- 8 large bell peppers
- 2 cups cooked basmati rice (from 1 cup dry rice)
- 1 pound lean ground beef, or chuck
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 cup diced bell peppers
- 1/2 cup diced sweet yellow onions
- 1/2 cup diced celery
- 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 1/2 cups shredded mild cheddar cheese, divided
Gather the ingredients.
Cut tops off peppers, dice tops only, and set aside. Remove seeds and membranes from peppers. Try not to pierce pepper flesh as this will prevent juices from leaking out during baking.
Fill a large pot half full with water. Add 1 teaspoon of salt and bring to a boil. Add peppers, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 5 minutes. Drain peppers and set aside.
Add olive oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat and brown ground beef.
Add diced vegetables and cook mixture until vegetables are tender but not overcooked.
Add tomatoes, tomato paste, crushed garlic, oregano, basil, Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon salt, and black pepper. Simmer for about 10 minutes.
Add rice and cooked ground beef mixture to a large bowl, then stir to combine. Add half of the shredded cheddar cheese and stir to blend.
Stuff peppers with meat mixture and place in a 3-quart baking dish. Top each pepper with remaining cheese.
Bake at 350 F for about 30 minutes or until cheese just begins to bubble and brown.
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Harissa lamb with chickpeas
This Moroccan-inspired, slow-cooked lamb dish is low in calories and only uses six ingredients. If you want to make it five, leave out the apricots – you’ll save on sugar too. If you’re on a low-calorie diet, pair it with a low-calorie breakfast and/or lunch as it’s a little over 500 calories.
Each serving provides 522 kcal, 50g protein, 32g carbohydrates (of which 20g sugars), 19g fat (of which 7g saturates), 9g fibre and 0.5g salt. With a GI of 45 this meal is high protein, low GI.
- 600g/1lb 5oz lean lamb leg steaks, cut into bite-size cubes
- 1–2 level tbsp harissa paste
- 400g tin chopped tomatoes with herbs
- 2 x 410g tins chickpeas, drained
- 12 dried apricots (optional)
- small bunch (about 30g/1oz) fresh coriander, roughly chopped
Provençal picnic sandwich (Pan bagnat)
This is a speciality of Nice and is filled with Niçoise salad ingredients. A great way to use up slightly stale bread, the recipe contains tuna and anchovies but if you are vegetarian, you could substitute with cheese (such as mozzarella or slices of goats’ cheese) or roasted peppers, aubergines, courgettes and mushrooms. Make this a day ahead and keep weighted down in the fridge so all the juices seep into the bread.
- 1 pain de campagne or round sourdough loaf (about 400g/14oz)
- 1 garlic clove, finely chopped or grated
- 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
- 2 or 3 large ripe tomatoes, sliced
- 15cm/6in piece of cucumber, sliced
- 225g tin tuna in olive oil, drained
- 6 anchovies in olive oil, drained
- 3 hard-boiled free-range eggs, peeled and sliced
- 20 Niçoise or Kalamata olives, pitted and halved
- 1 tsp fresh oregano or marjoram leaves, chopped
- 10 fresh basil leaves, torn
- 1 handful rocket leaves
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
How To Prepare Ham and pea pasta
Even if you’re new to cooking you can tackle this ham and pea pasta with confidence, as a sauce like this requires little more than warming through to come together. The cream adds a touch of luxury to this supper for one.
Each serving provides 1140 kcal, 38g protein, 86g carbohydrates (of which 7g sugars), 69g fat (of which 42g saturates), 11g fibre and 1.5g salt.
- 100g/3½oz dried pasta shapes
- 100g/3½oz frozen peas
- knob of butter or splash of olive oil
- 1–2 spring onions, white and green parts separated and finely sliced
- 100ml/3½fl oz double cream
- 25g/1oz Parmesan, finely grated, plus extra to serve
- 1 thick-cut slice of ham, diced
- ½ lemon, zest and juice
- salt and freshly ground black pepper