Italian Beef Stuffed Bell Peppers

Try these diabetes-friendly Italian Beef and Rice Stuffed Peppers. A sophisticated, delicious, and low-carb dinner that is guaranteed to be a hit.

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 medium-size red bell peppers 
  • Cooking spray
  • 3/4 pound extra-lean ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped Italian (flat leaf) parsley
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 (8.8-ounce) package microwaveable whole grain brown rice (such as Uncle Ben's)
  • 2 cups bottled pasta sauce, divided
  • 1/2 cup grated Asiago or Pecornino Romano cheese
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine

Instructions

Cut tops off bell peppers; reserve tops. Discard seeds and membranes. Place peppers, cut sides down, in a baking dish; cover with plastic wrap. Microwave at high 2 minutes or until peppers are crisp-tender. Cool.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat coated with cooking spray. Add beef and next 5 ingredients; cook 5 minutes or until beef is lightly browned, stirring to crumble. Remove from heat. Stir in rice, 1/2 cup pasta sauce, and cheese.

Place remaining 1 1/2 cups pasta sauce and wine in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Spoon about 3/4 to 1 cup beef mixture into each pepper. Place peppers, facing up, in a 2-quart baking dish coated with cooking spray; Pour wine mixture over peppers. Cover with foil.

Bake at 450° for 20 minutes. Uncover, and bake 5 more minutes or until lightly browned. Serve peppers with sauce. Garnish with pepper tops.

Exchanges/Choices

  • 2 Very Lean Meat
  • 1 Lean Meat
  • 1 Carbohydrate
  • 5 Vegetable
  • 1 Fat

Nutrition

Calories: 316; Calories from Fat: 74; Total Fat: 8 g; Saturated Fat: 3.8 g; Cholesterol: 58 mg; Sodium: 698 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 35 g; Dietary Fiber: 7.6 g; Sugars: 14 g; Protein: 25 g