15 Minute Meal: Roasted Peppers stuffed with Rice and Beef

Being a student and eating well requires a certain amount of dedication.

It has become far too easy to bung a meal in the microwave or settle for the same tomato pasta every night – quick, easy, and semi-satisfying. But these make-shift meals often have tons of salt, sugar (yes, you should read the back of your jar of pasta sauce), and saturated fat. Not to mention all the great nutrition you’re missing out on by limiting yourself to carb heavy food, day in, day out. So, I have something different to add to your recipe repertoire – something high-protein, low-carb, and super quick.

    Roasted Bell Peppers stuffed with Cauliflower Rice and Minced Beef

Ingredients (serves 1)

1 bell pepper, colour of your choice
¼ cauliflower
100g minced beef
1 cup passata
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ white onion, chopped
2 tsp Italian seasoning (a combination of basil & oregano will work, too)
1 tsp mustard
A splash of Tabasco
A handful of spinach
A handful of pumpkin seeds (optional – but a great source of zinc and omega 3 fatty acids)
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Method

1. Cut the bell pepper in half lengthways, drizzle the halves in olive oil, and place them in a preheated oven.

2. Meanwhile, on a medium heat, brown the mince in a pan with some oil for 3-4 minutes.

3. Add the onion, garlic and the Italian seasoning to the pan with the mince and sauté for another 5 minutes.

4. Stir in the passata, mustard, and Tabasco and lightly cover the pan with foil, leaving to simmer for another 6-8 minutes.

5. After 6-8 minutes, grate the raw cauliflower directly into the pan, taste and season with salt and pepper. Leave whilst you get the pepper out the oven.

6. Drain out any excess oil from the pepper and place the spinach in there as the first layer.

7. Spoon in the mince and cauliflower from the pan. Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds and serve with a big green salad.

Optimum nutrition is vital for a healthy body and a healthy body equates to a healthy mind. Who doesn’t want that? So ditch the microwave meals, jacket potatoes, and easy pastas, and give your evening meal an extra ten minutes for a yummy, nutritious change!

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