We love this unstuffed bell pepper casserole. So a little background on this one. I first cooked this recipe a long time ago for Lars while we were living in our first apartment together in Kansas City (Overland Park, specifically). Lars LOVED it. I did too, because it was pretty easy and I was still a “beginner” cooker for a man who can put some food away! So I cooked this several times while we were in our apartment for about 8 months.
We moved in with Lars’s dad, Lee, in Lenexa, Kansas after about 8 months of apartment living so we could save more money for our first house. I made this recipe one night and what do you know…Lee loved it too! But he made a game changer in this recipe, with salsa on top!?! When we later moved into our first home he later asked Lars’s mom, Heidel, to make this one night (I was no longer cooking meals for him as Lars in I were living in our own house), and Heidel loved it too! She likes it best over a bed of lettuce, as she also enjoys herself a nice hearty salad!
Unstuffed Bell Pepper Casserole
Cook ground turkey in pan until browned, drain and return to pan.
Add minced garlic, chopped peppers and onions to pan. Cook on medium heat until vegetables become tender (~10 minutes). Add oregano, pepper, and salt.
Prepare rice according to package. Mix in 3/4 cup of reduced fat mozzarella cheese and low sodium marinara sauce.
Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with nonstick spray and lay rice, cheese, and sauce mixture on top.
Place meat and vegetable mixture on top of rice.
Top with remaining 3/4 cup of reduced-fat mozzarella cheese.
Bake for 25 minutes or until cheese becomes golden brown.
Top with your favorite variety of salsa (thanks Lee!),
and/or serve over a bed of your favorite lettuce (thanks Heidel!).
Recipe adapted from A Kitchen Addition.
We always purchase Uncle Ben's Brown Rice because I can cook this while I am browning the ground turkey and cooking the vegetables.
I pour out the grease from my turkey into the spaghetti sauce jar/can I use in this recipe. I let it solidify in the fridge overnight and then toss it outside in the trash. Easy way to get rid of that grease.
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