1 to 1-1/4 hours
Makes 30 appetizers
Beef and Couscous Stuffed Baby Bell Peppers
A colorful appetizer for any occasion. Tiny peppers packed with Ground Beef, spinach and couscous, sprinkled with reduced-fat cheese.
- 1 pound Ground Beef
- 15 baby sweet bell peppers (about 2-1/2 to 3 inches long, about 1-1/4 pounds)
- 2/3 cup regular or spicy 100% vegetable juice
- 1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed dry
- 1/4 cup uncooked whole wheat or regular couscous
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup reduced-fat shredded Parmesan, Monterey Jack, white Cheddar or Italian-blend cheese
Heat oven to 400°F. Cut bell peppers in half lengthwise; remove seeds and membranes, but not stem. Place peppers, cut-sides up, on two shallow-rimmed baking sheets.
Cook's Tip: Two broiler pans may be substituted for baking sheets.
Combine Ground Beef, vegetable juice, spinach, couscous, garlic, oregano, salt and black pepper in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Spoon beef mixture evenly into peppers. Sprinkle with cheese.
Bake, uncovered, in 400°F oven 25 to 30 minutes or until instant-read thermometer inserted into center of pepper registers 160°F and peppers begin to brown. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Cook's Tip: Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed Ground Beef. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.
49 Calories; 2g Total Fat; 1g Saturated Fat; 1g Monounsaturated Fat; 12mg Cholesterol; 99mg Sodium; 3g Total carbohydrate; 4g Protein; 0.5mg Iron; 0.8mg Niacin; 0mg Vitamin B6; 9.2mg Choline; 0.3mcg Vitamin B12; 0.7mg Zinc; 2.3mcg Selenium; 0.6g Fiber.44 Calories; 2g Total Fat; 0g Saturated Fat; 0g Monounsaturated Fat; 12mg Cholesterol; 101mg Sodium; 3g Total carbohydrate; 4g Protein; 0.6mg Iron; 0.8mg Niacin; 0.1mg Vitamin B6; 10.6mg Choline; 0.3mcg Vitamin B12; 0.8mg Zinc; 2.4mcg Selenium; 0.6g Fiber.37 Calories; 1g Total Fat; 0g Saturated Fat; 0g Monounsaturated Fat; 11mg Cholesterol; 99mg Sodium; 3g Total carbohydrate; 4g Protein; 0.6mg Iron; 0.7mg Niacin; 0mg Vitamin B6; 9.2mg Choline; 0.3mcg Vitamin B12; 0.7mg Zinc; 2.4mcg Selenium; 0.6g Fiber.