Tuesday, August 27, 2013

RECIPE: Stuffed Peppers

The other day, I got a great deal on some amazing looking orange peppers at (of all places) the dollar store.  In So Cal at least, the 99 cents only stores carry a decent selection of local produce.  These peppers, which are usually $0.70+ each at the regular grocery store were being sold in packs of 3 or 4 for a buck.  They looked perfect for stuffing.  Using this stuffed bell pepper recipe as inspiration, we set about making our own last night.

Our substitutions - green peppers were switched for orange, the turkey was switched for lean ground beef, we added corn and some shredded carrot.  We also threw in a jalapeno and some extra seasoning (cumin and chili powder).  We ended up with extra filling because the peppers weren't huge.  I "created" the recipe in My Fitness Pal to see how much difference it made.

Original CALORIES: 296.2  |  FAT: 8.6g  |  PROTEIN: 24.4g  |  CARBS: 30.9g  |  FIBER: 4.2g
Amended CALORIES: 432  |  FAT: 19.0g  |  PROTEIN: 37.0g  |  CARBS: 32.0g  |  FIBER: ?

Calculating the recipe using Weight Watchers Points+ system, the original recipe was 7pts, but ended up at 8pts with our amendments.  Still not bad, and it was definitely filling enough for both me and my husband, which meant neither of us got up for a second helping.  Those leftovers will be coming with me for lunch.

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