A healthy dinner recipe bursting with flavor and nutritious ingredients.
Hello my friends! It sure has been a while since I’ve been on the blog, what with work and planning my wedding 😉 But today I finally have some time to share with you a delicious and healthy recipe using good for you ingredients.
Recently I have decided to really start living a healthier and more active life; eating clean, whole foods and exercising. The last couple weeks I’ve been working out 6 days a week. I find that exercising makes me feel good and it’s a great stress reliever for me.
Not only have I decided to exercise and eat better but I have also pledged to myself and to my fiance that I will not be drinking any alcohol until my bachelorette party. Which is about 2 weeks away. This is going to be a real challenge for me but I hope you all will hold me to it. Did you know that just one ounce of tequila has about 64 calories? Ugh, what a sad thought. I know I have definitely gained a few pounds just from tequila alone. So, to make sure I fit into that wedding dress of mine, I’m going to need to lay off the tequila 😉 At least for a little while. And if anyone wants to join me in this challenge, I applaud you! We’re in this together.
Now, with that being said, on to this healthy recipe full of yummy deliciousness.
One of my favorite cuisines in the whole world is Mexican food. I can’t get enough. Give me anything containing the word taco, burrito, or enchilada and I will scarf it down. Now I know many people might not think of Mexican food as healthy. And yes Mexican food can be high in calories. But there are numerous clean eating Mexican recipes that you can make that use clean and wholesome ingredients. One such recipe that I love to make is taco stuffed peppers: full of lean ground beef, taco seasoning (I absolutely love Old El Paso), black beans, brown rice, salsa and of course cheese. We gotta have a little bit of cheese!
This recipe is quite simple to make. What we did first was start cooking the brown rice since that takes the longest (in which case I hope you are using regular brown rice and not the instant kind because the regular brown rice is more nutritional in value). Then while that was cooking we baked the peppers by themselves in the oven so that they got all nice and tender. While they were baking we cooked the meat and black beans.
Once everything was done cooking it was just a matter of mixing everything together and stuffing the peppers with the mixture. Then you bake them for another 15-20 minutes until all that cheesy goodness melts. Yummmm. It’s like a fiesta in your mouth.
What I love about this recipe is not only how tasty and flavorful it is but you get all the nutrients you need to fuel your body: protein from the ground beef and black beans, carbs from the peppers, and fiber from the brown rice which will help you feel fuller faster and longer.
And the best part?
It tastes so amazing you won’t even feel like you’re eating healthy.
What you’ll need:
6 bell peppers (assorted colors, tops and seeds removed)
1 cup of water
1 lb of 85% or 90% lean ground beef
1 packet of Old El Paso Low Salt Taco Seasoning Mix
1 15oz can of black beans (plain or seasoned)
1 cup of uncooked brown rice
1/2 cup of salsa
Cheddar cheese and sour cream for topping (optional)
The fun part:
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Cook brown rice according to package instructions. This usually takes about 45-50 minutes so I recommend doing this first.
- Cut off the tops of the peppers and remove the seeds.
- Pour the 1 cup of water to cover the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch baking sheet and arrange the peppers. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for about 10 minutes.
- While peppers are baking, cook black beans in a medium sized pot according to directions. In a large skillet cook the ground beef until brown. Drain.
- Make the taco seasoning in the same skillet used for the beef according to packet instructions. Return beef to skillet and mix with the taco seasoning.
- Add the black beans, rice, and salsa to the beef mixture.
- Stuff the peppers with the mixture and top with cheese.
- Bake them for another 15-20 minutes until cheese is melted.
- Top with more cheese, salsa and sour cream if desired.