Back on the Mediterranean, low-fat, high-fiber, carb-conscious, heart healthy bandwagon! It’s probably safe to say that most of us have tried a stuffed pepper before and that most of those peppers have been filled with very similar ingredients (ground beef, crushed tomato, rice); so, here is a little something different to add a little variety to an easy, healthy family meal!
1 lb lean ground beef
1 box (10 oz) frozen spinach, thawed and drained
2 cups grated zucchini (yep, grated! That cheese grater is good for more than just nachos!)
1 cup minced onion
1/2 cup bulgur
1 egg, beaten
1/2 tsp dried oregano
ground black pepper to taste
2 (14.5 oz) cans low-sodium chopped tomatoes
3 red peppers, halved length-wise
1/3 cup feta cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees farenheit. Combine first 9 ingredients in a bowl and mix together. Arrange pepper halves in a baking dish, skin down, and fill with meat mixture. Sprinkle with feta cheese, cover with aluminum foil, and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 25 minutes, or until peppers are tender and meat reaches 165 degrees farenheit.
No added fat, high fiber whole grains and veggies, and flavorful cheeses and herbs make this a low-fat, low sodium, low carb meal! What are your favorite mediterranean dishes?