Turkey Pizza Stuffed Peppers

Turkey Pizza Stuffed Peppers- Italian spiced turkey & tomato sauce stuffed into bell peppers, topped with layers of cheese & pepperoni. Low carb & Weight Watchers friendly recipe! www.bitesofflavor.com

Turkey Pizza Stuffed Peppers is Italian spiced turkey & tomato sauce stuffed into peppers, topped with cheese & pepperoni. Low carb, Weight Watchers friendly- 7 SmartPoints!

 

Turkey Pizza Stuffed Peppers- Italian spiced turkey & tomato sauce stuffed into bell peppers, topped with layers of cheese & pepperoni. Low carb & Weight Watchers friendly! www.bitesofflavor.com

 

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- Italian spiced turkey & tomato sauce stuffed into bell peppers, topped with layers of cheese & pepperoni. Low carb & Weight Watchers friendly! www.bitesofflavor.com

 

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!

 

Turkey Pizza Stuffed Peppers- Italian spiced turkey & tomato sauce stuffed into bell peppers, topped with layers of cheese & pepperoni. Low carb & Weight Watchers friendly! www.bitesofflavor.com

 

I hope you enjoy these bites of flavor!

 

To learn how to make Turkey Pizza Stuffed Peppers, watch this 60 second video:

Serves 4, 1 Pepper Per Serving

Turkey Pizza Stuffed Peppers

7 SMARTPOINTS per serving

5 minPrep Time

50 minCook Time

55 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 Pound 99% Lean Ground Turkey
  • 1 Teaspoon Olive Oil
  • ½ White Onion
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Teaspoons Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 1 ½ Cup Canned Tomato Sauce, Divided
  • 1 Teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 2 Teaspoons Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 Cup Reduced Fat Mozzarella Cheese
  • 4 Red Bell Peppers
  • 16 Slices Pepperoni (I use Hormel Natural Choice Uncured Pepperoni)
  • Fresh Basil, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Dice onion and set aside.
  2. Dice garlic and set aside.
  3. Cut pepperoni slices into 4 pieces and set aside.
  4. Spray casserole dish with cooking spray.
  5. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  6. Cut off stems of bell peppers and gently remove the seeds and membrane inside the peppers.
  7. Cut peppers in half and set into casserole dish.
  8. Heat large skillet over medium heat and add oil.
  9. Add onion to skillet and sauté onion for 7 minutes until translucent.
  10. Add garlic to skillet and sauté for 1 minutes.
  11. Add ground turkey to skillet and cook until browned, breaking up into small pieces. Season with salt and pepper.
  12. Add tomato paste and mix until well combined.
  13. Add Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes and mix until well combined.
  14. Add 1 cup tomato sauce and mix until well combined. Let cook for 4 minutes then remove from heat.
  15. Spoon the turkey mixture into the red bell peppers in the casserole dish.
  16. Spread ½ cup tomato Sauce over top of turkey mixture.
  17. Pour ½ cup of water into the bottom of the casserole dish. Cover the casserole dish with foil
  18. Bake for 35 minutes until the pepper skins are slightly tender.
  19. Remove from oven.
  20. Sprinkle ½ cup mozzarella cheese on top of peppers, then layer
  21. Sprinkle with a little bit of cheese.
  22. Layer 8 pieces of pepperoni on top of the cheese, then sprinkle remainder cheese on top.
  23. Bake for 10 minutes.
  24. Remove from oven and garnish with fresh basil.

Notes

NUTRITION: Makes 4- (7 SmartPoints Per Serving) CALORIES: 288 FAT: 11.7 SATURATED FAT: 4.7 CARBS: 11.4 FIBER: 3.5 SUGARS: 6.1 PROTEIN: 38

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28 Comments

  1. Oh my gosh how delicious! I've done turkey taco stuffed bell peppers, but I love the pizza take!
  2. Great idea, cutting the peppers and stuffing them from the side...Why have I never thought about that!? I just bought me 2 basil plants today, so pizza seems like a natural choice!!!
    • Oh perfect!! I just planted basil too so I love having it fresh on hand for recipes like this. Thanks Jennifer!
  3. This looks so good! Who doesn't love a good pizza, and I'm also interested in trying pizza alternatives, such as fruit pizza, and now this! I'm definitely going to have to make this for the family! And also signing up for the newsletter to keep up with recipes! Love your site :)
    • I'm always looking for pizza alternative too :) Oh thanks for signing up for the newsletter and for the kind words Larissa :) !!!
  4. Pizza is my favorite! I love the idea of making this instead, so much healthier! Xoxo, nicole | www.blondeintheburbs.com

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