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Mexican Pepper Bowls

Mexican Pepper Bowls

 This is one of my favorite week night meals. I love this meal for a couple of reasons:

  1. It requires very few ingredients.
  2. It’s very easy to make.
  3. It’s a great meal for a weeknight because it only takes about 15 minutes from start to finish to make!
  4. It’s very low calorie (but filling at the same time).

 Here is what you’ll need (for 2 servings):
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Pictured here is:

  • 6 oz. of ground turkey breast
  • 1 green pepper
  • Frozen mashed potatoes (16 frozen circles; each person gets 8)
  • 1.5 tbsp. of taco seasoning

 First, cut the green pepper in half.
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Next, boil the green pepper (until it is tender).
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While the pepper is boiling, cook the turkey and sprinkle with taco seasoning.
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Cook the mashed potatoes in the microwave (total cooking time was 5 minutes).
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Assemble the bowls (sprinkle with chives or cheese) Also, per my husband’s recommendation, if you want more of a spicy “kick” add some crushed red pepper. Enjoy!
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This delicious meal only has 254 calories!

Nutrition Tip: A lot of people ask if ground turkey is better for you than ground beef. The answer here is kind of tricky. Ground turkey can be a healthier option if it’s labeled “ground turkey breast“. Ground turkey labeled “ground turkey” can contain leg meat, breast meat, and skin (which contributes to more calories and fat) . Because of this, ground turkey could have just as many calories and fat grams as ground beef.  Just make sure you read labels carefully. If you’d like to read more about this topic, a good explanation can be found here “Is Ground Turkey Better Than Ground Beef”

What is your favorite week night meal?

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2 Comments

  1. Well I can’t call mine a mexican stuffed pepper, but it was good. Didn’t realize we had no taco seasoning, so I just added garlic, onion powder, spicey seasoning. Instead oof boiling I placed in oven whne turkey and potatoes were done and for about 10-15 min then add a little cheese to each and melted under broiler. Per the analyzer it was about 440 calories and was rated “B”

    • admin

      January 25, 2011 at 6:57 pm

      I’m glad you liked it Amanda. Your choice of spices and cooking it under the broiler sound like a great modification!

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