Mediterranean Stuffed Peppers {Filling}
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 10 minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes
With this recipe, we are making the filling for the freezer! Then, on cook day you can reheat, add the rice and stock and cook. Once the filling is ready, you can stuff the peppers and voila - dinner is ready! You’ll be whisked off to the blue ocean lined cliffs of the Mediterranean with these great flavors and tastes! Enjoy!

Ingredients for Single Meal

  • 1 - lb(s) ground beef
  • 1 - Tbsp minced onion
  • 1 - tsp garlic powder
  • 1 - 15 oz can(s) chickpeas
  • 1 - 4 oz. can(s) black olives
  • 1 - 8 oz can(s) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 - tsp ground allspice
  • - Salt and pepper
  • 1 - cup(s) white rice**
  • 2 - cup(s) beef stock
  • 4 - large green bell pepper(s)
  • Garnish: - chopped parsley**
  • Side: - veggies**
  • 1 - gallon-size freezer baggie(s)
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Cooking Directions for Single Meal

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Open and drain the chickpeas and black olives. Open tomato sauce.
  3. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef with the minced onion and garlic powder. Drain and return to the stove. Stir in the chickpeas, black olives, tomato sauce, allspice and pinch of salt and pepper. Add the rice and stir in the beef stock. Cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until rice is softened.
  4. Slice the tops off the bell peppers and remove the seeds and center.
  5. Spoon the beef-rice mixture into each bell pepper, filling. Place into small baking dish and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, to warm through and soften the bell peppers.
  6. Prepare the veggies.
  7. Serve Mediterranean Stuffed Peppers with veggies.

Freezeasy Meal Prep Directions

  1. Brown 2 lbs. ground beef with 2 Tbsp minced onion and 2 tsp garlic powder. Drain and let cool.
  2. Open and drain 2 cans of chickpeas and 2 cans of black olives.
  3. Open 2 cans of tomato sauce.

To each gallon-size plastic freezer baggie, add the following ingredients:

  • Half of the browned ground beef
  • Half of the canned chickpeas
  • Half of the canned olives
  • 1 - 8 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • Salt and pepper
  • Do NOT add rice and beef stock to freezer meal.

Remove as much air as possible and seal. Add label to baggie and freeze.

Freeze & Thaw Instructions

Put baggie in the freezer and freeze up to 6 months in fridge freezer or 12 months in a deep freezer. Thaw in the fridge overnight, or a warm bowl of water for about 20 minutes, before transferring to a skillet and reheating. Once bubbling, stir in the rice and beef stock and cook through. Then add to bell peppers and bake as directed.

Dairy-Free Modifications

Recipe is dairy-free when served with dairy-free sides.

Gluten-Free Modifications

Recipe is gluten-free when served with gluten-free sides.

Printable Label Recipe Title

Mediterranean Stuffed Peppers {Filling}

Printable Label Instructions

Thaw and transfer to a skillet and reheat. Once bubbling, stir in the rice and beef stock and cook through. Then add to bell peppers and bake as directed.
Serve with veggies.

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