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Deliciously Healthy Stuffed Peppers

Gluten free, dairy free – Blood Sugar Solution Compliant


Prep time: About 30 minutes | Cook Time: 8-10 minutes | Serves: 4


2 Tablespoons olive oil, divided

4 Medium Bell Peppers (we used red)

1.5 lbs Grass fed ground beef, bison, chicken, turkey or lamb (we used beef)

4-6 Cloves garlic, pressed or chopped

1 Regular sized can chopped tomatoes, drained

1 Small can tomato paste

1 Large zucchini, chopped

1 Cup mushrooms, chopped (we used oyster mushrooms for more flavor and texture. We also love Maitake  aka Hen-of-the-Woods mushrooms for their earthy flavor)

½ Medium onion, chopped

Salt & pepper

Crushed red pepper (optional)

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Garlic press

Sharp chefs knife

Mesh strainer


Large fry pan


  • Preheat oven or toaster oven to 350°
  • Line baking sheet with foil.
  • Slice peppers in half and remove hard top and seeds
  • Rub peppers with olive oil then place open side up on lined baking sheet
  • Place peppers in oven for 30 minutes
  • Clean and chop zucchini
  • Chop onion
  • Clean and chop mushrooms
  • Chop or press garlic cloves
  • In a large skillet, add remaining olive oil in pan on medium heat
  • Add in onions and saute for a few minutes until translucent
  • Add in chopped mushrooms and saute them for 5 minutes to remove a lot of their moisture (this is called sweating them down)
  • Reduce heat slightly and add in garlic cloves, can of drained tomatoes, chopped zucchini,
  • Add in tomatoes and saute for abt 4 minutes just do the tomatoes meld into the mixture
  • Place mesh strainer over a bowl and spoon vegetable mixture into strainer. Let sit.
  • Add in ground need to pan and cook until.done, about 5 minutes
  • Add in can of tomato paste and mix well
  • Add in strained veggies and mix until well blended
  • Add in salt, pepper and desired seasoning and spices (we used a delicious spice blend called Grand Bazaar Everyday Blend from our favorite spice shop Spice & Tulips which consists of Marash chile, garlic, Sumac, oregano, parsley, peppercorn 
  • Remove peppers from oven and spoon beef and veggie mixture into each half of the peppers. Over stuffing is good!
  • Return baking sheet with stuffed peppers to oven for about 8 minutes
  • Remove from oven, sprinkle crushed red pepper to taste. Enjoy!


Zest for Life * P.O. Box 28704 *Anaheim CA 92809