Foodie Friday: Clean Eating Stuffed Bell Peppers (But They Are Un-Stuffed!)

I’m a huge fan of un-stuffing stuffed recipes. One of our favorite un-stuffed recipes (coming soon!) is for Un-Stuffed Pork Chops. I’ve also shared a recipe for Bacon, Spinach, & Feta (Un) Stuffed Chicken that I’m now craving. But alas, Jason and I are both trying to eat more healthy and so I’ve been trying many new clean eating recipes. I found this Clean Eating Stuffed Bell Peppers recipe that I thought sounded yummy.

The problem with stuffed peppers is that you end up cutting it all up anyways. I’m all about quick and easy, so I made the clean eating stuffed bell peppers with chopped up bell peppers. It’s now more of a casserole, and is actually very similar to my Ground Beef and Bean Casserole.

If you are looking for a quick and healthy dinner recipe, check out this recipe for clean eating stuffed bell peppers...but they are unstuffed and ready to eat after baking!

This easy to make, delicious, and satisfying clean eating recipe is now a go-to recipe at our house. I love that you can add any veggies to it if you want to change it up. We are thinking fire roasted corn would be yummy, and maybe a jalapeño or two.

Clean Eating Stuffed Bell Peppers (But They Are Un-Stuffed!)

Clean Eating (Un)Stuffed Bell Peppers
  • 3 large red or green bell peppers
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes (optional if you'd like more heat)
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce OR 12 oz. jar of your favorite clean salsa
  • 3 tablespoons freshly grated cheddar cheese (any cheese will work)
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish
  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Cut the tops off of the bell peppers and remove the seeds. Chop the bell peppers into 1-inch pieces.
  3. In a large skillet, sauté the onions and peppers with the coconut oil until softened, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the turkey and cook until just browned.
  5. Add the spices and corn and mix well.
  6. In a 13X9 casserole dish, pour the tomato sauce or salsa into the bottom of the dish.
  7. Add the bell pepper and turkey mixture to the dish. Sprinkle the cheese over the top.
  8. Bake uncovered for approximately 30 minutes.
  9. Sprinkle with fresh, chopped cilantro and serve.

Don’t these clean eating stuffed bell peppers that are really un-stuffed sound good? They are really good, and good for you!

If you are looking for a quick and healthy dinner recipe, check out this recipe for clean eating stuffed bell peppers...but they are unstuffed and ready to eat after baking!

Now here’s the deal, I LOVE cheese. It’s the one thing I can’t do without. Jason on the other hand could live the rest of his life without ever eating cheese again. He asked me to make the recipe without cheese. Crazy! So I only sprinkled cheese on half of the casserole. You can see what it looks like in the picture below.

If you are looking for a quick and healthy dinner recipe, check out this recipe for clean eating stuffed bell peppers...but they are unstuffed and ready to eat after baking!

If you are looking for more healthy recipes, check out my Healthy Eats & Drinks board on Pinterest. I also have some exercise tips and motivation on my Getting My Sexy Back board on Pinterest.

And if you are already eating healthy and have your sexy, or just looking for a super delicious casserole full of calories, I’ve got tons of casserole recipes here and on my board Casseroles on Pinterest.

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Celebrating Second Chances

Two years ago today, my brother lost his best friend Mike to a drug overdose. I wrote about his death, and the positive side of death, the day before his funeral to try to provide some comfort to his girlfriend and family.

Two years went by very quickly.

And today as we are remembering and celebrating Mike’s life, my brother is remembering and missing Mike like he would his own brother. He is doing it from a drug rehab facility in San Diego. He has been clean for almost 4 months now, and we are all very proud of him and providing as much support as we can. Mike’s family is too.

If you have never been around an addict, or seen an addict deep into their addiction, let me tell you that it is not easy. It is so hard to watch someone you love hurt themselves over and over again. To throw away everything and not care about anything other than drugs. They lie, cheat, steal, and manipulate. They make promises that they cannot or will not keep. They swear up and down that they do not have a problem. And you just want to bang your head against a wall because they won’t listen, no matter how much you beg and plead. No matter how much you threaten.

The day that my brother hit bottom we thought he was going to die. He hadn’t slept or eaten in days and was talking about crazy things. He thought everybody was out to get him. He thought he was having a heart attack. He was out of control. He was so dehydrated that the hospital couldn’t even get a urine sample to do a drug test to find out what he was on. It was terrifying.

And yet, he didn’t go straight to rehab. He refused. We all knew he needed help, but he is a grown man and we couldn’t force him to go. He was good for a few days, and then went straight back into his personal hell.

Turning away someone that you know isn’t well is one of the hardest things to do. And towards the end of my brother’s downward spiral that is what we all had to do. It’s scary to know once he leaves the safety and security of his family that we didn’t know where he was or what he was doing. You worry about who they are with and what they are doing. We were in a constant state of fear and every time the phone rang, I said a prayer that it wasn’t the phone call telling me he was gone forever. We actually hoped that he would get arrested for something so that at least we would know where he was and that he wasn’t doing drugs.

Addiction affects everybody around the addict. Addiction is a life sucking asshole.

The day my brother finally agreed to go to rehab, it was like a huge weight had been lifted off of our family’s shoulders. It wasn’t easy for him. We were told that he’d be very excited and happy the first few weeks of rehab (after drying out) because being clean after being on drugs for so long is almost like a high in itself. We were also told that at the 2 month mark it would be very hard, and that that’s when many addicts want to leave rehab. That’s what happened, too. But my brother stayed and fought through it. And now at 4 months, though he can’t wait to come home, he says he has never been happier or felt better in his life. He has a new focus on life and new priorities. We are proud of him and hope that he keeps his strength and determination.

So while today we are grieving for Mike, we are also celebrating my brother’s second chance.

I wrote this poem for my brother back in 2008. I never gave it to him, even though I wanted to. So I sent it to him a few days after he went into rehab. I don’t ever write poems, and I have not written one since. But the words swirled around in my head and wouldn’t go away. I hope they mean something to him because they meant a lot to me.

There is light within your darkness
there is hope within your fear
You can break free from the ties that bind
and the devils that stay near

You can destroy your self made hell 
you can leave your self made prison
You can decide which way to steer
the direction that will help your mind clear
It won’t be easy or pain-free 
but you can’t afford to just let it be

There is a catch, a price to pay -
you must let go of your self hate 

You need to find out from where it comes 
why it’s here and why it leers 
into your life 
into your heart 
How it’s gotten so damn smart

It figured out how to make you tick
it figured out how to keep you sick

Because you are no longer you alone
you now have a legacy
Part of you is your beautiful boys  and
as they grow they’ll sense and feel your misery

I will not finish these words I write
because this is not an end
Your journey is far from over
the decisions lie in your hands

Here’s to second chances!