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July 22, 2015

Turkey Jambalaya Stuffed Bell Peppers

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Turkey Jambalaya Stuffed Bell Peppers makes a delicious dinner year-round, but especially when you’re looking for a lighter meal. This Cajun twist on a classic entree, which consists of rice, the trinity (of onion, celery and bell pepper) and ground turkey, is baked inside a bell pepper.

Turkey Jambalaya Stuffed Bell Peppers | Take advantage of fresh produce this summer and make Jambalaya Stuffed Bell Peppers, a delicious dinner of rice, the holy trinity (of onion, celery and bell pepper) and ground turkey, baked inside a bell pepper!

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I’m really bad about eating my vegetables.

There, I said it.

It’s not that I dislike veggies… but given the choice, I’d rather eat bread. Or baked goods. Or something sweet, healthy or unhealthy.

That being said, I know I need to eat my vegetables, especially now that I’ve got a babe who I’m currently nursing and who will look to me for food decisions in her future. I want her to love vegetables, and because of this, I’m making a noticeable effort in my daily life to eat more veggies so that when she notices what is on my plate, she’ll realize there’s a nice balance. And that I usually make a happy plate because said plate is properly portioned.

Turkey Jambalaya Stuffed Bell Peppers | Take advantage of fresh produce this summer and make Jambalaya Stuffed Bell Peppers, a delicious dinner of rice, the holy trinity (of onion, celery and bell pepper) and ground turkey, baked inside a bell pepper!

When I lived in the sorority house years ago–could we just stop for one second because I just realized I lived in the house more than TEN years ago?! Because holy cow, y’all, where has the time gone?–we all had a meal plan.

That meal plan included breakfast, lunch and dinner at the house on weekdays.

And once a week, the cooks usually prepared a rendition of stuffed bell peppers.

During that time of my life, I was on the fence about bell peppers and would eat my dinner, rather unimpressed, as I chatted with my sisters around the table. Or if I had a late class or an activity that evening, the meal was consumed in my room with my three roommates after the fact.

I never thought I’d make stuffed bell peppers at my own house because, well, I didn’t really like them.

That, of course, was up until a few weeks ago, when I realized that I could put JAMBALAYA (!!!) into a green bell pepper and call it a complete meal.

One pot wonder, for the win!

Turkey Jambalaya Stuffed Bell Peppers | Take advantage of fresh produce this summer and make Jambalaya Stuffed Bell Peppers, a delicious dinner of rice, the holy trinity (of onion, celery and bell pepper) and ground turkey, baked inside a bell pepper!

These Turkey Jambalaya Stuffed Bell Peppers are the perfect way to combat this whole veggie apathy thing I’ve got going on these days. They’re chock full of the Creole Trinity–onions, green bell pepper and celery–and baked INSIDE a bell pepper.

Yes, this dish involves rice… but it’s brown rice, and there’s not too much of it… and ground turkey, though you could easily sub the turkey for chicken or beef if that’s more your speed. If you’re a vegetarian, omit the meat, and you’re good to go. (After all, there are plenty of veggies, so it’s not like you’re eating a dinner of rice.)

Basically, these Turkey Jambalaya Stuffed Bell Peppers are a full meal INSIDE a giant vegetable, which makes me super happy. They’re also delicious.

Turkey Jambalaya Stuffed Bell Peppers | Take advantage of fresh produce this summer and make Jambalaya Stuffed Bell Peppers, a delicious dinner of rice, the holy trinity (of onion, celery and bell pepper) and ground turkey, baked inside a bell pepper!

Tips and Tricks for the BEST Turkey Jambalaya Stuffed Bell Peppers

  • Make sure to cook the filling in a large skillet or a Dutch oven.
  • We always use leftover rice in this recipe. 🙂 You can cook yours fresh, though, if you don’t have any on hand in the fridge.
  • Chopping is going to take the most time, so make sure that’s all done before you start cooking the ingredients!
  • You could easily stuff red, yellow or orange bell peppers, too. We did green because that’s what we had on hand and what I like best.

Turkey Jambalaya Stuffed Bell Peppers makes a delicious dinner year-round, but especially when you're looking for a lighter meal. This Cajun twist on a classic entree, which consists of rice, the holy trinity (of onion, celery and bell pepper) and ground turkey, is baked inside a bell pepper.

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Interested in making these beauties at home? Scroll down to learn how simple they are!

Turkey Jambalaya Stuffed Bell Peppers
Yield: 4 servings

Turkey Jambalaya Stuffed Bell Peppers

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Turkey Jambalaya Stuffed Bell Peppers makes a delicious dinner year-round, but especially when you're looking for a lighter meal. This Cajun twist on a classic entree, which consists of rice, the trinity (of onion, celery and bell pepper) and ground turkey, is baked inside a bell pepper.

Ingredients

  • 4 bell peppers, cored and cleaned
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 small white onions, diced
  • 4 celery stalks, , diced
  • ½ large green bell pepper, diced
  • 16 oz. ground turkey
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ½ Tony Chachere's Salt Free Creole Seasoning
  • 1 ½ cups brown rice, cooked

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions, celery and diced bell pepper, cooking until soft.
  2. Remove the vegetables from the pan, and add the turkey to the skillet. Season with salt and Tony's, breaking up with a wooden spoon, and cook until the turkey is browned and cooked through.
  3. Add the vegetables back into the pan, and measure in the cooked rice. Stir it into the other ingredients, cooking for a few more minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a large baking dish (or sheet pan) with cooking spray. Set aside.
  5. Season the whole bell peppers, which have been cored and cleaned, with salt and pepper. Set in the prepared baking dish.
  6. Scoop the jambalaya mix into the bell peppers. Repeat until all the bell peppers are full.
  7. Bake uncovered in the oven for 30 minutes.
  8. Enjoy warm!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4 stuffed peppers

Serving Size:

1 stuffed pepper

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 469 Total Fat: 24g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 16g Cholesterol: 120mg Sodium: 1434mg Carbohydrates: 32g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 7g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 32g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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3 Comments

  1. Jenna @ A Savory Feast

    Mmmm! You gotta love an all-in-one meal like this. Perfect for busy nights! I’m not huge on bell peppers but your turkey jambalaya makes it worth a try for sure.

    • Erin

      Thanks, Jenna! You really do have to love the all-in-one meals like this one, especially since most weeknights are crazy busy. I’d be curious to know what you think about this since you’re not the biggest bell pepper fan. I don’t love them by themselves, but they’re fantastic with the turkey jambalaya stuffing.

  2. Julie | Bunsen Burner Bakery

    I love that these aren’t super saucy or cheesy – I feel like stuffed peppers are often much more decadent than they should be. These are so perfectly simple, and healthy! I think the little guy will be a big fan.

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