Italian Beef Stuffed Peppers

Italian Beef Stuffed Peppers are an easy healthy recipe the entire family will love! They are hearty and delicious plus gives you one whole meal in an entire dish!

Start off by pre-cooking your peppers unless you like your peppers crunchy. I baked my pepper halves for about 15 min, but you can also place them in boiling water for 3 to 5 min or use the microwave to soften them up a bit.

Brown the ground beef, then add seasonings and parmesan cheese. Stir in marinara sauce at the end. Stuff the peppers with the meat filling. Cover the peppers with foil and bake 10 to 12 min. Remove foil, add mozzarella cheese and bake an additional 5 min or until cheese has melted. Enjoy!

Italian Beef Stuffed Peppers

10.5 oz 93% lean ground beef, raw ~ need 7.5 oz cooked (1 1/2 Leans)
1/2 cup Rao's marinara sauce* (2 Greens)
1/4 tsp garlic powder (1/2 Condiment)
1/4 tsp salt (1 Condiment)
1/4 tsp black pepper (1/2 Condiment)
1/2 tsp dried Italian seasoning (1 Condiment)
2 tbsp fresh parmesan cheese, grated (2 Condiments)
1/2 cup part skim mozzarella cheese, shredded (1/2 Lean)
2 bell peppers (4 Greens)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Remove top, seeds, and core from bell peppers. Rinse, pat dry and cut in half lengthwise. Place peppers on a baking sheet and bake 10 to 15 min or until peppers start to get soft.

Meanwhile, cook ground beef in a medium sized skillet over medium high heat. When beef is almost cooked through, add garlic powder, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and grated parmesan cheese. Continue cooking until meat is fully cooked. Stir in marinara sauce at the end. Set aside.

Scoop 1/4 of the meat mixture into each pepper half. Cover with foil and bake for 15 min. Remove foil and add 2 tbsp of cheese over each pepper half. Bake for an additional 5 min or until cheese has melted.

2 Servings with
1 Lean, 3 Greens, and 2.5 Condiments per serving (2 pepper halves)

* Here are some options for approved marinara sauces, but of course not limited to just these below. When choosing a sauce, it must contain less than 50 Calories, less than 5 g of Carbs, less than 200 mg Sodium, and less than 3 g Fat per 1/4 cup.

Rao's Marinara Sauce
Hunt's Garlic and Herb Pasta Sauce
Trader Joes Traditional Pasta Sauce
Organico Bello Marinara Sauce
Prego No Sugar Added Marinara Sauce


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