Bison and Brown Rice Stuffed Peppers
My favorite classic stuffed peppers made healthier with lean bison and brown rice. Great for dinner, even better as leftovers for lunch!
So last week I was majorly on the ball and had a meal plan that included this recipe for Bison and Brown Rice Stuffed Peppers. This week, not so much on the ball. But for good reasons!! My baby boy got pretty sick (tonsilitis!) over the holiday weekend so I have been in survival mode most of this week. Thankfully he’s on the mend so things are starting to feel slightly more normal today and I am playing catch up with all things life.
Here’s a snapshot of last week’s meal plan:
I have to tell you, having a meal plan and writing it out where everyone can see is life changing. My kids are constantly asking me “what’s for dinner?” and not really listening to or remembering what I tell them. With it displayed in plain sight on our “communication station” wall all I have to do is point and smile. 🙂
Monday night we were at school for teacher night so I made the kids a quick dinner of tortellini with sauce (good jarred stuff) and broccoli. I honestly can’t remember what my husband and I ended up eating that night so let’s move on to Tuesday…I grilled some frozen turkey burgers I get from Costco, roasted some sweet potatoes and threw together my favorite store bought kale salad kit. This is becoming a good go-to dinner for us on busy nights.
I also tried a new recipe last week (something I am trying to do every week to keep things interesting). I saw this recipe for Healthy Crock Pot Butter Chicken on ifoodreal.com a few months ago and I have been obsessing about it ever since. My entire family loved this recipe and I will definitely make it again. If you haven’t visited ifoodreal before you are missing out on some seriously delicious looking healthy recipes – and gorgeous photography too (one of my favorite healthy food blogs for inspiration!).
This recipe for stuffed peppers makes a big batch which is great for freezing or having for leftovers for lunch throughout the week. I shared half with my husband’s parents who actually requested I make them and I’m so glad they did. It had been a while since I had made stuffed peppers. They are a bit time consuming as far as prep goes as well as cook time but so worth it in my opinion. I prepped and cooked them early in the day then reheated them at dinner time. These would be perfect to make on a Sunday to give you a head start on one of your dinners for the week.
Hope everyone is having a great week!
Bison and Brown Rice Stuffed Peppers
Yield: 6-8 servings
- 2 cups cooked brown rice
- 2 teaspoons oil
- 1.25 ground bison or lean ground beef
- 1 large sweet onion, chopped
- 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- big pinch coarse salt and fresh ground pepper
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 12 small to medium bell peppers (keep same size for even cooking)
- 28 oz can tomato sauce (plus about 1/3 cup of water added to can to add to casserole dishes after)
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese, for topping
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
- Cut the tops off of your bell peppers and chop any remaining pieces. Set aside to add to the beef mixture. Spray 2 casserole dishes with non stick spray (or grease with a little oil). Place your bell peppers into your casserole dishes.
- In a large skillet, heat oil. Add onion, garlic and chopped peppers and season with salt and pepper. Add ground bison or beef and brown until completely cooked through. Season with dried oregano, salt and pepper and adjust to your taste.
- In a large bowl combine rice, cooked bison or beef mixture and Parmesan cheese. Spoon mixture evenly into peppers. Top peppers evenly with tomato sauce. Rinse remaining tomato sauce in can with about 1/3 cup of water and distribute to bottom of casserole dishes. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and place in oven.
- Bake for 1 hour. Take off foil, top each pepper with a bit of mozzarella cheese and cook for 5-10 more minutes until cheese is completely melted.
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Cheers to meal planning! Love that snapshot. 🙂
And these stuffed peppers sound amazing! I’ve never cooked with bison before (I know, still), but these sound mighty tempting!
My husband LOVES stuffed peppers, I’m a fan of bison (though I always forget about it!), and my 2yo would eat nothing but rice if I’d let her! This meal covers the whole family!
Me, an inspiration?! Wow, thank you! I’m flattered to hear that from such n experience blogger like you, Aggie! Glad everyone enjoyed the chicken!
That board would be life changing for me too. I hate the question “What’s for dinner?”. It drives me nuts! I should try to meal plan my week…I really should LOL.
Hope your boy feels better! You peppers look amazing. I have some on my list next week. I want to make them with cauliflower rice. I agree they take time, therefore big batch is a must. But they are worth it – I love stuffed peppers!
This looks over the top amazing! Totally my kind of dinner!
I always had our nightly menu on display on a chalkboard that is held by my longtime kitchen pal, Chef Pig. When the boys said “What’s for dinner, Mom?” I said “Ask the pig”. 🙂 I noticed Costco started carrying the ground bison a while back. It’s delicious and lean and a great alternative to beef. Love stuffed peppers! I hope the little one is feeling better.
I love bison!!! In fact, I used ground bison the last time I stuffed peppers and will be making them again soon. Peppers are in season right now so I’ve been buying them by the bushel. Sorry little man was sick but so glad he’s on the mend!! Jacob has had a runny nose since he was born…it’s almost a joke now. 🙂 xoxo
LOVE the meal plan.LOL And the peppers look and sound delightful. Love stuffed peppers this time of year!
Made this and loved it!
Thank you, glad you enjoyed it!