Trade those soggy buns for tender-crisp, baked red peppers!

1 pound ground beef
¼ cup chopped onion, about 1 ounce
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes packed in garlic oil, snipped or diced*
¾ cup tomato sauce
Sugar substitute equal to 1 teaspoon sugar
1 ½ teaspoons white vinegar
1 ½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
½ teaspoon dry mustard
½ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
3 red bell peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded

Preheat oven to 350º F. Grease a 9- by 9-inch baking pan or dish.

Cook the ground beef in a skillet until it starts to brown. Drain off extra fat and add onion, celery, and garlic (use an extra clove of garlic if sun-dried tomatoes are not packed in garlic-flavored oil). Add dried tomatoes and some of the garlic-flavored oil. Stir in all remaining ingredients except the cheese and red peppers. Simmer 10 minutes. Stir half the cheese into the hamburger mixture. Place peppers in greased baking dish and fill with the meat and cheese mixture. Top with remaining cheese. Bake at 350º F for 20 to 25 minutes until hot and bubbly and peppers are tender-crisp.

Makes 6 servings
Per Serving: about 4.9g Net Carbs

This recipe was inspired by one on Linda Sue Genaw’s website at Thanks, Linda!

Note: *Use purchased dried tomatoes packed in garlic-flavored olive oil or increase garlic to 2 cloves and use dried tomatoes that have been covered with olive oil and heated until softened.

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Judy Barnes Baker

The working title for my first book was, “You’ll Never Know What You Are Missing.” It summed up my goal: to make eating for health synonymous with eating for pleasure. Once you discover the secret, you will find that the very best food for weight management, longevity, the treatment and prevention of disease, and over-all health and happiness is also the most sumptuous, satisfying, and indulgent way of eating the world has to offer. You are invited to the feast. Enjoy!
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Joe Lindley
12 years ago


This looks fantastic. It's printing now and I'll try it. Thanks!