While they’re not low-carb, traditional stuffed peppers are a relatively low-calorie main dish at 332 calories per serving, and those 332 calories are packed with nutrition.
A large sweet green pepper by itself provides more than double the DV of vitamin C, and also gives you a healthy dose of vitamins A, K, and B6. When you add in the rest of the ingredients, you’ll be getting nearly half your daily ration of vitamins B6 and B12, plus one-quarter to one-third of what you need in potassium, phosphorus, riboflavin, niacin, and folic acid. But best of all, this is a super-simple dinner that tastes great.
- 4 large sweet green peppers
- 1 pound lean hamburger
- 1 medium onion
- ⅓ C rolled oat (NOT quick oats)
- 1 C tomato sauce
- 2 eggs
- ½ t salt
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
Preheat oven to 400°. Cut the tops from the peppers and remove the seeds; keep the tops for “lids.”
Peel and chop the onion. In a mixing bowl, combine the hamburger, eggs, onion, oats, salt, garlic, and 2/3 C of the tomato sauce. Use your hands to mix thoroughly, then stuff each pepper with ¼ of the mixture (It’s ok if the peppers are overfilled.) Place the peppers, standing upright, in the baking dish and replace the tops.
Bake for approximately 45 minutes, until peppers are soft and wilted and hamburger mixture has shrunk away from the sides. Midway through cooking, remove the “lids” and top with ¼ of the remaining tomato sauce. Serve hot.
If you’re not counting calories, this pairs well with Fresh Green Beans with Creamy Mushroom Sauce (350 calories per seving.) If you’re keeping it light, try a Spinach-Apple Salad . And if you’re looking for all the cheesy tastiness of traditional mac-and-cheese without the carbs and calories, pair it up with our Low-Carb Mock Mac & Cheese.