Unstuffed Bell Peppers has been one of my most requested recipes to date. I have to say this make sme very happy, and has encouraged me to keep creating quick and easy to make one-pot meals. I should let you know I call this Unstuffed Bell Peppers, as I am not stuffing the peppers. The peppers are in pieces, hence the unstuffed title.
This is the same recipe I made often while growing up and feeding a crowd. However, now without having to clean, cut, and stuff individual peppers, chop onions, and handle raw meat that makes this dish a breeze. It’s also flexible, I use this recipe to make as a soup or as a casserole topped with melted cheese, the only difference is the amount of water added. Using Thrive foods just makes it so much faster and easier when you want dinner on the table quickly.
Unstuffed Bell Pepper Soup
Unstuffed Bell Pepper Casserole
Since this recipe is all Thrive food items, I will often make several batches at one time. Meaning, when I decide to make up a pot I will have four to six mason jars next to me. That way when I scoop and add to the pan I can also scoop and add to the jars. By the time I’ve added my last ingredient I have dinner for tonight and several to put on the shelf for another night. This makes it super simple for anyone to make dinner in our house.
There are times when I have cut down the servings to take the dry ingredients with me on the road. They keep well in a zip lock bag or a microwave save container that I can pack and take with me. When I am in a hotel room, I can just add water and cook in the microwave, or put everything into a thermos and eat when it is convenient for me.
I recently displayed at the Fred Hall Show in Long Beach, California. This is a huge fishing tackle, boat (some real beauties), and travel show. I took my crock-pots and my ingredients, made up this recipe, and gave out samples. I don’t normally cost out my recipes. I mean, at home if I make a pot of chili I have no clue how much that is costing me per serving. If I make Mediterranean Chicken Thighs over couscous, I have no clue what the cost per serving is. This time I decided to do a breakdown for this recipe just to give guests an idea of what it cost for the Unstuffed Bell Peppers. There are nine ingredients in this recipe, Ground Beef, Red Bell Peppers, Green Bell Peppers, Onions, Instant White Rice, Tomato Powder, Beef Bouillon, Italian Herb Blend, and Peppercorn Blend. This breaks down to $3.27 per serving.
The picture above shows the Thrive ingredients I used and these items, in these sizes, would end up making 72 serving of Unstuffed Bell Peppers if you used them only for this recipe. Yes, 72 servings just waiting for you. whenever you are ready.
Unstuffed Bell Peppers
WHAT YOU NEED:
3/4 cup THRIVE Ground Beef (Hamburger)
1/4 cup. THRIVE Chopped Onions
1 c.up THRIVE Red Bell Peppers
2 tbsp. THRIVE Beef Bouillon
1/4 c.up THRIVE Tomato Powder
1 cup. THRIVE Instant White Rice
1 tbsp. THRIVE Italian Seasoning Blend
1/2 tsp. THRIVE Peppercorn
6 cups. Water
Optional: 2 cups grated cheese for casserole topping
What to do:
Combine everything in one pot.
Bring up to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes.
Serve hot. Top with your favorite cheese, if desired.
Serving size is measured as 1 cup. You can add more water if you like it "soupier"
*** Use only 4 cups water for casserole
Combine everything, in bowl or casserole dish.
Let sit, 10 minutes, to rehydrate.
Pour into casserole dish and top with 2 cups grated cheese of your choice.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.