Stuffed Bell Peppers: A Colorful Meal for Kids


Introduce your kids to a world of colors and flavors with Stuffed Bell Peppers! This nutritious and fun meal is a great way to get children excited about eating vegetables. Filled with a tasty and healthy mixture, these bell peppers are as delightful to look at as they are to eat.

Stuffed Bell Peppers: A Colorful Meal for Kids

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes

Number of Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 stuffed bell pepper


  • Bell peppers, 4 (choose different colors)
  • Ground turkey or beef, 200 grams (7 ounces)
  • Cooked rice, 200 grams (7 ounces)
  • Onion, finely chopped, 50 grams (1.75 ounces)
  • Garlic, minced, 1 clove (about 5 grams)
  • Tomato sauce, 100 grams (3.5 ounces)
  • Shredded cheese (like cheddar or mozzarella), 100 grams (3.5 ounces)
  • Olive oil, 1 tablespoon (0.5 ounces)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: Corn kernels, black beans, or chopped vegetables for extra filling

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Preheat Oven & Prepare Peppers: Preheat your oven to 190°C (375°F). Slice the tops off the bell peppers and remove the seeds and membranes.
  2. Cook Meat & Veggies: In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the ground meat, onion, and garlic. Cook until the meat is browned.
  3. Add Rice & Tomato Sauce: Stir in cooked rice, tomato sauce, salt, and pepper. Cook for a few more minutes. Optionally, add corn, black beans, or other vegetables.
  4. Stuff the Peppers: Fill each bell pepper with the meat and rice mixture. Place them upright in a baking dish.
  5. Bake: Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Uncover, top with cheese, and bake for an additional 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  6. Serve: Let the peppers cool slightly before serving.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Variety of Colors: Use different colored bell peppers for a visually appealing meal.
  • Customize the Filling: Adapt the filling to include your kids' favorite ingredients.
  • Cheese Topping: The cheese not only adds flavor but also makes the dish more appealing to kids.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Can I make this vegetarian? Yes, substitute the meat with a mix of beans, lentils, or additional vegetables.
  • How do I store leftovers? Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Can these be made ahead of time? Absolutely! Prepare them ahead, refrigerate, and bake when ready to serve.