Let’s be honest, pizza is one of the best food ever. If you ask my husband, pizza would likely be one of his last meals. I crave pizza often but it’s definitely not as Weight Watchers friendly as I’d like. Luckily I can have the pizza flavors I love without the heavy carbs. My Turkey Pizza Stuffed Peppers have all the delicious flavors of pepperoni pizza without the guilt. Italian spiced turkey and tomato sauce stuffed into bell peppers, topped with layers of cheese and pepperoni are the perfect low carb dinner! This is a Weight Watchers friendly recipe and each serving is 7 SmartPoints.
I’m always looking for ways to turn comfort food into lighter versions. My all-time favorite comfort food is mashed potatoes and I turned that into my Garlic Mashed Cauliflower. Another one of my favorite comfort foods is pizza. And to be honest, I didn’t start really, really loving pizza until my husband and I started dating. He is pizza obsessed…. I really think he could eat it every day. Lucky for him, he has me to help him NOT eat the carb loaded food every day, otherwise he’d be super unhealthy.
A while back, we were both craving pizza but had splurged a bit over the weekend with eating out. I love using bell peppers as a low carb alternative when I’m turning a guilty pleasure into a guilt free meal. This is the inspiration for this recipe. I’ve made cauliflower pizza crust before, but for this recipe I wanted to use bell peppers as a vessel for the pizza goodness. The base of these stuffed peppers is ground turkey. To a skillet, sauté onion and garlic then add ground turkey. Cook the turkey until browned, breaking up until small pieces.
Once the turkey is cooked, add tomato paste, tomato sauce, Italian seasonings, and red pepper flakes. This is what gives the turkey that pizza flavor!! Remove the stem from the red bell pepper, gently remove the seeds and the membrane from instead the pepper, and then cut the pepper in half. Remove 4 times!
Lay the cut peppers into a casserole dish then spoon the turkey mixture into the peppers.
Spoon more tomato sauce on top of the turkey mixture then pour ½ cup of water into the bottom of the casserole dish, cover the dish with foil, and bake for 35 minutes or so until the skin of the peppers are tender. Adding water to the bottom of the dish helps the peppers to steam and cook faster.
Remove the casserole dish from the oven, sprinkle the top with ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese, pepperoni pieces, then more cheese. Bake for an additional 10 minutes then garnish with basil!
Turkey Pizza Stuffed Peppers have all the delicious flavors of pepperoni pizza without the guilt. Italian spiced turkey and tomato sauce stuffed into bell peppers, topped with layers of cheese and pepperoni are the perfect low carb dinner! Ready in under an hour. These make great left overs too! Less than 12 carbs and only 6 Weight Watchers SmartPoints for 1 whole pepper!
I hope you enjoy these bites of flavor!
To learn how to make Turkey Pizza Stuffed Peppers, watch this 60 second video: