Peppers Stuffed with Herbed Ground Turkey and Rice

There’s enough moisture in the stuffed pepper that you don’t need to cook the rice first. The tomato mixture is fantastic – make sure to cut open the pepper and dip its contents into the sauce.

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  • 1spray(s) cooking spray
  • 4item(s) uncooked bell pepper(s)any color
  • 1large uncooked onion(s)finely chopped, divided
  • 3clove(s) garlic clove(s)finely chopped, divided
  • 14cup(s) fresh parsleyfinely chopped
  • 1Tbsp dillfinely chopped
  • 15oz canned crushed tomatoesdivided
  • 12cup(s) uncooked white rice
  • 34pound(s) uncooked 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1tsp table salt(or to taste)
  • 14tsp black pepper
  • 1Tbsp olive oil
  • 34cup(s) water


1 Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat a baking dish just large enough to hold peppers with cooking spray.
2 Slice tops off peppers; reserve tops. Carefully remove seeds and ribs from peppers; trim a thin sliver off bottoms if peppers don’t stand upright (being careful not to cut through into cavity).
3 In a large mixing bowl, combine half the onion, half the garlic, parsley, dill, 1/4 c tomatoes, rice, turkey, 3/4 tsp salt, and pepper to make filling.
4 In a medium nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add remaining onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add remaining garlic; cook, stirring, 30 seconds. Stir in remaining tomato, remaining 1/4 tsp salt and water; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer 1 minute.
5 Loosely stuff peppers with filling (leaving enough room for rice to expand – about 3/4 c in each) and nestle peppers in baking dish; replace pepper tops. Spoon tomato sauce around peppers in baking dish.
6 Cover dish tightly with foil; bake until peppers are tender and rice is cooked, 75 to 90 minutes.
7 Serving size: 1 stuffed pepper and 1/2 c sauce