Unstuffed Peppers {Filling}
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 10 minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
This is what we call a “meal starter” - where you’ve started the meal and all you need to do is reheat/cook it. In this case, it’s a meat and bell pepper base for Unstuffed Peppers that is being frozen. When it’s time to cook it, thaw and reheat the sauce and then stir in the white rice and hot water. (See note on recipe regarding brown rice.) Let it simmer with a lid on the pot, until the rice is tender. Then top with shredded cheese. So easy, so yummy!

Ingredients for Single Meal

  • 1 - lb(s) ground beef
  • 2 - Tbsp minced onion
  • 1 - tsp garlic powder
  • 2 - green bell pepper(s)
  • - 15 oz. can(s) diced tomatoes
  • - 8 oz can(s) tomato sauce
  • 1 - Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 - cup(s) white rice**
  • 2 - cup(s) hot water**
  • - Salt and pepper
  • Garnish: - shredded cheese**
  • Side: - salad**
  • 1 - gallon-size freezer baggie(s)
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Cooking Directions for Single Meal

  1. Seed and chop the green bell peppers.
  2. Open and drain the can of diced tomatoes. Open the can of tomato sauce.
  3. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef with the minced onion, garlic powder and chopped bell peppers. Drain and return to the skillet. Stir in the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and Italian seasoning. Combine well and bring to bubbling over medium low heat.
  4. Stir in the rice with the hot water. Return to bubbling, then stir once and cover with tight fitting lid. Let cook for 20 minutes, or until rice is tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste. (Note: if you wish to use brown rice, cook it separately and combine the the beef-pepper mixture.) Top with shredded cheese.
  5. Prepare the salad.
  6. Serve Unstuffed Peppers with salad.

Freezeasy Meal Prep Directions

  1. Seed and chop 4 green bell peppers.
  2. Brown 2 lbs. ground beef with 4 Tbsp minced onion and 2 tsp garlic powder with the chopped bell peppers. Drain and set aside to cool.
  3. Open 2 cans of diced tomatoes and 2 cans of tomato sauce.

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

  • Half of the browned ground beef & bell peppers
  • Half of the diced tomatoes
  • Half of the tomato sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning

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 the skillet to reheat the meat sauce and then cook in the rice, as directed.

Dairy-Free Modifications

Omit cheese garnish for dairy-free meal.

Gluten-Free Modifications

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

Printable Label Recipe Title

Unstuffed Peppers {Filling}

Printable Label Instructions

Thaw and reheat in saucepan. Once warmed through, add rice and hot water. Cover and cook for 20 minutes, or until rice is tender.
Serve with shredded cheese garnish and salad.