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Turkey & Brown Rice Stuffed Bell Peppers


For some reason I always forget about this dish.

My mom use to make it a lot growing up and I remember liking it.

I basically love any dish that contains all three major food groups in one serving….

Oh, and taste. It has to taste good.

This dish has it all… lean protein, complex carbs, a little fat, and TASTE.

I had all the ingredients at home and decided to give it whirl.

I figured my husband would like it because it had his favorite ingredient… MEAT.


For some reason I don’t enjoy eating rice alone as a side dish, but when it’s mixed in a meal like this, I like it.

I used brown rice for this meal.

I precooked the 10 minute brown rice because it was quick and easy.


This turned out to be the perfect size meal for me my husband and I.

I had one pepper and he had two.

The best part of this meal took 45 minutes from start to finish!



  • 3-4 large bell peppers, stems and seeds removed
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • about 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed tomatoes (canned)
  • 2 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Texas Pete to taste
  • Shredded cheddar cheese for topping.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Drizzle about 1 tablespoon of olive in pan. Saute onions and garlic until onions are translucent.

Add ground turkey and cook through.

Once turkey in cooked, add cooked rice, tomatoes, Italian seasoning, ketchup, Worcestershire, salt, pepper, and Texas Pete. Cook for additional 10 minutes.

Drizzle each pepper with a little olive oil. Fill each pepper with meat filling.

Bake in oven for 25 minutes. Remove from oven, top with a little cheese on top. Bake for additional 10 minutes.


Have a great weekend!!

20 Responses

  1. Nicole @ Making Good Choices said on February 26, 2010 at 8:20 am

    I LOVE stuffed peppers. I make them different every time, sometimes with rice, sometimes with bread, meat or no meat. I feel like I go in spurts, I’ll make them often and then, like you, forget about them. yum!

  2. Marisa (Loser for Life) said on February 26, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Those look beautiful and delicious!

  3. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman said on February 26, 2010 at 8:56 am

    I’ve never made stuffed peppers and I can’t really think of why. My husband also believes that a meal isn’t a meal with meat, so I think I can actually get him to eat this, even though it’s all wrapped up in a veggie. 🙂

  4. Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly said on February 26, 2010 at 9:48 am

    I love stuffed bell peppers…it is ont of my favorite all time meals! Yours look amazing!!! 🙂

  5. carolyn said on February 26, 2010 at 10:28 am

    we love stuffed peppers because they are so versatile and you can use any combo of meat/grains on hand. i just made some with ground lamb and whole wheat orzo.

  6. Nicole, RD said on February 26, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Yum! Those look fantastic!

    I made your vegan lemon wheat muffins this morning…YUMM! I am posting about them tomorrow! Awesome recipe! As usual 🙂

    Have a super weekend!

  7. Danielle (Coffee Run) said on February 26, 2010 at 11:39 am

    These look amazing! Do you think you could freeze them individually?

  8. Stef said on February 26, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    i love stuffed peppers so much!

  9. Gelareh @ Nutritious Foodie said on February 26, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Looks good and I love teh green and red colors. I love stuffed anything 🙂

  10. Jessica @ How Sweet said on February 26, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Love stuffed peppers! I had an 85 year old hungarian client that taught me how to make them. Soooo good!

  11. Heather (Heather's Dish) said on February 26, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    ooooooh, i remember my mom making these and HATING them! i still hate green bell peppers…but then I tried stuffing red/yellow/orange ones and loved them!

  12. luvtoeat said on February 26, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Cool way to incorporate rice into your meal. I’ll have to try this sometime. Thanx for the recipe.

  13. Chef Aimee said on February 26, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    I love brown rice and find it is so great because its healthy and fills you up! What a great take on stuffed peppers! I am going to look for some more dishes today with brown rice – you inspired me! 🙂

  14. Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) said on February 26, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    What yummy comfort food! I’ve never made them before but I’m sure I would like them!

  15. Cajun Chef Ryan said on February 26, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Stuffed bell peppers are one of my favorite foods, and these with the turkey, brown rice and cheese are perfect for our kind of eating these days.

  16. katie said on February 26, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    stuffed peppers are somthing i have yet to try and i NEED to!

    and thank you so much for your encouraging, sweet comment. seriously, it touched my heart so much..thankful for you!

  17. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said on February 26, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    my hubs would gobble these right up!

  18. christie @ honoring health said on February 27, 2010 at 7:38 am

    Yum! These look awesome, I need to add them to this weeks menu plan!

  19. lynn @ the actors diet said on February 27, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    i love this dish! but i never make it b/c 1. my hubby’s vegetarian and 2. he can’t digest peppers. trader joe’s has a ready made version i’ve been wanting to pick up but i’d rather have your homemade one.

  20. Jess (Fit Chick in the City) said on February 28, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Thank you for the photos! You know the first time I saw a blogger recipe for stuffed peppers, I sliced mine in half. Obviously, I’m not a cook. =)