To Top

Jen Fit Recipes: Baked Stuffed Peppers

ironmanmagazine.comI have to admit, I got the idea for this recipe from one of my male bodybuilding friends. He posted a picture of a bell pepper stuffed with cooked ground beef and stated that he could have it every day during contest prep because he loved it so much. It’s an incredibly easy snack you can make ahead of time and reheat later. Double the serving, and have it for lunch. Either way, stuffed bell peppers are simple to create, nutritious and offer a great protein-to-carb ratio.




1 large yellow bell pepper

1 large green bell pepper

1/2 pound 99/1 lean ground turkey

1 cup cooked brown rice

1/4 cup sliced white onion

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/4 teaspoon minced garlic

1 tablespoon fresh chopped basil

1/2 cup organic spaghetti sauce

4 tablespoons shredded reduced-fat mozzarella

Preheat the oven to 350.

Slice each pepper in half and core. Remove the seeds. Place the peppers in a shallow pan, cut side up.

Spray with cooking spray. Add the ground turkey, and cook until browned, breaking it up as you go. Add the onion and garlic, and cook until they’re transparent.

Add 1/4 cup of spaghetti sauce to the pan along with the chili seasoning and chopped fresh basil. Reduce the heat to low, and let it simmer while you cook the rice.

Cook the rice per the instructions on the package.

Place 1/2 cup of meat mixture in each half pepper. Top with 1/4 cup of cooked brown rice, 1 tablespoon of the remaining spaghetti sauce and 1 tablespoon shredded cheese.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted and starting to brown.

Makes four snacks or two meals. Each half pepper contains: calories, 164; fat, 2.53 grams; carbohydrates, 18.27 grams; protein, 17.72 grams; dietary fiber, 2.55 grams

—Jenny Grothe


Editor’s note: Jenny Grothe is a trainer, nutritionist, motivator, speaker and author who enjoys playing in the kitchen. Having lost 60 pounds, going from a size 14 to a size 4, she knows firsthand the importance of regular training and a clean diet in maintaining a healthful lifestyle. Since losing the weight five years ago, she has competed in seven figure competitions, placing in five, and has run three marathons, including the Boston Marathon in 2011. To contact Jenny and learn more about her services, go to

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

More in Diet & Recipes

  • The Simple Low-Fat Pre-Workout Shake

    You want gains and you want energy. This shake will give you all that and less fat than most people’s morning...

    Sharon OrtigasSeptember 14, 2017
  • The New Rules for Macros

    Change your thinking about carbs for greater performance in and out of the gym. By Michael Schletter, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT*D   Every...

    Sharon OrtigasSeptember 12, 2017
  • Dragon Juice

    Sweet and slightly tangy, this smoothie is low in carbs but loaded with flavor. By Amanda Burrill, MS   Meal preppers,...

    Sharon OrtigasAugust 20, 2017
  • Micronutrient Madness

    A smoothie flavor standby is kicked into overdrive with a surprise ingredient. By Amanda Burrill, MS   Are you downing the...

    Sharon OrtigasJuly 11, 2017
  • Berry Chocolate Protein Booster

    If you train with your partner, this is the best post-workout pre-bedroom shake. By Amanda Burrill, MS   February is famous...

    Sharon OrtigasJune 19, 2017
  • Green Light

    This herbaceous detox smoothie might look like mutant phlegm, but it tastes like heaven. By Amanda Burrill, MS   I bet...

    Sharon OrtigasMay 23, 2017
  • Candy Cane Protein Smoothie

    ’Tis the season… to train hard and feed your muscles. By Amanda Burrill, MS   Holiday season checklist of things not...

    Sharon OrtigasApril 12, 2017
  • Fueling The Hybrid Athlete

    Eating for optimal performance is easier than it sounds. By Eddie Avakoff, owner of Metroflex LBC   First and foremost, this...

    Sharon OrtigasFebruary 27, 2017
  • Fall Guy

    By Amanda Burrill, MS   The holidays are approaching and out to try and derail your diet, but there are ways...

    Sharon OrtigasFebruary 10, 2017