Magnificent Mediterranean Spotlight Peppers
"I love to create healthy recipes because I feel great when I eat healthy. Couscous is my favorite side, and it's very tasty,” says Adrianna. “I decided to use couscous in my yummy stuffed peppers that are filled with my favorite veggies. I would serve fresh fruit salad as dessert!" - Adrianna Nelson, age 9, West Virginia
Makes 4 servings
- 4 assorted colors of bell peppers—red, green, yellow, and orange—halved and seeds removed
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 cup chopped shallots
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 pound ground turkey
- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon Mediterranean herb seasoning
- ¼ teaspoon crushed rosemary
- ¼ teaspoon Mediterranean oregano leaves
- 1¾ cups vegetable broth
- 1⅓ cups couscous
- ⅔ cup fresh Roma tomatoes, diced
- ½ cup roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
- ¾ cup fresh parsley, chopped
- ½ teaspoon coarse sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- ½ cup low-fat shredded mozzarella cheese
- Preheat oven to 450°F. On a large baking pan, place pepper halves, cut side down, and cook in oven for 15 minutes or until peppers are tender when pierced.
- Meanwhile, in a large skillet over moderate heat, warm the oil. Add the shallots and garlic, and cook for 3 minutes. Add the ground turkey and cook for 7 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, herb seasoning, rosemary, and oregano and cook for 3 minutes. Add vegetable broth, couscous, and remaining 2 tablespoons lemon juice and bring to a boil, cover, and remove from heat. Let stand until couscous is tender, about 8 minutes. Add tomatoes, roasted red peppers, and parsley. Season with salt and black pepper.
- Turn the pepper halves over and fill each with turkey mixture. Top with shredded cheese and bake until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. Transfer peppers to serving platter.
476 calories; 17g fat; 42g carbohydrates; 35g protein
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