One of my favorite dishes made by my mom is stuffed bell peppers. She usually stuffs them with a combination of ground turkey, pork, rice and an array of spices. Last night I set out to make a similar meal. As much as I would have loved to stuff some rice into these cute little peppers, our Paleo diet was there in the back of my mind shaking its finger at me. Insert *sigh* here. It has been a bit of a rough week so some comfort carbs would have tasted amazingly. At least the rice would have been better for us than the pizza and beer combo my hubby kept dreaming about. I am happy to announce that we did not give into any of those amazing sounding food temptations. Instead we ate these cute little peppers filled with all kinds of Paleo goodness.
- 8 Medium – Small Bell Peppers
- 4 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 400 grams Ground Lean Turkey
- 400 grams Ground Pork
- 6 Tbsp White Onion (chopped)
- 1/4 Cup Celery (chopped finely)
- 8 Brown Mushrooms (chopped)
- 1 Can Diced Tomatoes (I used a 796ml can and strained it)
- 6 Sprigs Fresh Thyme
- 1 Garlic Clove (minced)
- 1 Tsp Cayenne
- 1 1/2 Tsp Paprika
- 1 1/2 Tsp Seasoning Salt
- 1 Tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
- 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
- 1/4 cup Beef Broth
- 8 Tsp Almond Flour (for topping)
- Almond Slices (for topping)
- Wash your peppers, cut off the tops and remove the seeds.
- Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees.
- Place your peppers cut side up on a lightly greased pan and fill the bottom with water.
- Bake them in the oven for about 15 minutes. Once the time expires remove them and let them cool.
- While the peppers are baking make your filling. In a large pan, brown your onions with the olive oil.
- Add in the meat along with the beef broth and stir constantly to break up the meat. (the broth with water will help break down the meat into small bits)
- When the meat is no longer pink, add in your celery, mushrooms, tomatoes, spices, thyme and garlic.
- Stir everything together for about 7 minutes to allow some of the liquid to evaporate.
- Remove from the heat and let it cool a few minutes.
- Stuff your peppers generously but be careful not to tear the peppers.
- Top each pepper with a bit of almond flour followed by the almond slices.
- Pour whatever liquid is left in the pan into the bottom of the baking dish. If nothing is left pour some water into the bottom just to make sure it is covered. This will prevent the bottoms of the peppers from burning and sticking.
- Place the peppers back in your baking dish and bake for 20 minutes.
Let them cool a bit before eating as the stuffing will be very hot.