The Deen Bros. Lighter Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers

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The Deen Bros. Lighter Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers

By Bobby and Jamie Deen

The Deen Bros. Lighter Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers

146 Fewer Calories
17 g Less Fat

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 small zucchini, grated
2 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 pound ground lean turkey breast
1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice
1/2 cup reduced-fat shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 medium green, red, or yellow bell peppers
1 (24-ounce) jar marinara sauce

Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, zucchini, and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 8 minutes. Transfer the onion mixture to a large bowl; let cool slightly.
Add the turkey, rice, cheese, and salt; mix well to combine. Cut the tops off of the bell peppers; discard seeds and membranes. Spoon the turkey mixture into each pepper.  Transfer the peppers, cut-side up, to a 5 1/2-quart slow cooker. Pour the sauce over the peppers and cook, covered, until the peppers are fork-tender, 3 – 4 hours on High or 4 – 6 hours on Low. 

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 3 – 4 hours on High or 4 – 6 hours on Low
Difficulty: Easy

Per Serving: (1 stuffed pepper) 380 Cal 30 g Protein; 9 g Tot Fat; 2 g Sat Fat; 4 g Mono Fat; 45 g Carb; 7 g Fiber; 6 g Sugar; 165 mg Calcium; 4 mg Iron; 931 mg Sodium; 54 mg Cholesterol

Test Kitchen Tip
1/2 cup uncooked brown rice cooked in 1 1/3 cups of water will yield 1 1/2 cups cooked rice.

Original recipe courtesy Paula Deen:  Slow Cooker Stuffed Green Peppers
Lightened Up recipe courtesy of Bobby and Jamie Deen and the Paula Deen Test Kitchen

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I wasn't paying attention at the store and bought turkey sausage instead of plain ground turkey...sooooo glad I did! I made these today using the sausage and they are DELICIOUS! Also, recipe didn't specify whether to leave meat raw or precook, so I cooked it.

By Beth Frederick on January 21, 2013


Paula you have the most wonderful recipes and I try to get all of them because ur recipes are delicious. Your the best cook Ms. Paula

By Heather on January 09, 2013


I make this all the time! My husband loves them! For those wondering what is missing its cumin! I use a ton in it lol

By Ev on October 26, 2012


Paul, Thank you for your Lighter Slower Bell Pepper Recipe. I ususally do the Spanish Rice theme with hamburger but this may wourk out for a different taste. I am on a hunt for your Keee Lime Pie Recipe. Loved your Ice Cofffee with chocolate milk and chocolate sauce and brown sugar. My kind of pick me up drink!

By Lorna Merrill on March 30, 2011


Hi, I love your show and all your recipes and love that your sons have some lighter recipes. I have a problem that I hope you can help me with. I've found out the reason for being so ill is allergy to milk and egg. Can you think of a worse combination? Anyway, egg is used so much to bind ingredients together but I can't use eggs nor cheese. Can you give me some suggestions or recipes unfortuneatly I love cheese and eggs, italian food and breakfast but duh, i can't have them anymore. please help, JO

By Jo Pachinger on March 21, 2011


By farrah parker on March 10, 2011


Ms. Paula, I am a huge fan. I love watching you on t.v. I was diagnosed with kidney and thyroid cancer last year. I have always wanted to meet you. I live alone and have difficulties standing and have to cook and things like that. I just wanted you to know that you are the best and that I do wish that one day that I will be able to meet you and your two sons.

By Dianna Whiddon on March 08, 2011


By Dianna Whiddon on March 08, 2011


I faithfully watch your show every day. I do enjoy your family values and that you have all your lovely friends and family in the kitchen with you enjoying cooking together- now that is fantastic. I admire your hard work and dedication, and I love your laugh. You are a beautiful woman inside and out. God Bless, Sincerely, Avid Fan Cindy Koykka

By Cindy Koykka on March 02, 2011


it awesome

By Anonymous on February 26, 2011


my mom loves your cooking she has all ,well partly all of your cooking tools would you give us some of your cooking tools plese .thank you.

By jaston carr on February 26, 2011


love watching your show i watched you get marryed on tv I am getting marryed too how have you been doing hope your family is ok.

By Darrin on February 26, 2011


Thank you for very nice recipe, they look wonderful.

By grill on February 24, 2011


OOoh, those peppers sound yummy, but I prefer the taste of ground chicken over ground turkey. Thank you for the recipe! : )

By Robin R. on February 24, 2011

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