unstuffed peppers
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Unstuffed Pepper Bowls

unstuffed peppers

Unstuffed Pepper Bowls

This lunch meal prep is a quick take on traditional stuffed peppers.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course lunch
Cuisine Italian
Servings 5
Calories 578 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked rice of choice + water
  • 1 pound 85% lean ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon each fine sea salt & fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 green bell peppers finely diced
  • 1 red bell pepper finely diced
  • 1/2 medium onion finely diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes, extra liquid drained
  • 3 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup shredded pepper jack cheese


  • Prepare your preferred rice according to package directions in water or broth
  • Place a large deep non-stick skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat. When hot, add ground beef, salt and pepper. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to break the meat into small pieces as it cooks. Cook the meat for about 4-5 minutes or until just barely cooked through, stirring occasionally.
  • While the meat continues to cook, add the peppers and onions to the same pan and cook until beginning to soften, about 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add the garlic, and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, along with salt & pepper to season. Reduce heat to low and cook for 3-4 minutes, letting it simmer and bubble, stirring occasionally.
  • Add additional salt & pepper to taste.
  • If serving immediately, add cheese and cover for 90 seconds to melt. For meal prep, add about 1/2 cup or so cooked rice to each of four or five meal prep containers. Portion the unstuffed pepper mixture into each meal prep container and add a heavy sprinkle of cheese. Store for up to four days in the refrigerator, or up to 3 months in the freezer.


Protein – 45g
Carbs – 36g
Fat – 28g
Keyword beef, meal prep, rice, vegetables

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