Beef and Couscous Stuffed Bell Peppers

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 15 baby sweet bell peppers (about 2½-3 inches long)
  • 2/3 cup regular or spicy 100% vegetable juice
  • ½ cup frozen chopped spinach (thawed, squeezed dry)
  • ¼ cup uncooked whole wheat or regular couscous
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan, Monterey Jack, white Cheddar or Italian-blend cheese

Directions

Heat oven to 400° F. Cut bell peppers in half lengthwise; remove seeds and membranes, but not stem. Place peppers, cut-sides up, on two rimmed baking sheets.

Combine Ground Beef, vegetable juice, spinach, couscous, garlic, oregano, salt and black pepper in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Spoon beef mixture evenly into peppers. Sprinkle with cheese.

Bake, uncovered, in 400° F oven 25-30 minutes or until instant-read thermometer inserted into center of pepper registers 160° F and peppers begin to brown. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

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