Oh, hello there little bowl of deliciousness. You make me so happy with your perfectly seasoned, browned turkey and veggies; hearty brown rice; and melt-y, gooey cheese ?. I am telling you right now, the 21 Day Fix does NOT restrict you from eating delicious, interesting, flavorful food.
When I started this, I was concerned that it would be challenging not to do the whole meat + side veggie + starch. I really don’t like doing that…it just gets dull. If I can eat stuff like the Tilapia from Monday and this Unstuffed Pepper Skillet every night, I might be 21 Day Fixin it fo-eva. One thing I really like about developing recipes with the 21 Day Fix in mind is that it forces me to make healthier decisions in my cooking. In general, I feel like I cook relatively healthy food, but sticking with these little tupperware portions makes me even more aware of going the extra mile to make things healthy. For example, adding a few tablespoons of cheese rather than a cup, or using ground turkey instead of ground beef. Nah mean? Catch my drift??
But it ends up tasting just as good! Which makes it even more fun. It’s all about balance and seasoning people, balance and seasoning.
So, this “Unstuffed” Pepper Skillet. It is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. I used all the ingredients I would use in an actual stuffed pepper, but instead of stuffing it inside the vegetable, we dice the pepper up and throw it in the pan with everything else.
I did this for 3 reasons.
- It is easier to measure the green tupperware worth of peppers if they are chopped up.
- It is way easier and less high maintenance than dealing with stuffing the peppers, baking them, etc…
- It’s clever ?. It’s “Unstuffed.” Come on…just put me on the food channel, already.
I will say, I had a bit of an unexpected turn of events here. I was trying to make this a one serving recipe like I am planning to do with my other 21 Day Fix recipes, but towards the end, I was noticing that it ended up being a lot more food than I initially expected. I was way too full to finish, and there was still a decent amount left.
So I am writing this as a “two serving” recipe. This does make the container sizes a little weird though. Rather than being two green, one yellow, one blue, etc…it’s now one green, one half yellow, one half blue, etc…Still totally doable, but a little weirder.
Whatevs. Just EAT IT AND LIKE IT.
Yum, yum, yum. I just love everything about it.
How was your weekend?? Mine was great! It felt like a four or five day weekend rather than a two day. I had this really great women’s conference about “being courageous” at my friend’s church. It went kind of late Friday night and started early on Saturday. It ended at about 3:00, and then the other half of my weekend started. Because of all that busy-ness, my weekend felt way longer.
This is coming out differently in words than it sounded in my head, and I feel like it’s making no sense. Here’s the point: my weekend felt super long and it was leeeeegggiittt.
And it included Unstuffed Pepper Skillet, which automatically makes for a successful day. Boom shacka.
Cheeeeeese ?. Happy Monday, friends!
For you 21 Day Fix people – this recipe uses the following:
- 1 green container (pepper, onion, tomatoes)
- 1/2 red container (turkey)
- 1/2 yellow container (brown rice)
- 1/2 blue container (cheese)
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
*The garlic, spices, cilantro, and lime juice are “free”*
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- ½ onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ¼ cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
- ¼ pound lean ground turkey
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- ¾ teaspoon oregano
- ½ cup cooked brown rice (I used the quick cooking brown rice to make everything faster)
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
- Chopped cilantro for garnish!
- Add 1 teaspoon of your olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat
- When the pan is hot, add your ground turkey and season with salt and pepper
- Let the turkey brown in the pan, stirring occasionally until it is cooked through
- Meanwhile, cook your brown rice
- When your turkey is almost done, add ½ teaspoon cumin, ½ teaspoon chili powder, ½ teaspoon paprika, and ¼ teaspoon oregano. Stir to combine
- Set the turkey aside on a plate and add the remaining 1 teaspoon of olive oil to your pan
- Add your veggies (pepper, onion, garlic) and season with salt and pepper. Add your cherry tomatoes in with the veggies after they have been cooking for a few minutes - stir to combine
- Let the veggies cook until they have softened. If it gets too dry, add a splash of water and stir together
- When the veggies are almost done, add the remaining spices (1/2 teaspoon cumin, ½ teaspoon chili powder, ½ teaspoon paprika, and ½ teaspoon oregano)
- Add the turkey back into the veggies along with your ½ cup of cooked brown rice
- Add your lime juice and stir everything together. Season to taste
- Add your cheese - you can either stir it in or sprinkle it on top and melt under the broiler or in the microwave
*This recipe is gluten free*
If you make this or any of my other recipes, be sure to Instagram it and hashtag #thegarlicdiaries!
In the mood for more stuffed pepper yumminess? Head over and check out my Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers!!