Stuffed Pepper Casserole – Healthy Easy Meal
This healthy stuffed pepper casserole with cheddar is a great go-to meal for nights when you don’t really feel like cooking. It’s easy to make, hearty, and tastes great!
This might not be the prettiest meal in the world, but it is one of my absolute go-to meals. It’s a perfect meal: easy, nutritious, and satisfying.
You can prepare the casserole in about 15 minutes, pop it in the oven, and let it bake. It needs to bake for at least an hour and a half – which just so happens to be the time where I’m starting to go crazy, the kids are getting ornery, and I’m staring at the clock waiting for my husband to get home (aka the witching hour!).
That might sound like a long baking time but the beauty of this is that you can do anything you want while it bakes. Make a side salad. Sit down, relax! Catch up on emails. Play with your kids. Do some yard work. Whatever you want. Dinner will be ready when you are.
The only actual cooking in this dish aside from baking it (which is completely hands-off), is browning the meat and cooking the onion, which takes less than 10 minutes. Once that is done, you just mix the rest of the ingredients together, tightly wrap the casserole with foil and bake.
You probably should stick around the house, you know, since the oven is on and all, but other than that you can do whatever your heart desires. And make sure to stir this every so often!
Things to note about this Stuffed Pepper Casserole recipe:
- Make sure to buy long-grain rice. The short grain will take longer to cook. My neighbor makes a version of this with orzo so you could try that if you wanted!
- Feel free to substitute ground beef if you want a more traditional stuffed pepper flavor in this stuffed pepper casserole. I love ground turkey and I go for the extra lean stuff for this recipe because all the juice from the tomatoes makes it super juicy and flavorful.
- As with many of my recipes, I love to use extra sharp cheddar cheese on this stuffed pepper casserole. The bold flavor allows you to use less cheese leading to a lower calorie meal. Mozzarella cheese is fine, too – it has a milder flavor but is still delicious. Go ahead and substitute whatever cheese you like, or happen to have on hand.
Looking for bell pepper recipes? Try:
- 20 ounces extra lean ground turkey breast
- 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 large bell peppers, chopped
- 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
- 1/2 cup long-grain brown rice
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese or mozzarella
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a large high-sided skillet, add ground turkey and onions and season with salt and pepper. (I use a non-stick skillet. If you don’t, you might want to add a teaspoon or two of olive oil.) Cook, breaking up ground turkey, until turkey is cooked through and browned.
- Add to a 9×13 casserole dish and add all other ingredients except cheese. Stir to combine. Cover tightly with foil. Bake for 75 minutes to 90 minutes or until rice is tender. Remove foil, add cheese and bake for about 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted and bubbling.
- It is important to use long grain rice in this recipe. If you only have short grain, plan for an increased baking time to make sure the rice is tender. Using white rice will decrease cooking time.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 318Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 99mgSodium: 397mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 39g
Husband’s take: He never complains when I serve this! He loves that it is healthy and still really hearty and filling.
Changes I would make: None are necessary. Sometimes I switch it up a little based on what I have in the house. I love it with mushrooms.
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