I like to think I have good taste. I’m not always super creative and probably couldn’t put a recipe together by myself if I tried. Let’s just say, I’m no Martha Stewart but I can follow a recipe and use it as a guide and improvise as I see fit. I always tell hubs that you can improvise with cooking but NEVER with baking. He did that the other night…and lets just say it did not end well. That poor paleo pumpkin bread.
So I was pretty stoked when one of my new favorite bloggers Healthy Mom Runs posted a stuffed peppers recipe that looked delish – it was a great base recipe for me and I made it perfect for Adam and I given our pseudo-paleo goals. Our biggest change? Adding meat.
Here’s our version…
Chicken & Rice Stuffed Peppers
- 4 Peppers (I forgot to get all green bells so we had a red, green and a yellow pepper and only used three…not four. Whoops)
- 1/2 Onion
- 1/2 C. Spinach Leaves
- 1 C. Black Beans (canned)
- 1 C. Brown Rice (precooked – i use the frozen Trader Joes brown rice for EVERYTHING)
- 28oz. Can Crushed Tomato
- 5-6 basil leaves chopped (I used fresh basil which added a burst of flavor)
- Olive Oil
- Seasoning (S&P)
- 1/2 c. precooked chicken diced (we used the Trader Joes precooked chicken)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Cook up onion, olive oil in a large pan. Add rice, beans, spinach, 1/2 can of tomato, basil and chicken (add the chicken earlier if it’s not pre-c0ooked)
- Stir together and mix thoroughly
- Cut tops off of peppers and rinse any remaining seeds out, fill to top with filling mix.
- Place in square casserole dish and top with remaining tomatoes
- Bake covered for about 20 minutes
This was a DELICIOUS recipe – and super easy to boot. Many kudos to Healthy Mom Runs for the recipe, she’s been a great resource for some of our healthy eating as of late. The chicken definitely gave it a bit of extra protein which hubs wanted, and it added a nice texture to the dish. I like cheese in mine and might add it to the next time. We had some extra filling which made a nice meal the next day since I was out of peppers.