stoplight stuffed peppers.

i have never participated in a BSI (blogger secret ingredient) challenge before, but i have always wanted to. with the boyfriend out of town this weekend, i found myself with a little spare time so i decided to whip something up! the secret ingredient this week was bell peppers and the host of the challenge is jenn over at bread + butter!

this is a recipe i have evolved into my own from various meatloaf and stuffed pepper recipes i have made throughout the years.  hope you try it and hope you like it!

stoplight stuffed peppers


  • 2 green bell peppers
  • 2 yellow bell peppers
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 1.25 lb ground turkey (or beef or bison or chicken, whichever you prefer)
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup ground flax
  • 1 cup of your favorite salsa
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 8 oz crimini mushrooms, diced
  • 1 package knorr vegetable dip mix
  • 4 large egg whites
  • one 8 oz can of no salt added tomato sauce
  • lots of fresh ground pepper
  • lots of thyme


1. throw your ingredients in a bowl, the order does not matter.. but this is how i did mine:

ground turkey.

veggie mix.


egg whites.

ground pepper.




(then i mixed it up)

tomato sauce.


(mixed some more)


(mix again)

2. cut tops off of bell peppers and clean out the insides. (yes i know they are called membranes but i hate that word for some reason.)

3. fill peppers with mixture all the way to the top edge

4. place peppers on baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees [f] for one hour, give or take.  you can also cook any excess filling in a loaf pan or fill more peppers.

5. the peppers will be done when the tops start to get a dark brown color.

6. douse in frank’s red hot & annie’s ketchup and devour!!


nutrition statistics per pepper (before hot sauce or ketchup or other condiments): 283 calories, 32 grams protein, 30.6 grams carbohydrates, 4.3 grams fat, 630 mg sodium, 9 grams fiber, 9 grams sugar; which is a ratio of 44% protein, 42% carbohydrates, 14% fat.

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Bread + Butter June 7, 2009 at 10:05 pm

Made it just in time. =) Looks awesome. Thanks for submitting.


Danica June 8, 2009 at 11:16 am

They look and sound awesome. I LOVE the “stoplight” theme too!


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