I like recipes that are easy to make, but also create meals that are easy to freeze. We try to make extra amounts so that we’ll have leftovers to eat for another day. I find that saves a lot of time.
Stuffed Bell Peppers are one of the meals I find easy to make and easy to freeze. It’s a relatively healthy meal that you can sneak lots of veggies into. I’m going to share my kind-of recipe. I say kind-of because you’ll see a lot of the seasoning is to taste. I don’t have exact measurements for you, but you’ll get the point. I’ll also add some links to stuffed bell pepper recipes to help you out if you prefer more exact measurements.
How to Make Stuffed Peppers
So, here’s my kind-of recipe for making stuffed bell peppers. It contains 4 main parts.
1. Bell peppers – I find 6 big peppers is the right amount for my recipe. I prefer to use green peppers, but you could probably use red or yellow too. Rinse the peppers. Cut off the tops and rinse out the seeds so you have a little pepper bowl now. Place the peppers face down on a plate and microwave on high for about 5 minutes. This softens them up.
2. Rice – I use 1 cup of uncooked rice, added to 1 1/4 cups of water and then cook the rice in my steamer. I’m not sure how many cups of cooked rice this is. You can pretty much use any rice. The last time I made the peppers I used Jasmine rice. You could probably even use quinoa or something like that too. Season to taste.
3. Veggies – I use carrots and celery. Chop the veggies into very small pieces. I chop them up in the food processor. Put them in a pot or pan with a little olive oil and some seasoning. I use lemon/lime juice, salt, and various Pensey’s spices I have in my cabinet. Sautee until a little bit soft. You don’t want them mushy, but you don’t want them super crunchy either.
4. Meat/onions – You can use ground beef or ground turkey. This last time I chose about a pound of ground turkey. I used half of a white onion chopped in small pieces, but you could probably use other onions as well. Brown the meat with the onions. Season to taste. Some people like to add sauces as well.
Put it all together
Combine everything – Mix everything. Taste, and add more seasoning if needed.
Stuff the peppers with the mixture. Place in a glass pan. Put in oven at 350 until done. You know it will be done with the top starts to brown a little and the pepper folds in a little on top.
Here are some full recipes with exact measurement for stuffed peppers.
Uncle Bill’s Stuffed Sweet Peppers – from Food.com
Stuffed Bell Pepper Recipes – from All Recipes
Stuffed Pepper Recipe – from Betty Crocker
These stuffed peppers freeze well. Make a bunch and keep them in your freezer for easy dinners during the week.
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Erin is the mother of identical twin girls and their slightly older brother. She is a domestic engineer, and previously had a career leading customer service teams for a major HVAC company. Cleaning without harsh chemicals, and cooking easy and usually healthy meals are part of Erin's daily life. She volunteers with youth leaders, and genuinely wants to help others win. Erin has a degree in Communications, with a focus on Broadcast Journalism.