Whole30 Wednesday: Stuffed Peppers

Last week I spent hours researching Whole30 recipes. I pinned and pinned, until I had an entire Pinterest board full of Whole30 recipe ideas. After going to the store not once, but twice, but three times last week, I finally got all the ingredients needed to make a few delicious Whole30 meals.
Although we're not following the Whole30 guidelines (at the moment), it's my 2016 goal to learn how to cook healthier meals. I love the idea that Whole30 represents and that is, creating life-long, healthy eating habits. Before I jumped on the Whole30 bandwagon, I wanted to sample a few recipes and find what worked for us, so we could create a meal plan and plan ahead. For those of you looking to get healthier in 2016, follow along as I dedicate my Wednesdays to Whole30 recipe ideas and trying to create a healthier me, one recipe at a time.

I'm that kind of person who, if I click on a recipe and I've never heard of half of the ingredients before, I'll exit out of the browser and start my search over again. Researching new recipes can become overwhelming when you don't understand half of what goes into them, not to mention expensive when these recipes requires 1/4 of new ingredients you don't already own. In trying to be healthier this year, I'm also trying to find recipes that don't break my budget. Mind you, I'm still a college student. With that being said, I try to find recipes that are college budget friendly.

Stuffed Peppers Cost Breakdown:

I wanted to try this recipe with all four different peppers to see what each pepper would taste like. Cost wise though, the colored peppers are $.60 more expensive. If you wanted to be really frugal, you could always opt for all green peppers, saving yourself $1.80. I say spend the $1.80 and mix it up :P 

Turkey Stuffed Peppers
Whole30/ Paleo Approved

Shopping List:
  • 6-8 bell peppers (choose a variety of colors)
  • 1.5-2lbs of ground turkey
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1 jar of spaghetti or marinara sauce (sugar free) or a 14 oz. can of tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp of italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper

I tried cooking my bell peppers two different ways. I put half in a pot of boiling water on the stove and I put half in the microwave in a bowl with water. I preferred the microwave way over the stove way. I thought the microwave did a quicker job of softening the peppers. Choose whichever way works for you!

  1. Place peppers in a pot of boiling water on the stove or place peppers in a bowl with a little bit of water (I added just enough water to cover the bottom of the peppers). Cook for 8-12 minutes. The microwave cooked my peppers in about 8 minutes, the stove about 12 minutes. Check casually to ensure your peppers don’t get too soft. I checked my peppers in the microwave around minute 6 and left them in for another 2 minutes. The peppers on the stove I kept squeezing the tops of with my fingers until I thought they felt soft enough to eat.
  2. Chop your onions and garlic.
  3. Cook the ground turkey and add your chopped onions and garlic to the pan.
  4. Drain the fat from the meat in a strainer when the meat is finished cooking.
  5. Put the cooked ground turkey mixture back in the pan and add the can of diced tomatoes, 1 cup of spaghetti/marinara/or tomato sauce, 1 tbsp of italian seasoning, and salt and pepper to taste. Let it sit on a low heat for a few minutes and occasionally stir.
  6. Fill peppers with turkey mixture and enjoy!

Optional: Top off the peppers  with remaining extra sauce.

Note: I couldn't find sugar free sauce/marinara at the grocery store. On top of that, I forgot to go back down the sauce aisle and just buy something, so when I got home, I used a four cheese spaghetti sauce that was already in my pantry as my substitute.  Don't follow my lead because it's not considered Whole30/ Paleo friendly, but it was pretty tasty lol. I topped my boyfriends peppers off with the four cheese sauce and left the sauce off mine. Even without the sauce, they were still delicious. I didn't think it needed it. 

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  1. I love stuffed peppers! I actually did some similar to this last week. Of course I didn't document it well enough to blog about it though. Dang! Added one of my older recipes to the link up, hopefully I'll have something new to add next week!

  2. We make stuffed bell peppers all the time because they're just so easy and delicious! Sometimes (AKA all the time) when we're feeling really lazy, we'll just dice up the bell peppers and toss them into the turkey or beef or whatever we're using as the stuffing. It makes it easier to eat as leftovers and tastes just as good!

  3. I love stuffed peppers & these look delicious!!! Whole 30 sounds so awesome but I think I would struggle with recipes. I need to try some of yours!

  4. Stuffed peppers are always a great meal and yours look delicious!

  5. Yum yum yum!!! I make almost this same recipe, but with pulled rotisserie chicken! I'm going to sub in turkey next time :)


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