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So I bought a spiffy new Ninja blender/ food processor the other day and was itching to try it out. The first thing I decided to try was making some cauliflower rice because I've wanted to try it for a while now. Well, it came out awesome, and now there are so many recipe options that I'm excited to try with this excellent rice substitute!
First up, one of my favorite foods, baked stuffed peppers. I really had trouble finding a recipe online that matched how I like stuffed peppers to taste, not to mention that a lot of them call for tomato sauce, which has extra sugar in it.
So instead, I decided to make my own recipe up as I went and I have to say it came out pretty well! For starters, I have red peppers in the picture, but you can use any color pepper. I also used grass fed ground beef, which I think is a lot more flavorful.
The cauliflower rice was super easy to make, it just took about 6 pulses in the food processor to get the right consistency. Some recipes call for cooking the cauliflower after it's been processed, but I left it raw for this recipe to allow it to cook inside the stuffed peppers.
Instead of using a tomato sauce, I threw my own together in the food processor, and it came out as kind of a chunky tomato sauce, almost salsa-like in consistency.
The stuffing for the peppers was made from ground beef (browned with garlic and onion), the cauliflower rice, the tomato "sauce" and some grated Parmesan cheese.
I decided to slice the peppers in half to stuff them rather than stuffing the whole pepper and trying to get it to stand up while baking. The peppers were stuffed until a bit overflowing, and I pressed it all in with the back of a spoon. Next, I added the mozzarella cheese on top and baked it for just under an hour. After about 30 minutes or so, the cheese had started to brown, so I placed some foil over the dish for the remaining cooking time. All-in-all, I really liked how these came out, although next time I might try doing a ground beef/ sausage combination to add some extra flavor. Check out the recipe below, and let me know if you try it! Enjoy!
What you'll need:
1 lb. ground beef
4 small tomatoes (halved)
1 1/2 cups riced cauliflower (uncooked)
2 tbsp. garlic, chopped
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1 tbsp. fresh basil, chopped
1 tbsp. fresh oregano, chopped
1 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
2 tsp. sea salt
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
4 peppers, halved lengthwise
Prep time: 30 minutes
Total time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Serving size: 2 pepper halves
Nutrition info.: per slice: 21.9 g of fat (11.9 g saturated fat), 483 calories, 15.1 g of carbohydrates, 56.5 g of protein, 3.7 g of fiber
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Brown the ground beef with the garlic and onions and set aside.
- In a food processor, pulse chop the tomatoes for a couple of pulses. Add the basil, oregano, parsley and sea salt to the tomatoes and continue to pulse until you have a chunky "sauce".
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the browned meat and the tomato sauce. Add in the cauliflower rice and Parmesan cheese, and mix.
- Spray a baking dish with cooking spray and place the halved peppers in the dish.
- Fill the peppers with the hamburg mixture and pack with back of spoon. Add about 1/4 cup of shredded mozzarella to the top of each pepper and spread over the stop/ press in slightly.
- Bake for 50 minutes.