Pamper your thyroid with Beef-stuffed Baby Bell Peppers!
Bell peppers, spinach and protein-rich beef provide nutrients that help keep your thyroid humming along!
15 baby sweet bell peppers
1 lb. ground beef
2/3 cup V8 juice (regular or spicy)
1/2 cup frozen spinach, thawed, squeezed dry and chopped
uncooked whole-wheat couscous
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 cup Parmesan, Monterey Jack or white Cheddar cheese
Heat oven to 400°F. Cut bell peppers in half lengthwise; remove seeds and membranes, leaving stems intact. Place peppers, cut sides up, on two rimmed baking sheets or broiler pans. Combine ground beef, V8, spinach, couscous, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper in large bowl; mix thoroughly. Spoon beef mixture evenly into pepper halves; sprinkle with cheese. Bake, uncovered, until peppers begin to brown and a thermometer inserted into the center of a pepper registers 160°F (approximately 25 to 30 minutes). Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Makes four main course servings or 30 appetizers.