Pepper Bites in Under 30!

As much as I would love to have a grand display every night at dinner, that's just not in the cards for me at this point in my life. Thus, my beautiful plated meal. While weeknights may not allow for a lot of extra minutes, I do know that by adding to my prep/cook time, this delicious meal could also be pretty to look at! (I mean, check out the colors!)

I can guarantee you, that this will be a meal that I whip up again... and most likely on many occasions. Somebody say, lunch! Appetizers! Finger foods! LOW CARB! Errbody's happy with this one. 

We try to stick with the healthiest possible options, so we choose super lean beef for this meal. (However, you can obviously use whatever your pretty little heart desires!) There's only two of us to feed tonight, so I only used a pound. I cooked that up and then poured it all into a casserole dish. I mixed in some sugar free marinara sauce, sprinkled with garlic powder, onion powder, and crushed black pepper, and then topped that with (you guessed it) TURKEY pepperoni, and shredded cheese. (We like colby jack, but mozzarella and parmesan would have been divine, too!) 

My husband isn't much on veggies. (He gets all of his in via shake each day.) I refuse to go that route, so peppers are my bff. I had planned to dice them up, cook them separately, and toss them into the dish once plated, but I just didn't want to spend that extra time, so I had an idea. Slice them in half and just plop them onto the meats and cheese! 

Once I did that, I covered with aluminum foil and baked for 17 minutes at 350F. Pulled it out and let it set for only a minute or two. I pulled off the peppers and put them on a plate for me.

Then, I scooped out a little more than half of this for my husband and saved the rest for yours truly. I took spoonsful of the goodness and laid them right on top of each pepper half. 

Voila! Dinner was delicious and done in under 30 minutes!

                                                        Pepper bites > bagel bites, for realz.

Next time I make this, I'm going to use mushroom caps and use this same concept for my sweets! He's pretty fond of them. I, however, am totally sticking with the peppers.

Try them out and let me know what you think!

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