Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Lunch - Steamed Stuffed Peppers

Yum!! These are so easy! During my Sunday Food Prep, I made these, then tucked them in Ziploc Steamer Bags. I tossed one in my cooler today and at lunchtime, nuked it for 4 1/2 minutes and voila! Lunch!

Chelle's Recipe

Ingredients:
6 Red Peppers, washed, with tops removed and insides scraped out
1 lb Lean Ground Beef (*see note below)
1 to 2 cups of brown rice, cooked (**see note below)
1 can Muir Glen No Salt Added Fire Roasted Tomatoes, Crushed
1 Tbsp Mrs Dash Southwest Chipotle
1 Tbsp Mrs Dash Extra Spicy (you can use less)
6 Tbsp Reduced Fat Feta

Directions:
Brown ground beef  with both Mrs Dash seasonings. Drain.
Add the rice & crushed tomatoes.
Mix Well.
Split the meat mixture between the peppers, stuffing firmly. If you have leftover meat, no worries... sprinkle it on a salad or in a wrap, or in scrambled eggs :-)
Top each with 1 tbsp crumbled feta.
Place peppers in individual steamer bags (depending on the size of the peppers, sometimes you can fit 2, sometimes only 1), standing them up with their open tops on the "cook this side up" side of the bag.
Refrigerate
When ready to cook, place bag in microwave and cook for 4 1/2 minutes. Allow to rest in the bag for an additional minute. Serve!
  Fire Roasted Crushed Tomatoes  

NOTES:
*Lean Ground Beef - I use 97%  when it's on sale, but let's face it, it's a lousy economy. If money's tight, I buy the cheap beef, cook it then drain it and rinse with hot water to remove the excess fat, then return to the skillet, add seasoning and proceed with recipe. You can substitute any other ground meat (bison, turkey, chicken, etc).
**Brown Rice - I tend to use less, as I don't eat a lot of grains. You can certainly use more, but keep an eye on your protein to carb ratio. You want to keep the protein in this recipe high.

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