Lamb-Stuffed Baked Peppers

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If you like bell peppers, you'll love this dish because they're the main attraction, filled with seasoned rice and ground lamb and topped with a zesty tomato sauce.

Nutritional info
per serving

Calories 447
Fat 24g
Saturated fat 7g
Carbohydrates 33g
Sodium 1,865mg
Fiber 6g
Protein 25g
Cholesterol 66mg

Lamb-Stuffed Baked Peppers

4 peppers
Servings
Prep time: Cook time: Total time:

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground lamb or beef
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 TB. minced garlic
  • 3 TB. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, shredded
  • [1/4] cup plus 2 TB. fresh basil, chopped
  • 2[1/2] tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • 1 cup long-grain rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 (16-oz.) can plain tomato sauce
  • 1 TB. sugar
  • 4 large green, red, yellow, or orange sweet bell peppers

Directions

In a large skillet over medium heat, brown lamb for 5 minutes, breaking up chunks with a wooden spoon.

Add yellow onion, garlic, extra-virgin olive oil, tomato, carrot, [1/4] cup basil, 1[1/2] teaspoons salt, black pepper, and turmeric, and cook for 7 minutes.

Add long-grain rice and 2 cups water to the skillet, cover, and cook for 30 minutes. Remove from heat.

In a 2-quart pot over medium heat, combine tomato sauce, remaining 1 teaspoon salt, remaining 2 tablespoons basil, remaining 1 cup water, and sugar. Stir and simmer for 10 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 450ºF.

Cut off tops of green bell peppers, and remove ribs and seeds. Stand peppers in a 8x8-inch casserole dish (if they won't stand, trim them slightly so they will), and fill each with about 1 cup rice mixture.

Bake for 15 minutes. Remove the casserole dish from the oven, and reduce the temperature to 400ºF.

Spoon tomato sauce over each bell pepper and into the casserole dish. Add pepper tops to peppers, cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil, bake for 20 minutes.

Let peppers rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Healthy Hint
You can make this recipe healthier by using brown rice instead of long-grain rice. The brown rice adds a more earthy taste and texture.

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