Mac Apple Beef Stuffed Peppers – Serves Four

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.

stuffed orange pepper

INGREDIENTS

  • 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)

METHODOLOGY

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large bowl fold the cilantro, white onion, apple, and garlic into the beef.
  3. Add two eggs into the beef and mix.
  4. Scoop out portions of the beef mixture and fill each of the 4 orange bell peppers.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Voila!

 

xxx – Sarah

 

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