Stuffed Zucchini and Red Bell Peppers

TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 5 min
Prep: 20 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 45 min
 
YIELD: 6 servings
LEVEL: Easy

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Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Lightly drizzle the olive oil into a 13 by 9 by 2-inch baking dish. Whisk the onion, parsley, egg, ketchup, garlic, salt, and pepper in a large bowl to blend. Stir in the cheese and bread crumbs. Mix in the turkey. Cover and refrigerate the turkey mixture.

Using a melon baller or spoon, carefully scrape out the seeds and inner flesh from the zucchini, leaving 1/8-inch-thick shells. Be careful not to pierce through the skin. Fill the zucchini and pepper halves with the turkey mixture, dividing equally and mounding slightly. Arrange the stuffed vegetables in the baking dish. Pour the marinara sauce over the stuffed vegetables.

Bake uncovered until the vegetables are tender and beginning to brown and a thermometer inserted into the filling registers 165 degrees F, about 45 minutes. Transfer the stuffed vegetables to a platter and serve.

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  • on April 30, 2014

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    Like the other reviewer here, I think the protein mixture would make an excellent meatloaf, mini meatloaves, or meatballs. That being said, this mixture is WONDERFUL in the veg called for. At first we we were enamored with the zuc and red peppers. But as leftovers, the green bell pepper (we had to substitute, as this is what we had on hand at the time) sent this over the top. And I do NOT care for green bell peppers whatsoever. So ... that is saying a LOT. The husband at first wasn't thrilled to learn the protein was ground turkey, but he ended up confessing he really, really liked this recipe. Oh, and ways to reduce the carbs in this one: use two eggs instead of one, add more pec/rom cheese, and pull back on the ketchup (2 instead of 3) and breadcrumbs (1/8 cup vs.1/4 cup) as binders. Also, we didn't need the marinara sauce. Again, the protein mixture is good on its own.

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  • on February 05, 2014

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    My husband does not like bell peppers, so I used the meat part of this recipe as a meatloaf. Great flavour. Going to try it next with bison.

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