Green Up Your Sloppy Joes With Stuffed Peppers

Sloppy Joes are easy to make and always a crowd-pleaser with kids and kids-at-heart. Cut some carbs and add a little health with this twist from Host the Toast, which substitutes peppers for bread. Check it out!

Ingredients:

–3 bell peppers (Host the Toast recommends red, yellow and orange)
–1 pound lean ground turkey
–1 can Sloppy Joe sauce (Host the Toast recommends Hunt’s Manwich)
–1 tablespoon canola oil
–Salt and pepper, to taste
–6 slices Colby Jack or cheddar cheese
–Parsley or green onion, chopped, to garnish (optional)
–Brown rice, cooked, to serve (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cut around the stem of each pepper to remove it, and discard.
  3. Cut the pepper in half and remove any leftover seeds and/or membrane.
  4. In a large, heavy-bottomed skillet, heat a drizzle of canola oil over medium-high heat.
  5. When the oil is hot, add in the ground turkey, breaking it apart as it browns.
  6. Once the turkey browns, drain off any excess liquid. Add in the Sloppy Joe sauce, cook for 2 minutes, and then cover and reduce heat to low.
  7. Spray a large, oven-safe dish with nonstick cooking spray. Arrange the peppers cut-side-up in the dish and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until slightly softened.
  8. Take the peppers out of the oven and divide the Sloppy Joe turkey meat evenly among the halves. Bake again for 15 minutes.
  9. Top each pepper half with a slice of cheese and bake, one last time, for 5 minutes, until the cheese has completely melted.
  10. Serve with brown rice and garnished with parsley or green onion.

These look really, really good. Have you ever made Sloppy Joes this way? What are some of your favorite stuffed pepper recipes?