Prep 20 mins
Cook 10 mins
I combined a few recipes that I've found that I really liked, and came up with this one. It's very tasty, has lots of veggies and is low carb (what more could you ask for?) Using lean ground beef, and no rice makes this a "South Beach" friendly meal.
- 2 large bell peppers (halved and seeded)
- 1 lb lean ground beef (90% lean or ground turkey)
- 1 medium onion (grated)
- 2 garlic cloves (minced)
- 1 medium zucchini (grated)
- 1⁄2 cup roasted red pepper (chopped)
- 5 cups baby spinach leaves
- 2 tablespoons fresh oregano (chopped)
- 2 tablespoons of fresh mint (Chopped)
- 1 cup tomato sauce (divided)
- 1 cup reduced-fat mozzarella cheese
- salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil, poach the bell pepper halves till just tender. remove and allow to drain cut side down on paper towels or a tea cloth.
- While the peppers are par-boiling, heat a large deep sided frying pan to med-high heat.
- Add the ground meat, onions and garlic and cook till the meat is no longer pink.
- Add thezucchini, red peppers, spinach, oregano and mint (and some salt and pepper, if you like)
- Cook till the zucchini and spinach are wilted (there will be some juice at the bottom of the pan).
- Divide meat mixture into the four large pepper halves (it will mound up pretty well)
- Divide tomato sauce over four filled peppers, then top with the mozzarella.
- Bake about 10 minutes to melt the cheese and heat completely through.
I normally shy away from roasted red peppers, but it is perfect in this dish! I made it as written minus the mint. Wife hates mint! It still worked, but I think the mint would have added another level of flavor.