Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

The "OMG I got them to eat Kale and Bulgur without one single complaint" Stuffed Peppers!

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Sorry, is that name too crazy? I just get so psyched when I get good stuff in my boys! Especially when they eat it willingly!

Now let me warn you. Normally I write up and post a recipe immediately after I make it but this one has been sitting in the old noggin for a few days. I whipped it up on Friday after coming home form work early due to the SNOW! Sorry, to keep mentioning it but it’s totally crazy. We are in the middle of our second record breaking snow fall this week! But I digress. :)

So I whipped this up after work and to my surprise BOTH the child AND the husband ate it without complaints. No bargaining had to happen. No whining. No faces or dirty looks. Nothing!

Not only that but the husband actually said they “were good” unsolicited! This is a HUGE win considering the major ingredients were kale, mushrooms and bulgur. They didn’t even question the “green stuff”!The "OMG I got them to eat Kale and Bulgur without one single complaint" Stuffed Peppers!

  • 1/4 cup dry bulgur (I wanted to use 1/2 cup but this was all I had)
  • 1/2 of a sweet onion diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 8oz package of baby bella mushrooms chopped up small or diced
  • 12oz lean ground turkey
  • About 2 cups Kale chopped (~130g)
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 5-6 medium sized bell peppers
  • 1 cup tomato sauce (canned, jarred or homemade will work)
  • Kosher Salt and Pepper

Prepare the bulgur according to the package. The formula is twice as much liquid as bulgur. Bring both to a boil and then cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes until the liquid is absorbed. So I used 1/4 cup of bulgur and 1/2 cup water.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Cup the tops of the peppers off. You can blanch but I don’t. We like ours to stay crunchy. :) I also dice up any good pepper parts of the tops and use it in the filling. You know, the stuff around the stem.

Spray a large skillet with non-stick cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Sauté the onion and garlic with a little salt and pepper. Add the mushrooms and cook until they reduce a bit. The liquid will come out of them. Add the turkey and brown, breaking it up as it cooks.

Once the turkey is all brown (gray) add the chopped up kale, cooked bulgur, and oregano. I also added the diced peppers I got from the tops. Continue cooking for a few minutes until the kale wilts and all the flavors merge.

Fill the peppers with the stuffing. I only had 5 peppers that I could have overstuffed but I added a red pepper and stuffed them modestly. The red one was huge so you should have more then enough for 6 average sized green peppers.

The "OMG I got them to eat Kale and Bulgur without one single complaint" Stuffed Peppers! - fill them

Top each pepper with some tomato sauce and sprinkle with some dried herbs. Bake for about 20 minutes until the peppers just start to scorch on the ends but still hold a crunch.

Here’s an inside shot…

The "OMG I got them to eat Kale and Bulgur without one single complaint" Stuffed Peppers! - inside

And my boys EATING them. :)

The "OMG I got them to eat Kale and Bulgur without one single complaint" Stuffed Peppers! - theb oys

Two peppers make a good serving but I’ll do nutritional info per pepper in case you want to serve with something else. Plus it’s easier to double the nutritional info then half it. At least it my brain. :)

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
6 1 Stuffed Pepper
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
150 1g 5g old: 2 new: 4
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
7g 0g 20g 18g

See other recipes using: bulgur, ground turkey, kale, mushrooms


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    Alison

    February 10, 2010

    Looks delicious! Reply

    stephanie

    February 10, 2010

    where do you buy bulgar and what is it? Reply

    roni

    February 10, 2010

    Funny you should ask! I just realized I forgot to link bulgur. Here's a write up I did... http://greenlitebites.com/2008/10/25/food-find-bulgur/ Most grocery stores carry it now! Reply

    Beth

    February 10, 2010

    The nice thing about Bulgur too is that it's relatively cheap! I think at our grocery you can buy a large box for $2.50 and we eat out of it for a long time! Reply

    Alison

    February 10, 2010

    Looks like another winner. You seem to be on a stuffed pepper kick :) Bulgar in addition to being cheap is also really fast cooking, total bonus. Bulgar and Kale go really well together I love sausage, bulgar and kale, yummy. Reply

    Chrissy

    February 10, 2010

    Is there anything that can be substituted for the mushrooms? I'd like to keep the calorie content low, but am not really a fan of mushrooms. Thanks!!! Reply

    roni

    February 10, 2010

    Well the mushrooms are a bulker and give the ground turkey a deeper flavor. I got to tell you the husband and the child both don't like them either and they didn't even know they were in there! Shocking, I know. But if you really want to skip them just up the bulgur and kale. :) Reply

    Chrissy

    February 10, 2010

    Maybe it's time to test the waters with mushrooms once again. Maybe my taste buds have changed. : ) Thanks for the suggestions! Reply

    Trish @IamSucceeding

    February 11, 2010

    Those look and sound seriously good!! Reply

    Heather

    February 11, 2010

    I love stuffed peppers and can't wait to try this healthier version! Thanks for sharing. Reply

    tara pollard pakosta

    February 16, 2010

    this sounds awesome! I need to try it! thank YOU! tara Reply

    tara pollard pakosta

    February 16, 2010

    do you have a way to print out your recipes easily? Just wondering! thanks! Love this site! tara Reply

    roni

    February 16, 2010

    Hi Tara! If you print it should just grab the intro, recipe and pics no ads or navigation. Give it a try and let me know! And thanks! Glad you like the site! :) Reply

    tara pollard pakosta

    February 16, 2010

    thanks roni! It printed, it was 4 pages w/ the pictures, but that's okay!!! I can't wait to make these! and the kale chips! awesome stuff~ Reply

    Kate

    February 26, 2010

    I am having a "healthy food potluck" and want to make stuffed peppers - was wondering if you liked the curried quinoa or the bulgar & kale ones better? (to serve to guests) - any input would be appreciated! LOVE your blog by the way, just found it recently and visit every couple days! :) Reply

    roni

    February 26, 2010

    Hi Kate! I think it depends on how adventurous your guests are. :) If you think they'd like it the Quinoa ones are prettier. In my opinion. Reply

    Phebe

    February 28, 2010

    I made these tonight for dinner and they were FANTASTIC! My boyfriend wasn't so hot on the whole turkey and bulgur idea, so I made two batches - one following your recipe, and the other with ground beef and rice. Then we did a blind taste test - he couldn't tell the difference! He said they were both delicious :) I am going to be making these very often. Thanks for the great recipe and for turning me on to kale. We've bought it 3 times this week because we're both now addicted to your kale chips! Reply

    Megan

    May 31, 2010

    I made these the other night and liked them; however I had lots leftover as I live by myself. Today I took one and chopped up the pepper and added it to 2 oz. whole wheat pasta and some spaghetti sauce. Then I was able to divide that into 2 servings. Very low points. Kind of like hamburger hotdish! Reply

    Ellen

    December 31, 2012

    Going to make these peppers today. Don't have ground turkey on hand but ground round instead, but I do have bulgar! Love bulgar. I also have a giant package of washed kale. I appreciate the kinds of recipes you post, they are the kinds of dishes I want to make to get myself to eat healthier. I have to compliment you on the photo above of your mate and son eating your peppers. It's a great shot! I'll let you know how my peppers turn out. Reply

    Jacqui

    February 23, 2013

    Another hit! My hubby & 8yr old liked it and we made kale chips too! Thanks for all the kale recipes! Reply