This Lasagna Stuffed Peppers dish is a healthy twist on two old family favorite recipes – stuffed peppers and lasagna. My grandmother and mother made stuffed peppers that were cooked on the stove in a sweet tomato sauce. But it had a lot of sugar in it. And the lasagna recipe was full of unhealthy carbs from all the noodles, and mega amounts of cheese.
I love this new recipe! Using quinoa instead of noodles makes it much healthier than traditional lasagna. It’s a lighter dish and doesn’t make you feel stuffed full. And I use much less cheese (never thought I’d be happy about using less cheese 😀 ). The healthy twist for the stuffed pepper portion is that I don’t use any sugar.
Lasagna Stuffed Peppers Filled With Good Stuff!
I used local pasture raised, grass-fed ground beef instead of meat from a commercial farm. MUCH healthier! No antibiotics, no GMOs and lots of healthy omega 3 fatty acids from eating what cattle are supposed to eat – grass, not grains.
Although a bit expensive, I used organic bell peppers. They are much sweeter than those mounds of peppers you find in the produce section of your big box grocery stores. This is because the fruit is allowed to ripen naturally, rather than being forced to “ripen” with chemicals. And the natural sweetness meant that I didn’t need to use any sweeteners!
The ricotta and mozzarella cheeses were from grass-fed cows. Cheeses made from grass-fed dairy have a better omega 3 to 6 ratio making it healthier for your heart and less inflammatory. It also has a high amount of probiotics – friendly bacteria – needed for a healthy digestive tract.
And finally the natural quinoa instead of noodles made from processed grains. Quinoa is packed with essential nutrients like vitamin E and the B vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium and folate. It’s low fat and has lots of protein, making it a great source of protein for vegetarians.
Another reason for loving this Lasagna Stuffed Peppers recipe is that it looks very fancy even though it is super easy to make 🙂
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