Apples. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. This fruit is a must since it can be used with any dish! Typically since apples are used for sweet dishes I thought I would use it with something savory. I love the mix of sweet and savory. I’m obsessed. Bonus part is that apples are loaded with nutrients; an apple contains fiber, vitamin-c, polyphenols (antioxidant components), and is suitable for those with diabetes due to its low glycemic index rating. One raw sliced apple paired with something such as a nut butter can serve as an excellent snack.
I love hamburger type recipes in the spring but nothing too spicy or over flavored. I created this recipe with the intention of satisfying my craving for garlic, cilantro, and apples. For those wanting something without a bun or gluten base, a pepper is the right way to go, and it can be sweet or savory depending on the color. To further assist in the mission of making a sweet and savory entrée, yellow/red/orange peppers are an excellent addition, and in this case an orange pepper was selected. From an artistic standpoint, the color of the pepper and beef mixture is aesthetically pleasing.
- 4 large orange bell peppers; hollowed
- 2/3 cup cilantro; minced
- 1 small white onion; minced
- 1 medium macintosh apple; diced
- 2 tablespoons roasted (or non-roasted) garlic; minced
- 1 pound beef
- 2 whole egg
- 1/4 cup gluten-free panko bread crumbs (a go to brand for me is Jeff Nathan’s Gluten-Free Plain Panko Flakes)
- Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a large bowl fold the cilantro, white onion, apple, and garlic into the beef.
- Add two eggs into the beef and mix.
- Scoop out portions of the beef mixture and fill each of the 4 orange bell peppers.
- Top the stuffed bell peppers with panko bread crumbs. Place the peppers atop a non-stick baking pan or glass Pyrex container coated with coconut oil.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes until the meat appears cooked; if you want the peppers to be moist remove from heat earlier otherwise leave in and remove when the meat meets your desired color or firmness.
- Serve with potatoes, kale, or other yummy sides! Or copy the sides used in the above photo which was a spiced broccoli/cauliflower mix and purple/Japanese sweet potatoes.
xxx – Sarah