Most of us live perpetually busy lifestyles where we are constantly on-the-go. This oftentimes makes it difficult to shop, prepare and sit down to complete, nutritious meals. This, in turn, makes it easier to simply rely on the drive-thru or prepackaged meals when you come home starving or are running out the door for after-work activities.
CROCKPOT TO THE RESCUE!!! I tell my busiest clients to dust of this handy piece of cooking equipment and to make it their new best friend. Why? It does 95% of the work for you. All you have to do is a little prep before and then enjoy the fruits of it’s labor afterwards. Plus, there’s nothing better than walking into your house and smelling a delicious meal after a long day. The only finger you have to lift simply involves holding your utensils to dig in. Perfection.
Crockpot Italian Stuffed Peppers
6 bell peppers, cored and seeds removed
1 lb. ground turkey/lean ground beef
2 eggs, beaten
½ cup Parmesan cheese
1 cup marinara sauce
2/3 cup quinoa, uncooked
1 cup onion, diced
4 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Additional marinara sauce for topping
In a large bowl combine all ingredients from ground meat to Italian seasoning. Stuff equal amounts into each bell pepper.
Pour about ½-3/4 cup of water into the crockpot (this prevents peppers from sticking). Place stuffed bell peppers inside, cover and set on low for 6 hours. Once done, split peppers in half and top with additional marinara sauce and sprinkle on the mozzarella cheese. Cover and warm until cheese has melted. Enjoy!