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Crock Pot Stuffed Peppers

This has been a go-to recipe for my family for over a year now and I made my own modifications to make it even healthier. It takes some time to put together but the end product is worth it and any leftovers can be frozen in individual packages and thawed for a last minute meal. You know, when you've had a long day, you've forgotten to eat and you feel so hungry you're tempted to grab something that you know isn't good for you. All you have to do is grab one of these and you can feel good about the nutrients you're feeding your body.


Ingredients:

  • 5-6 red / yellow / orange / green peppers (I find the green ones to be a bit bitter so I prefer the other colors, personal preference)

  • 1 lb shredded cooked chicken (tip: grab a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken from the grocery store, they are relatively cheap and full of flavor)

  • Cauliflower rice or cauliflower risotto (see my favorite brand below, I've tried quite a few versions and this one definitely wins)

  • 1-2 cups fresh spinach

  • 1 can diced tomatoes with green chiles

  • 1 cup greek yogurt - I prefer higher fat content

  • 1 8 oz package shredded Mexican or cheddar cheese


This brand can be found at most grocery stores. cook according to package directions and then put it in this recipe. When I find it on sale, I buy a bunch and keep them in the freezer.


Directions:

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Cut tops off peppers and core out the inside and then stuff with mixture. Place in crock pot and cook on low for 6 hours.


Why I love this recipe:

-its full of low-carb, real, whole foods.

-the brightly colored spinach, peppers, tomatoes are full of phytonutrients. These are are chemicals produced by plants. Foods with phytonutrients have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Basically, the brighter your fruits and veggies, the better they are for you.

-Plenty of protein from the chicken and greek yogurt

-Healthy fats in the form of the full-fat greek yogurt and cheese (avoid low fat cheese if possible, you want full fat.) These healthy fats and proteins keep you full and satisfied longer than empty calories like carbohydrates and unhealthy fats.

-It makes enough for the whole family and keeps in the refrigerator well and also freezes very well.


Enjoy! Drop a comment below when you make this and let me know what you think and please share with your friends.


In health,

Dr. Sweeney


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