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#EatWellLiveWell: Baked Stuffed Peppers

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Red peppers, green peppers, yellow peppers, oh my! So many crisp, vibrant colors to choose from! The vast amount of fresh produce at your local farmers' market and the grocery store is an exciting and, at times, overwhelming site. If you're not sure where to start when it comes to cooking with vegetables this summer, start with our Baked Stuffed Peppers!


While this recipe calls specifically for green bell peppers, all bell peppers offer fantastic health benefits. Every year when summer rolls around, it's important to remember to protect your skin from increased exposure to sunlight. Bell peppers can help keep your skin looking beautiful all summer long! Loaded with vitamin C, E, and B6, bell peppers help renew cells and keep your skin looking fresh and vibrant. With proper sun protection and regularly eating foods with vitamin C, E, and B6 such as bell peppers, your healthy skin will glow! Start today by making the new Baked Stuffed Peppers recipe!


Recipe: Baked Stuffed Peppers

Servings: 2


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water

  • 1/2 cup uncooked Arborio rice

  • 2 green bell peppers, halved and seeded

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 pinch ground black pepper

  • 1 tomato, diced

  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese


Directions:

  1. Lightly grease a baking sheet and preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. In a saucepan, boil water. Cook rice in boiled water and let simmer for 20 minutes.

  3. Remove from heat and set aside when the rice is cooked through.

  4. Cut the tops off your peppers and clean out the inside.

  5. Place your peppers cut-side down on the greased baking sheet. Roast peppers for 25-30 minutes or until tender and the skin begins to brown.

  6. Heat oil in a skillet over medium - high heat while peppers roast. Sauté onions with basil, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper for 2 to 3 minutes.

  7. Stir in tomato and cook for 5 minutes.

  8. Add cooked rice to the mixture in the skillet and cook until heated through.

  9. Remove skillet mixture from heat and mix in feta cheese, and spoon into peppers once done roasting.

  10. Place peppers with stuffing in the oven for 5 more minutes. Then serve and enjoy!


Nutritional Information:

385 calories, 15.2 g total fat, 33 mg cholesterol, 1595 mg sodium, 52.6 g total carbs, 4.5 g fiber, 10.8 g protein.


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