Monday, August 28, 2006

Picadillo-Stuffed Peppers

Sumptuous Slow Cooker Meals
Healthy, no-fuss recipe to simply set and forget.

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Yellow and orange bell peppers deliver a healthy dose of vitamin C, beta-carotene, and folic acid.

Picadillo-Stuffed Peppers

1 jar (26 oz) marinara sauce
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp ground cumin
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
4 ½ lg bell peppers (preferably yellow and orange)
8 oz ground beef (93 percent lean)
½ c converted rice
1/3 c finely chopped onion
¼ c raisins
Chopped parsley (garnish)

1. In medium bowl, stir sauce, vinegar, cumin, and cinnamon. Pour 1 1/3 cups of sauce mixture into 4-quart or larger slow cooker.
2. Finely chop the half bell pepper. Slice off top ½" of remaining peppers. Seed peppers and reserve tops.
3. In large bowl, using your hands, combine beef, uncooked rice, onion, raisins, chopped pepper, and remaining sauce mixture. Spoon resulting mixture into peppers and replace tops. Place into slow cooker.
4. Cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours or until peppers are tender and filling is cooked through. Serve topped with sauce from pot. Garnish with parsley, if desired.Makes 4 Servings

Per Serving: 360 cal, 18 g pro, 51 g carb, 10 g fat, 2.5 g sat fat, 20 mg chol, 7 g fiber, 810 mg sodium

Prep Time: 15 minutesCooking Time: 6-8 hours

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