Stuffed peppers are one of my favorite dinners. We had them for dinner a lot when I was a kid. I had some odds and ends around, but not quite enough to make the number of peppers I’d like. So, why not make it a casserole? The rice in this Italian Zucchini Pepper Casserole stretches the ground turkey (or beef, your choice) a little further.
It’s very important that you buy parboiled brown rice if you want to cook everything together in this recipe as directed. Parboiled brown rice takes about 15-20 minutes. So, it’s not minute rice and it’s not the plain one that takes 40-50 minutes. If you have an Aldi store, they have Quick Cook Brown rice. If you don’t, Uncle Ben’s makes one. The one at my store is in a bag and the back specifically says parboiled. You can use the rice that’s already cooked in the microwaved bags or left over rice you have on hand, but don’t cook it along with the turkey and peppers. Simply dump it in and heat it up with everything at the end before you serve or bake the casserole.
Casseroles are just comfort. You can curl up on the couch and start binge watching your favorite show while digging into a big bowl of Italian Zucchini Pepper Casserole.
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