Low-Glycemic Stuffed Peppers

Try this recipe for low-glycemic stuffed bell peppers for a filling (and tasty) entree. You need to do a bit of work cleaning out peppers and doctoring tomato sauce, but this dish is well worth the effort.

Low-Glycemic Stuffed Sweet Peppers

Preparation time: 25 minutes

Cooking time: 40 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice

3 small Roma tomatoes, chopped

1 small sweet onion, chopped

2/3 cup canned red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

One 4 1/4-ounce can sliced ripe olives

1/4 cup pine nuts

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

6 large orange or yellow bell peppers, cored and seeded, with bottoms intact

One 8-ounce can tomato sauce

1/4 cup water

1 clove garlic, crushed

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

Nonstick cooking spray

6 tablespoons grated mozzarella cheese

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, mix together the rice, tomatoes, onion, kidney beans, olives, pine nuts, salt, and black pepper.

  2. Place the peppers in a microwavable dish with about 1/2 inch of water in the bottom. Microwave the peppers on high for 6 minutes.

  3. While the peppers are in the microwave, mix together the tomato sauce, water, garlic, oregano, and basil in a small saucepan, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 10 minutes.

  4. Spray a 9-x-13-inch baking pan or casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, mix together the rice mixture and half of the tomato sauce mixture, and blend well. Place the peppers bottom-side down in the sprayed dish, and stuff them to the top with the rice-tomato mixture. Pour the remaining tomato sauce mixture over the peppers. Sprinkle each pepper with 1 tablespoon of mozzarella cheese, cover loosely with aluminum foil, and bake for 25 minutes. Remove the cover, and bake for an additional 5 minutes.

Per serving: Calories 221 (From Fat 63); Glycemic Load 8 (Low); Fat 7g (Saturated 2g); Cholesterol 6mg; Sodium 820mg; Carbohydrate 34g (Dietary Fiber 6g); Protein 9g.

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