Tonight I made a new recipe, Chicken, Leek & Couscous Stuffed Peppers and I have to pat myself on the back because it was really good. For this dish I tried something new, Tyson ground chicken. Walmart carries Tyson ground chicken, you can see my photos from my shopping trip on Google+, which is fresh and all natural. Normally I use ground beef in my classic stuffed peppers but I wanted to try to do something new and some different flavors this time, plus a bit healthier. Leeks go great with chicken with their milder than onion flavor and I added some carrots and red pepper for extra vitamins, a bit of texture and color. Instead of rice I used whole wheat couscous which is super simple to make because you just have to heat up some stock and then pour in the couscous and let it sit for 5 minutes. You could also try quinoa or rice in this instead if you wanted. To bring a bit of tang into the dish I decided to use a 3 cheese Italian blend which gives lots of flavor with less cheese and less fat and it is not so gooey as other cheeses. It’s not that gooey is bad, but it would just be too overpowering for this stuffing I think. So here are a few step by step photos and the full recipe is at the end of the post.
Whenever I make a new recipe I try to gather up everything I think I am going to use ahead of time. It just makes it easier for me. The only drawback of doing this is that I have very little counter space so sometimes it gets a bit crowded.
Since I started on my weight loss journey I have found I eat a lot of chicken and turkey, but I had not tried ground chicken before. Today I am going to try Tyson All Natural Fresh Ground Chicken. It comes in these one pound “chubs” (that’s there name for it) and is with the other fresh meat at the store.
I started by browning the ground chicken. I added a bit of salt, pepper, ground cumin, and garlic powder.
Leeks are a part of the onion family, but less intense in flavor. If you have not tried them before you should. I love the little root end, looks like an alien.
Leeks grow up through the soil so they are quite dirty. Split them down the middle and you will see lots of dirt.
The easiest way to clean the leeks is to split them, then slice, and then soak in a bowl of cold water and swish them around to get the dirt off.
Walmart did not have any whole carrots today. I opted for the shredded carrots and then just chopped them up a bit more.
Sautee the carrots and the red pepper first in a bit of butter. These take the longest to cook. I just use the same pan that I used to brown the ground chicken.
Now add in the leeks to the carrots and peppers, plus some stock.
Split your peppers in half and clean out the seeds and the membranes. I used orange and yellow today, but you could use green also. Don’t these orange peppers look like they are screaming?
To the vegetable mixture you add back the ground chicken and the cooked couscous plus the cheese. This is where you need to adjust the seasonings to your liking also.
Now stuff the peppers with the ground chicken, leek, and couscous mixture. For my family we like the stuffing the best so I have more of that in the bottom of the dish and then I set the stuffed peppers on top of it. You could easily stuff 4-8 peppers with this amount of stuffing depending on the pepper size.
Top each pepper with some extra cheese and then pop it into the oven for 30 minutes.
Here is the finished dish right out of the oven.
Turn the broiler on the last minute or so to get the cheese on top all nice and bubbly and brown and a little crispy! We fight over this part at our house. Do you?
This dish turned out really well I think. It was a comfort type of food, even though it was updated with different ingredients like the Tyson ground chicken and the whole wheat couscous. Plus there were new tomatoes or tomato sauce in this version of stuffed peppers. The ground chicken tastes like just that, chicken that is ground. And you know chicken, it takes on the flavors of what you add to it. You could easily change up the spices in this recipe for more options even. It will be a make again recipe in my house!
So what do you think? Will this be a recipe you try? Have you used Tyson ground chicken yourself in any recipes?
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