[Updated May 9, 2015] This is an updated version of the stuffed peppers paleo recipe I first posted over 2 years ago, complete with a new photo that looks a whole lot tastier.
I’ve made a few tweaks to the original recipe I think make it even better. Also in this new version, you can either add cauliflower rice or parboiled white rice to the stuffing mixture. Please note that if you’re following the Whole30 program, only the cauliflower rice is acceptable. Otherwise, you might enjoy the more traditional parboiled rice with this recipe — and there’s more information about white rice and the paleo diet at the bottom of the post.
Stuffed peppers – most of us have made them, eaten them, and maybe haven’t liked them so much.
I’ve never been that crazy about them myself…until I recently changed up my dear old mom’s recipe from 30 years ago and turned it into an easy and delicious paleo meal.
First off, she used plain old hamburger meat. Personally, I prefer ground turkey (or good grass-fed ground beef) mixed with a little pork sausage for extra flavor and a spicier kick.
And another thing, mom always served us green stuffed peppers – again not my favorite for this recipe. Red, orange and yellow bell peppers are way better for this dish I think because they’re a little sweeter than the green ones. And besides, the vibrant colors make this dish all that more appetizing to me. And it gets even more colorful when you chop up the tops of the peppers and add them to the stuffing mix…beautiful stuff (haha, get it?)
And while your munching on this delicious and nutritious meal, keep in mind you’re getting a healthy dose of vitamins C & A, along with lots of antioxidants in every colorful bite.
Trust me on this one…this is an easy paleo recipe that rocks!
As you probably know, rice is one of those foods you should typically avoid on the paleo diet because it’s a grain. I very rarely have it myself, but made an exception for it in this recipe because I think stuffed peppers need a little rice (there’s a cup total in this recipe) to really taste awesome. Besides, I tolerate rice very well. You can just as easily make a cauliflower rice instead (here’s my recipe:cauli rice) that’s 100% paleo or just leave it out altogether. And one more thing…you might be surprised to learn that according to a number of paleo authorities who’ve done the research, parboiled white rice (cooked and cooled) can be beneficial to your gut bacteria because it includes resistant starch. I won’t go into a detailed explanation here, but if you want to find out more there’s a really good article about resistant starches posted on Chris Kresser’s site: “How Resistant Starch Will Help to Make You Healthier and Thinner.” Check it out – you might find the info helpful in planning your own paleo diet.