February Recipes of the Month

Skinny Stuffed Peppers


5 Large Green Bell Peppers

1.25 Lb. Lean Turkey Sausage – 5 Links (Casing Removed)

1/2 Medium Onion, Diced

5 Garlic Cloves, Minced

28 Oz. Crushed Tomatoes, No Salt Added

1/2 Tsp. Dried Basil

1/2 Tsp. Dried Parsley

1/2 C. Instant Brown Rice, Uncooked

10 Tbsp. Reduced Fat Italian Blend Cheese, Shredded

Salt & Pepper to Taste


  • Cut the tops off the peppers and set aside.
  • Use a spoon to hollow out the insides of the peppers, removing the seeds and veins as best you can.
  • Place the cleaned out peppers into the crock pot with about 1-2 inches of water inside at the bottom of a large (7-8 qt.) slow cooker.
  • Brown the sausage, onion and garlic until cooked through. Then add the crushed tomatoes and seasonings and combine with uncooked rice.
  • Place the tops of peppers back on and cook on high 6-8, low 4-6
  • Once done remove tops and put 2 tbsp cheese on top replace lid and cook 3-5 minutes.


Zucchini Cheesy Bread


3 medium zucchinis, or about 4 cups grated zucchini
2 large eggs
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
3 c. shredded mozzarella, divided
1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan
1/4 c. cornstarch
kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper
pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
2 tsp. Freshly Chopped Parsley
Marinara, for dipping


  • Preheat oven to 425º and line a baking sheet with parchment. On a box grater or in a food processor, grate zucchini. Using cheesecloth or a dish towel, wring excess moisture out of zucchini.
  • Transfer zucchini to a large bowl with eggs, garlic, oregano, 1 cup mozzarella, Parmesan, and cornstarch and season with salt and pepper. Stir until completely combined.
  • Transfer “dough” to prepared baking sheet and pat into a crust. Bake until golden and dried out, 25 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with remaining 2 cups mozzarella, crushed red pepper flakes, and parsley and bake until cheese is melted, 8 to 10 minutes more.
  • Slice and serve with marinara.
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