Guest recipe post by Dena at Back to the Book Nutrition
We all have certain meals that mean “comfort” to us – whether they’re a childhood favorite, or a special recipe passed down from generation to generation.
One of my favorite comfort foods is stuffed peppers. Growing up, my grandmother made them often and I can still remember the smell of her delicious, homemade-with-love, stuffed peppers baking. Today, I’m excited to share with you a grain-free version of this classic dish.
These savory Italian Stuffed Peppers are veggie-loaded, grain free, and completely delicious!
The key to this recipe is the quality of the ingredients. It sounds cliché, but it’s really true! Paying a little more for good Italian sausage (from pastured pork, if possible) and fresh mozzarella is so worth the authentic flavor and texture they add. Homemade, or higher quality store-bought marinara sauce will give a nice robust flavor to the filling as well.
Although they do take a bit of time to assemble and cook, it’s worth the effort since they hold up well for a few days in the fridge (leftovers!) and can also be frozen and defrosted for a quick weeknight meal.
I don’t mind occasionally putting in more time on the front end for a dinner that’s a comforting favorite, and that pays me back by being able to take a night off of cooking and serve it a second time with equally delicious results!
Plus, these savory stuffed peppers are so satisfying that this recipe can easily be stretched into three dinners. Mine is a family of four with two young children and I can serve 4 of the stuffed peppers one night, another four leftover peppers on another night, and freeze the final four for a later date.
Now that’s what I call saving time in the kitchen! And what to do with all that time you’ve saved? Why not celebrate by whipping up an Easy, Grain Free Peach Crumble or a batch of Black Cherry Cobbler Squares (grain & dairy free) for an extra special treat!
Looking for even more delicious whole food recipes? Be sure to check out Kelly’s Healthy Recipes section. She also provides FREE Weekly Whole Meal Plans with links to each of the delicious family-friendly recipes featured. Three cheers for healthy meals the whole family will love!
Dena Norton is a registered dietitian (RD) turned stay at home mom. She and her husband, Rick currently have two precious children, ages 4 and 22 months. In 2013 she started Back To The Book Nutrition, a business and blog that inspires others to enjoy and worship God through nutrition and health. Subscribe to Dena’s blog or join her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!