One of my favorite parts of changing the way I eat has been finding new ways to get creative with lunch and dinner (especially where meal prep is concerned). Since we love these cauliflower rice stuffed peppers, I thought it would be fun to make a red bell pepper pizza.
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LOW CARB + PACKED WITH PROTEIN
The serving size for this recipe is an entire red bell pepper (per person). The carbs sit right around 6.5 net, which could be on the higher side if you’re eating keto, but I planned our meals for the week and made sure we were eating low carb otherwise to stay under the 20-25 net carbs for the day (and, we still had room for dessert, as we always do!).
With the combination of ground turkey, pepperoni and cheese, the protein also comes in a bit on the higher side (around 40 grams). So, if you’re keeping protein low, keep that in mind as well.
SLOW ROAST IS OUR FAVE
I almost always roast my peppers at 400 degrees for 40 minutes as ahard and fast rule. By the end of this timeframe, they are getting a little brown, which is how we like them.
If you like to maintain a little crisp in your pepper, you can try roasting for around 20 minutes to see how you feel. The meat will already be cooked on the skillet, and the cheese should be good and melted by then, so do whatcha’ like!
The idea in building a delicious pepper pizza is the same idea in building a delicious regular pizza. Add whatever toppings (or in this case, fillings) you would like to make a pepper pizza your heart will love, love, lovity, love.
We stuck to cheese and pepporni this time around, but I bet a BLT style pepper pizza would be A-MAZING. Stay tuned for that recipe!
SWAP OUT THE MEAT!
If you’re looking for a fattier meat, swap it out! I used ground turkey because I knew that theere would be lots of extra fat coming from the cheese (I use full fat, whole milk mozzarella).
But, if you’re swapping things out, or just don’t care, use whatever meat you’d like – ground beef, ground beef and bacon, steak…sausage…so many options.
The hubs thought the entire pepper was filling enough on its own. Kinda like a slice of regular pizza, most of the time you don’t serve it with anything.
BUT, I liked to add a little arugula and Everything But the Babel seasoning which took it to an entirely new level for me (in a good way). Again, if you’re watching carbs and protein, the single pepper pizza alone is all ya’ need. Super filling.
PEPPER PIZZA RECIPE
The recipe is below! Feel free to change it up and fill those peppers with whatever makes your heart happy. Enjoy!
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