recipe for stuffed green peppers

By christelly Latest Reply 2014-12-19 19:30:05 -0600
Started 2011-11-13 10:45:29 -0600

I cook stuffed green peppers the European way, but am not sure if there isnot a healthier way of making them. Simply put, I start the rice first. Saute onions, smidge of garlic with ground chuck (freshly ground,mind you). Add in finely chopped carrot and any other spices. After mixture is throughyl browned, drain off any excess fat. Mix in tomato paste. Simmer to get flavors to blend. Final step is to blend in rice. Put mixture into green pepper shells. Any excess put in casserole. Put stuffed peppers into shallow pan with an inch or so of water. Put that and casserole into oven at 325 degrees for aproximately half hour. Remove and eat. Now I was taught to blanch the pepper shells firwt, but I dont asx then they are not crisp. Any other ideas?

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Fefe12 2014-12-19 19:30:05 -0600 Report

I dont do rice anymore, or pasta either. To much other stuff i would rather eat. I got that new zucchini shredder and fell in love. If for any reason you want to make the switch i would do that instead of the rice, but your recipe sounds good.

Jeanae 2011-11-15 08:06:18 -0600 Report

If you are near a Costco they sell it in a large bag pretty cheap. Your recipe sounds fabulous. I am going to make it tonight for dinner. The only changes are I will use ground turkey and after it is browned, I rinse it completely in a colander and then put it back in the pan. Plus I will use Quinoa. Thanks!!! I wil let you know how it turns out.

saber32 2011-11-16 04:34:53 -0600 Report

I do not use rice in any of my recipes even they call for it

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Set apart 2011-11-16 06:29:15 -0600 Report

I also use quinoa it's yummy and if you add spices to it it's great. I do a chicken with quinoa adding low sodium chicken broth and veggies, it's like chicken and rice soup without the high number of carbs the rice would give you. Try it!

christelly 2011-11-15 18:10:43 -0600 Report

Thanks — there are 2 fairly close by, Wish I'd known before I made this, but for next time…this is a good cool weather comfort dish.

Caroltoo 2011-11-15 01:59:01 -0600 Report

Sounds good, Christelly.

lacat87 2011-11-15 09:42:15 -0600 Report

Can one find Quinoa in the regular grocery store?

Caroltoo 2011-11-15 11:22:10 -0600 Report

Laura: I haven't seen it in a regular grocery though I've heard some folks say that they have. I get mine through a health food store that is local and has the grain, flour, spaghetti, and macaroni all from quinoa. You can also google it or go to the Ancient Grains site online. Carol

jayabee52 2011-11-13 19:07:23 -0600 Report

Howdy Christelly
Have you added this to the recipe section yet? Look for the link on the left column of links in this page next to the discussion. That way others can find your recipe!

May I recommend using Quinoa ("Keen-wah") instead of rice? It is cooked like rice but it doesn't have the high carbohydrate yield of rice.

Blessings to you and yours


christelly 2011-11-15 07:49:44 -0600 Report

Interesting and definitely want something lower in carbs, but where do you get Quinoa? Jewel and Dominick's do not carry this item. I try to avoid Whole Foods as they tend to be pricey. Thanks for responding.

Caroltoo 2011-11-15 19:57:20 -0600 Report

christelly: quinoa is something you can buy in bulk from Whole Foods. In bulk it was about 1/4 of the price when boxed.

Kirla 2011-11-13 12:22:50 -0600 Report

Your recipe looks good to me. I don’t know how much rice you use. Rice is one of those foods that spike some people. Some people claim to be able to switch to brown rice. You may want to try and use brown rice and if your using a lot of rice you may want to cut back on the amount you use. I have found I can eat almost anything without it spiking my blood sugar as long as I eat just a little bit of it. I gave up most high carb starchy foods because it’s hard to eat just a teaspoonful of most foods. Sometimes when me and the wife eat out she will order something that comes with French fries. I found I can eat one or 2 without it spiking my blood sugar but its really hard to eat just 2. I always end up eating more and will notice a spike in blood sugar after eating them.

christelly 2011-11-13 21:58:40 -0600 Report

Thanks - I don't make it now with as much rice as I used to. The rice increases the total result so much that I wind up eating it for a week even after I freeze quit a bit. I ttastes evenbetter the nedt day and not blanching the green peppers first gives it a necessary crispness.

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