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A spoon in a gluten free unstuffed bell pepper skillet topped with melted cheese.

Unstuffed Peppers Recipe


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  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Total Time: 30 to 40 minutes
  • Yield: 5 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Enjoy all the flavor and nutrients of stuffed peppers with half the work thanks to this easy, gluten-free unstuffed peppers skillet recipe!


Ingredients

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  • 2 teaspoons light olive oil
  • 1 lb (455 g) lean ground beef or turkey
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic (2 cloves)
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped bell pepper or 1 large bell pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt or kosher salt, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 1/4 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 Tablespoon gluten-free Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups cooked quinoa or rice (or equivalent to 2/3 cup uncooked)*
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese or non-dairy cheese, divided (see notes)
  • Garnish – 1/4 cup chopped parsley or fresh herb of choice

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the ground meat and cook until the meat is browned, about 7 to 10 minutes.

Notes

Substitutes – For a vegetarian option, omit the beef or turkey and replace with ground tempeh. For dairy free option, mix in ½ cup nutritional yeast or or use soy-free dairy free cheese that melts well.

Prep Tips – How to Cook Quinoa

Cooking Tips – Feel free to add more than 2 cups of cooked quinoa or rice to your liking. Adding more quinoa or rice will adjust the taste but will add an additional serving.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 to 30 minutes
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 301
  • Sugar: 6 g
  • Sodium: 331.8 mg
  • Fat: 7.1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 32.9 g
  • Fiber: 5.4 g
  • Protein: 26.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 54.2 mg