One of my favorite pastimes recently has been turning fussy, traditional dishes into simple casseroles. As a working mom, I don’t have hours to spend working on dinner. I know, my job is creating, cooking and photographing recipes, but let’s be realistic here, no one has time to spend 3 hours making dinner.
Since we’re all big stuffed pepper fans, I thought I’d try to turn our favorite stuffed pepper recipe into a casserole. It would keep all the same delicious flavors and textures that everyone loves, but it would be much easier and faster to put together. And let me tell you, it turned out to be a fantastic idea!
Whenever I rework one of our favorite recipes, it’s vital that it turns out with the same flavors as the original version. Sometimes it doesn’t but it’s still good and a new recipe is born. But with stuffed peppers, I just wanted an easier way to make up our favorite recipe.
Stuffed Peppers are just like meatloaf. There are about 1000 ways to do it and each one turns out a little different. Everyone has their favorite, and it’s usually the one that they grew up eating. Some have tomatoes or tomato paste and some don’t. Others have rice as a filler, others have oatmeal, and some have croutons.
My stuffed pepper recipe is pretty basic, but I’ve made it a little more diet friendly by using ground chicken breast instead of ground beef. It keeps the points down but also keeps the flavor lighter so that the flavors of the peppers can really shine through the dish.
In addition to the ground chicken breast, I season my peppers with onion, garlic, tomatoes and tomato sauce. I add some thyme, paprika and Worcestershire sauce to jazz it up and then some rice to add filling to the peppers.
All those ingredients are crucial in my new casserole, so I didn’t change anything but the way that I cooked it. Instead of making the stuffed pepper filling and baking the peppers, I just chopped up the peppers and mixed it all together into a casserole.
You guys – brilliant idea.
You still get all the wonderful flavors of the stuffed peppers, but it’s so much easier to make and, frankly, easier to eat too. Since the peppers are all chopped up in the casserole, you get a little pepper in each bite and it’s perfect.
I just loved how easy it was. I prepared everything, popped it in the oven and I was free to do other things until it was ready to come out.
Then, to make things even better, I decided to use it as a meal prep recipe as well. It was easy to portion out the correct serving size into individual containers. Finally, I just had to freeze it and I’ve got an easy, healthy and delicious meal whenever I need it.
This Stuffed Pepper Casserole was delicious, satisfying and low in points. It was easy to make and since everything is cooked in one dish – easy to clean up as well. We’ll definitely be adding this one to the regular rotation around here!
Stuffed Pepper Casserole Recipe
- 1 lb ground chicken breast
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 yellow onion - (diced)
- 1 red bell pepper - (diced)
- 1 green pepper - (diced)
- 3 garlic cloves - (minced)
- 1 14-15oz can diced tomatoes
- 1 8oz can tomato sauce
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp white vinegar
- 1 tbsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 cups fat free beef or chicken broth
- 1 cup basmati rice - (uncooked)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a large skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. Add in onions and garlic, and sauté until tender, about 2 minutes.
- Stir in ground chicken, and cook until browned, about 5-7 minutes. Add in bell peppers and salt & pepper, and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
- Reduce heat to medium. Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce, broth, Worcestershire sauce, honey, vinegar, thyme, and paprika. Stir well, and heat until boiling.
- Add uncooked rice. Return to boiling; reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer about 25 minutes or until rice is tender. Season with additional salt and pepper as desired.