Stuffed peppers are one of those dishes that everyone loves. It’s a festive and fun meal—one that works with many types of cuisine. Add the right spices for a Mexican stuffed pepper or make them Italian-style. Either way, they’re so yummy!
Most stuffed pepper recipes call for rice, but traditional rice increases the carb count and makes the meal less diet-friendly. So, if you're watching your weight, following keto or another low-carb diet, don't worry; you can still stuff these peppers with satisfying It's Skinny Rice!
Peppers are popular in Mediterranean cuisine, and "dolma" or stuffed vegetables are often on the menu. Throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas, stuffed peppers can be found in one form or another, often filled with meat, rice, or cheese. Some stuffed peppers are battered and fried, while other types are baked.
Bell peppers are many people's pepper of choice. The sweet bell pepper (which is arguably a fruit—a berry) is a popular choice for stuffing. Bell peppers can be found in a wide variety of colors and flavors. They grow in gardens around the world, although they originated in South America. Green, red, yellow, and orange peppers are typically the easiest to find in US supermarkets. As some varieties ripen, they may change from green to red.
For those who are spice-averse, don't worry because bell peppers aren't hot and spicy like most peppers. Instead, they're typically a little sweet and vegetal or herbal tasting. Peppers are high in vitamin C, especially the red varieties.
For our low-carb stuffed red peppers with rice, we keep it simple. Use any pepper type you like. If you're partial to green peppers, you can stick with the classic, but these stuffed peppers are also delicious with red, yellow, or orange varieties.
Low-Carb Rice from It’s Skinny
Often when people try to lighten the carb load in their stuffed peppers, they omit the rice altogether. Unfortunately, the rice-less stuffed peppers are often less filling and, well…frankly, a little boring.
Fortunately, with It’s Skinny Rice, you can make hearty stuffed peppers without increasing the carb count! That’s because It’s Skinny Rice features zero net carbs per serving and only 9 calories! So how does It's Skinny do it?
The secret to making delicious low-carb rice and pasta comes from an ingredient known as konjac. In case you’ve never heard of it, you’re not alone. Although konjac has been popular in Asia for many years, it’s relatively new to the United States.
Konjac root has a fibrous texture, like a radish or a turnip, and a very mild flavor. It's high in glucomannan fiber. The fiber keeps you full and satisfied and helps keep your blood sugar levels steady. In other words, it's excellent for those who are looking for a filling, satisfying meal without increasing their calories and carbs.
Shirataki or konjac noodles and rice are very easy to work with. There's no lengthy cooking process, like traditional pasta and rice. Instead, you simply open the pack of It's Skinny, drain it, and add it to the rest of your ingredients at the end of the cooking process. It will be heated through in 1-2 minutes and ready to enjoy. It's that easy to enjoy a satisfying low-carb dish in a flash.
As for It’s Skinny Rice, well, it’s ideal for any place you’d use traditional white or brown rice. With ZERO net carbs, you really can’t go wrong. Swap it into your favorite rice pudding. Create a yummy poke bowl or a chipotle chicken bowl that will rival your favorite fast-casual dish.
It's possible to enjoy keto-friendly, lightened-up versions of all your favorite foods. Just because you're following keto or another low-carb diet doesn't mean you need to feel deprived. It's Skinny is perfect for all kinds of lifestyles, including vegan, gluten-free, and paleo.
Intermittent fasters love It's Skinny Rice and It's Skinny Pasta because you can enjoy a serving of yummy noodles without breaking your fast. Yep! That's right! If you enjoy It's Skinny Pasta or Rice with just salt and pepper and a little butter or olive oil, the stats are so low that it won't take your body out of fasting mode!
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Questions About Stuffed Peppers with Rice
We love creative cooks at It’s Skinny! You can make any It's Skinny recipe your own. Customize any of our recipes to suit your tastes. Here are a few FAQs about making these low-carb stuffed peppers with rice.
Could I Make these Vegetarian?
You could stuff the peppers with It’s Skinny Rice and cheese instead of ground beef. Alternatively, you could use vegetarian "crumbles" or even crumbled tofu mixed with It's Skinny Rice for vegetarian stuffed peppers.
Keep in mind that many vegetarian meat substitutes might be higher in carbohydrates, and thus, could change the stats on these stuffed peppers, making them less keto-friendly. Do your homework and carefully check the calorie and carbohydrate content of any ingredients you swap.
Could I Make Mexican Stuffed Peppers?
Our low-carb stuffed pepper recipe has Italian flavors, thanks to marinara, parsley, and garlic, but you could easily switch it up with any variation you like. Instead of marinara sauce, try tomato sauce or enchilada sauce. Add spices like cumin, oregano, or taco seasoning to the ground beef.
You could also use curry spices to make an Indian-style version of these stuffed peppers. Use tomato sauce, spiced with curry seasonings, and add some coconut cream or even yogurt. These stuffed peppers are easy to customize, so play around with them to tackle any craving.
What Other Protein Could I Use?
Stuffed peppers are great with many different types of protein. We use ground beef here, but you could also use ground pork or lamb. Lamb is wonderful for a Middle Eastern flair; you could alter the spices for a Greek version. Of course, any type of sausage would also work well in these peppers.
Of course, if you prefer poultry, these stuffed peppers work well with ground turkey or chicken. They offer a wonderful, versatile way to use up leftover turkey or rotisserie chicken, too—simply shred the protein and add it to your peppers!
Low-Carb Stuffed Peppers with Rice Recipe
Are you ready to make these craveable peppers tonight? They are so easy that they'll quickly become one of your favorite low-maintenance meals, even on a weeknight. Hearty and satisfying these peppers are delicious and so filling!
Open a package if It’s Skinny Rice, drain, rinse, and set aside.
Mince the garlic clove and chop the parsley. Preheat oven to 350.
Add 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil to a pan over medium heat. Sauté the garlic. Add the ground beef (or protein of your choice). Cook meat until nearly done.
Add the It's Skinny Rice to the pan and stir to mix it with the beef. Allow the mixture to cook for a few minutes until the meat is fully cooked.
Add the parsley, and your favorite tomato or marinara sauce, stirring to mix well.
Cut the bell peppers in half, removing the seeds and membrane. Place the pepper in a baking dish. Fill the peppers with the meat mixture and top with parmesan cheese. Cover the dish with tin foil and bake in a 350-degree oven for 35-50 minutes (peppers should be nice and soft).
Dish up and dig in!
Nutrition Information for Stuffed Peppers with Rice
Nutrition information for 1 serving. Full recipe makes 2 servings.