Stuff your belly marinara peppers

Ground beef and marinara sauce go together just like peanut butter and jelly (Yummmm…).  Sorry, its been awhile.  Anyways, we built this master piece and wanted to shout from the top of our lungs on how good it is.  



– 18oz of ground beef 16P

– 4 bell peppers (red, green, yellow, orange, purple???  Just making sure you are there) 4C

– 2/3cup white onion chopped  1C

– 3cups of low sugar content marinara sauce  6C

– 24 Almonds crushed (place in a ziplock bag and crush with the marinara jar) 8F

– 1 clove minced  Freebie

– 4cups of spinach 1C

– 1/2tsp red pepper flakes  Freebie

– 1/2tsp of Mrs. Dash seasoning  Freebie



Cook the ground beef, garlic, onions, and seasonings in a medium sized pan.  While the beef is cooking, prep your bell peppers; cut the tops off the peppers and core the inside.  Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees F  When beef has browned, drain the fat out of the pan.  Place the meat back on heat, add 2 cups of marinara, crushed red peppers, crushed almonds and spinach cook for another 2 minutes.

Take the beef marinara mix off the stove.  Place the mix evenly into the four peppers.  Place the stuffed peppers in a pyrex that is sprayed with non-stick spray.  Place in the oven for 20 minutes to let the peppers blister.  

Place the peppers on a serving dish and cover with the remaining cup of marinara spread a 1/4cup over all four.  Uhh, can you say delicious!?! 

This recipe makes 18P, 12C, 8F.  If evenly seperated, this will make 4 meals at 3P, 3C, 2F.  Add some tasty guac or avos for additional fats. (1.5oz of ground beef per block of protein)

Top pepper


  1. Trixie :

    Hmm, I though once cooked meat loses 20% so, 4oz raw would end up being 3oz wouldn’t this recipe be more like 3 servings at 4 blocks??? Maybe I’ve been doing it wrong all along.

  2. Mas :

    You are right, Joylyn and I were on different wave lengths on this recipe. Follow what Joylyn had posted on the hamburger post. 1.5oz of ground beef per block of protein.
    This recipe will make 4 servings at 3 blocks of protein when you add a total of 18oz of ground beef.
    If you are using lean ground beef such as long horn steer like we are, you will not lose much when you cook it. Which is the case for this meal.
    Rule of thumb: measure 1.5oz for any ground protein including turkey, beef, pork, etc.
    I hope this cleared things up and thank you for your response.

  3. Trixie :

    Okay, thanks!!! I just wanted to make sure I was “Zoning” right:) BTW: Love all your recipes!!!

  4. Rosa Poetschke :

    question – i’m not sure that it matters since I just dumped it in with the marinara, but should I have added the crushed almonds at any specific point?
    BTW – love this recipe – I loved adding the spinach, great touch!

  5. mas :

    Rosa, thanks for the heads up. The almonds should be added into the meat mixture when you add the marinara and spinach. I am glad you like it!!

  6. Licia :

    I’ve been cooking this recipe over and over, thank you!

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