To Dacrie From Nona With Love

Dacrie, my goddaughter,  lost 148 pounds in a little less of two years. She has been the inspiration for my husband to get on a diet. I am trying to help him meet his goals. It has been tough to find meals that both of us can eat. I need to keep up my weight, thus we have become the Jack Spat couple. I am glad she asked for the recipe. I used red peppers which had a slightly sweet taste.  Stuffed peppers along with steamed cauliflower with dill weed and a salad, the meal was most enjoyable, This can be made also with very lean ground beef for a healthy meal.

I found this recipe this week which I think many of you will like. I love the ingredients, but need to convert perhaps the crust with potato flour and a maybe a turkey bacon.. I will let you know the outcome, but in the meantime see Tomato pie with bacon and jalapeños peppers for those of us who eat healthy, but not necessarily all the time. We all have guilty little pleasures.

Jack Sprat Could eat no fat,  His wife could eat no lean; And so betwixt them both, They lick’d the platter clean. 

Cajun Stuffed Peppers
  • 2 large red or green bell peppers
  • 1/2 pound ground  turkey
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil, as needed
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 medium size tomatoes, preferably plum, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach leaves
Directions
  • Wash and dry whole peppers. Place on a paper plate or in a microwave dish. Microwave on High until softened for 1 ½  to 2 minutes. Let peppers cool, then cut in half lengthwise. discarding the seeds and membranes.
  • Meanwhile,  brown ground turkey in non stick skillet on medium heat.
  • Add olive oil if necessary and stir onions until translucent , then add garlic for a minute until fragrant. Watch as garlic burns easily
  • Stir in chopped tomatoes. As vegetables begin to lightly  cook, add Cajun Seasoning. I use the Tony Cacheres brand.
  • Don’t over-cook as the mixture will finish cooking in oven.
  • As the mixtures begins to soften, add in spinach and stir until slightly wilted.
  • Stir in cooked brown rice.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning. I don’t add salt as the Cajun Seasoning has salt, and I salted the rice when cooking.

Mound turkey mixture into pepper halves. Arrange pepper halves in a shallow dish, one that has a cover if possible. Add two tablespoons water to bottom of pan, cover with lid or wrap tightly with aluminum foil. Bake 350°F for 30 minutes.

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