This High-Protein Dinner Is Perfect for Weeknights
I'm always excited about any weeknight meal that's 1) really healthy, 2) insanely delicious, 3) filling, and 4) fancier-looking than it is to make. What more could you want? Which is why I'm sharing my favorite dinner recipe that's all of those things and more. Keep scrolling to see what it is. I promise your weeks will never be the same!
The meal in question? Stuffed green pepper with white bean and ground turkey.
It's a high-protein, low-fat dinner that looks, feels, and tastes fancier than it is to make. It's an excellent summer dinner and makes super-easy leftovers for next-day office lunch. Here's how to make it:
• 2 tsp. olive oil
• 1 chopped yellow onion
• 5 to 10 cloves of garlic, depending on how garlicky you like things
• 1/2 cup chopped parsley
• 4 green peppers
• 1 pound ground turkey
• 1 tsp. cumin
• 1 cup water
• 1 can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
• Grated cheese of your choice for topping
• Salt, cayenne, and red pepper flakes to taste
• Preheat oven to 415°F.
• While oven is preheating, heat the oil in a large skillet on stovetop; add onion, garlic, and parsley; and sauté until they soften.
• Add ground turkey, and as you're adding it, smoosh with wooden spoon or spatula to break it up.
• Once broken up, add the 1 cup of water and bring it to a boil.
•Once boiling, reduce to a simmer and add the cumin and whatever additional seasoning you like to taste (salt, cayenne, and red pepper flakes), and stir all together.
• Simmer the whole mixture about 10 minutes, until the turkey is cooked through.
• After turkey is cooked and the liquid evaporates, stir in the cannellini beans, let them simmer with turkey for a few minutes, and then turn off the heat.
• Cut the tops off all 4 bell peppers and remove the seeds.
• Add all 4 peppers to a baking dish or whatever pan you have that will fit the peppers so they're standing upright.
• Fill each pepper with the turkey-bean mixture until full.
• Sprinkle cheese on top.
• Put them in the oven that's been preheated for about 30 minutes (check around 20; cooking time will depend on your oven and the size of the peppers).
• They're done once the peppers have been softened and can be cut with a fork. Let them sit for a couple of minutes after removing from the oven.
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