free version...more fat equals more flavor)
1/2 pack Trader Joe's Taco Seasoning Mix
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 medium green zucchini, chopped
4 ounce can of green chills (I used hot!)
6 ounces of tomato paste (can omit)

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a baking dish, place each bell pepper half face down. Put in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes so they become more soft. 

2. In a saute pan, heat the olive oil and garlic over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes to get that fragrant garlic smell. Add in the chopped onion, zucchini, and sauté for 5 more minutes. Then, add in the ground turkey, chills, tomato paste, and half of the Trader Joes seasoning mix. Cook until the turkey is done. 
*I think half is plenty, but you can add in more at the end if you prefer heavily-spiced flavor.

3. Remove the bell peppers from the oven and turn over. Spoon the turkey mixture into each pepper, packing it down. Place the stuffed peppers back into the oven for 10 more minutes at 400 degrees. 

4. Remove and eat immediately. You can top with your favorite salsa or some avocado slices. These are packed full of flavor!

I hope you try this easy recipe and love it as much as my boyfriend and I did!

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