Danielle’s Kicked Up Stuffed Peppers

So Danielle totally read my mind. I have been thinking for some time that a stuffed bell pepper recipe was missing from this site, but I have been too lazy to get off my butt and come up with one! Boy am I glad for my laziness now, because Danielle did the work for me, and with beautiful results. Once again, my desire to avoid effort pays off for me big-time! lol.

If you serve this for your guests, they will be wowed. I’ve noticed that any time you serve things in individual-sized servings, suddenly it seems a bit gourmet. Little will your guests know that this is such an easy and P90x-friendly recipe!


  • 1 red, green, or yellow bell pepper (approx. 4 oz.)
  • 6 oz lean ground turkey (weighed raw)
  • 1/4 cup cooked whole grain brown rice
  • 1/2 cup canned tomatoes w/ chilies
  • 1 Tablespoon taco seasoning dry mix [see CJ’s P.S.]
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium beef broth or water
  • 1 1/2 oz. reduced-fat Mozzarella
  • salt/pepper to taste

[Cook brown rice, if necessary. Police! 😉 j/k – CJ =)] Cut off top of bell pepper and de-seed it. Steam (or microwave) peppers until tender (3-5 minutes). In a skillet over medium heat, brown ground turkey and add canned tomatoes (you can throw in blender to smooth or leave chunky) and seasoning mix along with broth/water. Add cooked rice and stir. Continue to cook on medium heat until liquids have been absorbed by meat and rice mixture (2-3 minutes). Stuff peppers with meat and rice mixture and top with mozzarella. You can microwave these to melt the cheese or pop them into the toaster oven to brown up the cheese [or broil on High for 2-3 min! – CJ =)]. (YUMMM!)

Danielle’s P.S. These freeze and reheat extremely well for quick lunch or dinner meals.

OK, CJ’s back!

P90x Nutrition Plan Portions:

1 stuffed bell pepper is 2 protein servings, 1 1/2 vegi servings, 1/4 carb serving, 1 dairy serving.

P.S. If you don’t have any taco seasoning mix on hand, you can try the seasoning blend I came up with for my Pollo Relleno recipe.

P.P.S. I had to up the ground turkey in Danielle’s recipe a bit in order to make it provide a full 2 protein servings, but this might end up giving you too much meat mixture to fit into one pepper. If so, you might have to split between two peppers and then halve the portion information above.

P.P.P.S. Thanks again, Danielle. You rock for sending a recipe WITH A PHOTO! Not having to actually cook the recipe myself in order to photograph it is impossible for me to resist! lol. 🙂


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  1. Brooke

    I just wanted to give a quick “thank you”. I am a full time student in a very demanding major who works several days a week, and is starting a second job soon. I also had never cooked for myself in a consistent manner in my life. Between my already hectic schedule and finding another couple of hours each day to work in my exercise videos, I had no idea how I was going to make my diet work. Your recipes have been a godsend. If I can find an open window of a few hours one day a week, I use it to prepare all of my meals for the week from your recipe book. They’ve been easy for even me to make, and they never prove to be anything less than delicious. Even my roommate, who is probably quite literally the pickiest eater you will ever meet is willing to try the food I make and has always approved. Although you deserve credit for that, I admit I do feel a sense of pride when she enjoys the food I make. Like I said, I have never been very much of a cook! Anyway, thank you, so much. The work you have done to put this together has taken so much pressure and guesswork off of me and has helped me stay focused on staying motivated and pressing “play” everyday.

    1. CJ =)

      Thank you so much for this, Brooke!! What an awesome thing to hear. I know what you mean about that sense of accomplishment when someone else likes your cooking. And I’ve never been much of a cook myself, perhaps that’s why I’m the perfect person to come up with recipes for busy P90xers!

      Would you be willing to cut and paste this review on the Amazon.com and Smashwords.com versions of the book? Awesome feedback like yours always helps other people trust that it’s worth buying.

      Thanks again for taking the time to give feedback. You’ve made my day!
      – CJ =)

  2. Megan

    I just started p90X this week, and was lost on the meal plan. I couldn’t afford to do the workout they gave me, and I know that I would cheat like crazy if left to my own devices. I bought your e-book and modified it a bit for level one. This is by far the best so far, granted it is only day 3. I had no issues eating up the extra mixture straight off my plate. I can’t wait to make this for my boyfriend this weekend. I am trying to convince him to start up the program, and this just might be the one that pushes him into it. Thank you for making my life and this diet so much easier.

  3. Morgan

    I made these last night and have recently made most of the Week 1 recipes from your ebook. My husband said to me last night, “I really like this lady’s recipes!” Everything has been such a hit around here! We rate all new recipes here as: fuel, tolerable fuel, and food. Everything, except for the cottage cheese, has been “food!” (We are not cottage cheese fans, so please do not take that personal. haha) Thank you so much for all your recipes, it has made meal planning in our home a lot easier… on ME! 🙂

    Maybe someone above has already suggested it, but last night we found that all the meat would not fit in the peppers and I had only gotten one for each of us! Hubby can be a weirdo and said he didn’t just want to eat the extra meat and started rummaging for some tortilla chips. This would probably been a really good alternative way to eat the filler part of this recipe, but I have not replenished our cabinet with chips because though tasty, they just aren’t good for you! haha But instead, I pulled out some of the whole wheat tortillas that we had left over and it was a yummy hit! Thought maybe it would be a good idea in Phases II or III, since it did add a carb. Nice to do a familiar recipe with just a small twist, for change and variety. 🙂

    Thank you again for all the tasty recipes… We are excited to see what the new recipes in Week 2 have in store!!!

    1. CJ =)

      Hi Morgan!
      What a nice comment. You just made my day a little brighter!! For some reason, whenever I get a second-hand comment from a wife telling me a nice thing her husband said about my recipes, it makes me really happy. Probably because it means that I’m helping other people like me and my hubby, and I feel like the ultimate bar is passing the “critical husband test!” =)

      This is a great idea about using a tortilla for this recipe. I’m actually working on Level II, Phase 2 right now, so I’ll work this idea in there!
      Thanks again for taking the time to comment.
      I hope that the rest of the month turns out to be “Food!” =D
      – CJ =)

  4. tobby

    I have the same question….how long does it take to reheat them after been frozen

  5. Joy

    I wonder if you could use this same meat/rice mix for cabbage rolls? Might have to try it!

    1. CJ =)

      I think you just blew my mind, Joy. AWESOME idea! If you do it, take a picture of it and send it to me at cjsplace321 at gmail dot com! =)

  6. Elisas

    I was wondering, if you freeze them and reheat them, how long do you reheat them for?

  7. Laney

    are you an angel?

  8. Amy

    Looks awesome!!! Is there anywhere on here (and bare with me if I missed it) that shows calories, fat, carbs, etc for these recipes? Especially the green peppers?

    1. CJ =)

      Hi Amy!
      While I don’t figure out the specific carbs, fat, etc. in each recipe (since we use the P90x portion approach, I don’t really go by those stats specifically), here is my article on how to figure out the calories in my recipes.

      Does anyone know an easy way to figure out the carbs, fat, in each recipe that won’t tax my brain too much? lol.
      – CJ =)

  9. Shelly

    This is so good! It was even better left over!

    1. CJ =)

      Awesome, Shelly! As you know I can take no credit – you’re just proving my theory that Danielle Rocks. But thanks for commenting!! =)
      – CJ =)

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