Food is designed to fill you and to FUEL you. This particular dish is simply fulfilling, and a great alternative for any occasion. We recently celebrated Labor Day and I had the pleasure of introducing these peppers! They were such a hit, I decided to share the recipe. My family adores my “original stuffed pepper” recipe, however, I decided to try a different approach with these. If you wish to see my original version of stuffed peppers, just scroll to my recipes and dishes tabs! I went with the mini peppers, being that the sweet peppers have a slightly bolder bite. Since it was a holiday, I pretty much knew that we were going to have alot of heavier foods. I wanted to go with a little more balanced/healthier version. Something that wouldn’t just weigh you down after the fact. We all can attest to that! Not a good feeling. Food can either make you, or break you. I love when family/friends enjoy a dish that I put alot of thought behind. This recipe is quite simple. I also incoporated a few new ingredients that were a hit! The HEART of the items came from Trader Joes. If you haven’t tried Trader Joes, you are simply depriving yourself from life! Lol. I’m just saying.
Ok, now we can get down to the nitty gritty. As I previously said, the ingredients are simple and basic. I also kept in mind that I didn’t want to include alot of sodium, etc.. When you eat food, you should taste FOOD. Also, be mindful of what you’re eating. Take a look at the ingredients and decide if they will benefit you or harm you. Be proactive of your food choices. I highly recommend “fresh food” if possible. Look into local markets such as Farmer’s Market, Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Fresh Market. It really makes a HUGE difference. We want to be healthy & WHOLE. Mentally, physically, & spiritually! Amen? Amen.. Here’s what you will need.
- 2 small bags of mini assorted sweet peppers (I made these for a family function, so use more/less at your own discretion) Also, keep in mind that you will be slicing the peppers in half.
- 1 /2 pkg of dry ranch seasoning (Hidden Valley Ranch)
- “Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel Sesame seasoning blend” Here’s the link for a slightly cheaper option on AmazonPrime: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=nothing+but+the+bagel+seasoning&crid=3KGXG9GA5TA6Q&sprefix=nothing+but+the+bagel%2Caps%2C150&ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_21
- Slap Ya Mama cajun seasoning ( season to taste)
- 1/2 of a yellow onion diced thin
- 1 can of Trader Joe’s organic tomoto sauce
- Accent seasoning (season to taste)
- Greek Seasoning (season to taste)
- “Mccormicks” Himalayan Pink Salt Black Pepper Garlic
- 2 small pkgs of Ground Turkey
- 1 pkg of Mexican Style shredded cheese
- In a large skillet, add your ground turkey, onions, & seasonings. Cook until meat is done. Adjust season as needed.
- Add your can of tomato sauce, stir & reduce heat. Once simmered, turn off.
- Wash peppers, then slice into halves.
- Place peppers into a pot of hot water & boil for about 15-20 minutes until softened. (you will notice a slight dicoloration, & that’s when I normally remove from water)
- In a separate oven pan, line your 1/2 peppers, sprinkle them slightly with the Traders Joes seasoning (or season of choice) and begin to stuff.
- Place your stuffed peppers into the oven & cook on 350 degrees for about 25 minutes. Keep in mind that the peppers are pretty much done. But this additional time will allow ALL of your ingredients/peppers to marinate, cook, and soak in the flavors.
- Remove from oven & cover each pepper with your shredded cheese. The cheesier the better! Place back into oven for about 5 minutes. Just enough time for the cheese to melt.
- Remove from oven and allow your peppers to cool down for a few moments.