As I was making my farmers market grocery list for this coming week's meal plans, I realized that I'm using just about every vegetable that our market offers. While I didn't do it on purpose, I'm happy to fully take advantage of having such a variety of fresh vegetables while I can!
Stuffed Bell Peppers
- 6 bell peppers, tops removed and ribs and seeds removed (any color but our favorite is red)
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- leftover bell peppers tops, diced
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 3/4 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp ground pepper
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
- 3/4-1 lb. ground turkey, 93% lean (you could also use lean ground beef)
- 1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice
- 1 cup marinara sauce
- cheese, if desired (we often grate a bit of mozzarella cheese on top)
-Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
-In a large pot of boiling water, boil prepped bell peppers for 5-7 minutes until peppers are fairly soft. Drain on paper towels and then put peppers in 9 by 13 baking dish. Add water to the bottom of the baking dish until the bottom of the dish is barely covered.
-While bell peppers are in boiling water, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil and cook garlic, onions and peppers tops until soft, 5-7 minutes.
-Add ground turkey, chopped parsley, salt, pepper, oregano and thyme. Cook until brown and all pink is gone, about 5 minutes. Drain off extra grease.
-Add brown rice and marinara sauce. Combine and remove from heat.
-Spoon mixture into bell peppers. Cook for approximately 15 minutes. Add grated cheese, if desired, on top and cook for 2 minutes or until cheese is melted.
-Serve with additional marinara sauce.
Week's Menu Plan
Saturday: Spicy Chicken Avocado Sandwich with steamed artichokes
Monday: Chicken Piccata with summer Vegetables
Tuesday: Italian wedding soup
Wednesday: Broiled Tilapia with Thai Coconut Curry Sauce (served with steamed broccoli)
Thursday: Bryant makes dinner!
Friday: steak fajitas (pear butterscotch pie for dessert)
Saturday: Chicken, Apple & Cheese Quesadillas