Heart Healthy Stuffed Bell Pepper Recipe
Heart Healthy Stuffed Bell Peppers Low in Sodium and Cholesterol
Heart Healthy Stuffed Pepper Recipe Table of Contents
Heart Healthy Stuffed Pepper Recipe Description
Heart healthy meals improve cardiovascular health by limiting sodium and cholesterol. This heart healthy stuffed bell pepper recipe is chef crafted following cardiologist recommendations. It has a blend of seasoned ground meat, white rice, and no salt added tomato paste encapsulated in roasted bell pepper. This recipe is a great way to eat tasty food that still complies with a low sodium diet plan.
Each stuffed bell pepper will contain about 125mg of sodium.
Heart Healthy Stuffed Bell Pepper Recipe Ingredients
Onion 1 Medium
Bell Pepper 2 Medium
Ground turkey (See how to grind your own meat here)
White Rice 1C Cooked
Tomato Paste (no salt added) 2Tbsp
Pepper, Garlic, Oregano, Parsley 2tsp each
Low Sodium Stuffed Bell Pepper Recipe Kitchen Tools
Food-Safe Nitrile Gloves
Heart Healthy Pepper Recipe Step-by-Step Directions
This heart healthy meal calls for cooked white rice; cook the white rice about 30 minutes in advance. Next, wash the bell peppers and peel the onion. On a clean cutting board, vertically slice each bell pepper with chef’s knife (not a serrated knife). Then remove the stems, seeds, and interior membrane. Set the halved bell peppers aside, and chop the onion into a small dice–place the diced onion in the mixing bowl. When the rice is done cooking, stir it to release steam, so that it can begin to cool.
Preheat your oven to 300º. In your mixing bowl, combine the diced onion, 16oz raw ground turkey, 1C semi-cooled cooked white rice, 3Tbsp no salt added tomato paste, and 2tsp of black pepper, granulated garlic, dried oregano, and dried parsley. Put on your food-safe nitrile gloves, and fully incorporate these filling ingredients by folding and mixing them into each other with your hands.
Segment the filling into 4 equal portions, rolling each into a meatball. Place 1 meatball inside each bell pepper half to create the stuffed bell peppers. Then place the stuffed peppers on your baking sheet. Remove and dispose of the nitrile gloves, wash your hands, and clean any surfaces that came in contact with the raw meat. Bake the stuffed bell peppers for 20 minutes, check and turn, and then another 20 minutes. The stuffed peppers are fully cooked when the interior temperature reaches 165º.
With oven mitts, place the baking sheet on a trivet. Using your tongs, you may plate the stuffed bell peppers, and serve. To elevate the dish, you can heat ⅓C marinara sauce, and pour overtop (this will add approximately 25mg of sodium to the entire dish).
Heart Healthy Stuffed Bell Pepper Recipe Suggestions
This heart healthy low sodium stuffed bell pepper recipe derives its inspiration from classic Italian flavors, and pairs well with various Italian and Mediterranean dishes. Check out these 5 heart healthy recipes you can make at home. To learn more about the potential benefits of consuming a low sodium diet, refer to this handy high blood pressure guide. Staying on track with a heart healthy diet can be difficult. You can try heart healthy meals delivered direct to your doorstep if you need diet support.