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Smoky Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Turkey sausage and smoked cheese give a flavorful boost to this versatile, somewhat retro dinner. We've speeded it up by microwave-blanching the peppers and using instant brown rice. If possible, choose peppers that will stand upright.

Smoky Stuffed Peppers

Serves 6.

Active Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

6 large bell peppers, tops cut off, seeded

12 ounces hot Italian turkey sausage links, removed from casings

1 1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth

4 plum tomatoes, chopped

2 cups instant brown rice

1 cup chopped fresh basil

1 cup finely shredded smoked cheese, such as mozzarella, Cheddar or Gouda, divided

Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler.

Place peppers cut-side down in a large microwave-safe dish. Fill the dish with 1/2 inch of water, cover and microwave on High until the peppers are just softened, 7 to 10 minutes. Drain the water and transfer the peppers to a roasting pan.

Meanwhile, cook sausage in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, breaking it up into small pieces with a wooden spoon, until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Stir in broth, tomatoes and rice; increase heat to high and bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until the rice is softened but still moist, 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, until the rice absorbs the remaining liquid, about 5 minutes.

Stir basil and half the cheese into the rice mixture. Divide the filling among the peppers, then top with the remaining cheese. Broil until the cheese is melted, 2 to 3 minutes.

To Make Ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Recipe Nutrition:

Per serving: 292 calories; 11 g fat (4 g sat, 0 g mono); 43 mg cholesterol; 32 g carbohydrate; 0 g added sugars; 19 g protein; 5 g fiber; 636 mg sodium; 457 mg potassium

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (232 percent daily value), Vitamin A (30 percent dv)

2 Carbohydrate Servings

Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 3 lean meat

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