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Whole30 & Paleo Pizza Stuffed Peppers

If you are missing pizza on your Whole30 or low carb diet, you’ll want to make these Paleo Pizza Stuffed Peppers that’s delicious and full of hidden veggies!

Whole30 Paleo Pizza Stuffed Peppers

This is a recipe that’s easy to make, healthy while tasting indulgent, and so fun to eat for both adults and kids. One of the things I miss on my paleo/gluten free diet is a good slice of pizza. I lived in NYC for 10 years and my love for pizza still stays strong. So I have a few recipes already that replicate that delicious pizza taste, and this is one of my favorites.

These Whole30 & Paleo Pizza Stuffed Peppers are jam packed with your favorite pizza flavors, and you can customize it with various toppings. I added pepperoni to mine because I freakin’ love pepperoni. If you aren’t on a sugar detox and/or if you are looking to make this more keto and higher in fat, you can always add some cheese as well. I don’t do well on most dairy so I left it out and it was still delicious.

Whole30 Paleo Pizza Stuffed Peppers

I also snuck in some extra nutrients in these Paleo Pizza Stuffed Peppers by having half of the filling be cauliflower rice instead of all meat. So if you have picky eaters in your house who eat around the veggies on their plates, you can be sure that they’ll eat all vegetables in this recipe without even knowing.

Eating healthy does not have to be bland, tasteless, and boring, and these Paleo Pizza Stuffed Peppers are a definite proof of that. If you try out this recipe, let me know what you think of it below! I seriously love hearing your thoughts and comments, and it helps me keep improving my content. Thanks all!

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Whole3 & Paleo Pizza Stuffed Peppers

Course: Main Course
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 53 minutes
Total Time: 58 minutes
Servings: 4 stuffed bell peppers
Author: Jean Choi

If you are missing pizza on your Whole30 or low carb diet, you'll want to make these Paleo Pizza Stuffed Peppers that's delicious and full of hidden veggies!

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Ingredients

  • 4 bell peppers any color
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 2 cups cauliflower rice about 1/2 head of cauliflower
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cup marinara or pizza sauce sugar free
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Optional: 2 oz chopped pepperoni*, plus more for topping omit for sugar detox
  • Optional: Your favorite shredded cheese
  • Chopped basil leaves, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, and/or your favorite topping for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F, and grease a baking dish just big enough to fit the 4 bell peppers standing upright.

  2. Slice off the tops of the bell peppers and scrape out the seeds and membranes.

  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat, then add the bell peppers to the water and let them boil for 10 minutes.

  4. Transfer the bell peppers to the baking dish, standing them upright. 

  5. Heat coconut oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. 

  6. Add onion and garlic and cook stirring for 3 minutes.

  7. Add ground beef, cauliflower rice, sea salt, and ground pepper. Cook stirring until the beef is browned and the cauliflower rice is soft and cooked through, about 5-7 minutes. 

  8. Add marinara or pizza sauce and dried oregano, and stir into the mixture. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the sauce is heated through and thickened.

  9. Remove from heat and stir in pepperoni, if using.*

  10. Spoon the meat mixture into the bell peppers evenly until they are all filled up. Top with more pepperoni pieces and cheese, if using.

  11. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.

  12. Serve sprinkled with your favorite toppings. 

Recipe Notes

* If you aren't using pepperoni, you may want to add a bit more sea salt to taste.

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Roasted Red Pepper Zucchini Hummus (Paleo, Vegan) [VIDEO]

This paleo and vegan roasted red pepper zucchini hummus is nut free and grain free, and it’s a delicious low-carb alternative to the chickpea version!

Roasted Red Pepper Zucchini Hummus paleo vegan

When I used to be a hummus lover (and boy, did I eat a TON of it), I used to always get the roasted red pepper flavor because it was so delicious. These days, I don’t eat much grains anymore, except for white rice occasionally, but I do get a hankering for a good hummus dip to go with my veggies and crackers now and then.

Recently, I’ve been seeing zucchini being used in such creative ways, like getting blended into smoothies and sauces to create a creamy texture. So I thought, why not try to make a hummus with it?

I was so surprised to find out how well this recipe turned out, especially after sweating out the zucchini to remove the moisture. I just love the versatility of this vegetable and I’m so happy I found a way to enjoy hummus without grains or nuts (which many paleo hummus is made of).

I’ve been eating this with almost everything (it was ESPECIALLY amazing on some grilled pork chops) and I just can’t get enough!

Roasted Red Pepper Zucchini Hummus paleo vegan

If you don’t love roasted red peppers, you can just do without it for a regular hummus or customize it any way you want! I’m planning to make an olive version next.

The video I posted above shows that I used 2 red bell peppers, but I’m adjusting the recipe to use one so you can taste the hummus part more than the bell peppers. I ended up doubling the other ingredients to blend again to even out the flavors, so excuse the minor detail error.

If you are avoiding grains and/or nuts, or if you are just looking for a great low carb dip recipe, try out this Roasted Red Pepper Zucchini Hummus and you’ll want to slather it on ALL the things!

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Roasted Red Pepper Zucchini Hummus paleo vegan

Roasted Red Pepper Zucchini Hummus (Paleo, Vegan)

Course: Appetizer, Condiment
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Prep Time: 55 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 7 minutes
Author: Jean Choi

This paleo and vegan roasted red pepper zucchini hummus is nut free and grain free, and it's a delicious low-carb alternative to the chickpea version!

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups of peeled and cubed zucchini about 1 large zucchini
  • 1 red bell pepper halved, seeded, and cored
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • Optional: Fresh herbs, paprika, and/or olive oil for garnish

Instructions

  1. Use 1/2 tsp of sea salt to salt the zucchini and toss. Let sit for 20 minutes in a colander, then pat dry with a paper towel.
  2. Heat the oven to broil.
  3. Place the bell pepper on a baking sheet with the skin side up. Broil them for 5-10 minutes until the skin is black and charred.
  4. Place the bell pepper in a bowl, and cover with a plate so it can steam for 5 minutes. Uncover, peel the skin, then cut into chunks.
  5. In a food processor, combine lemon juice and tahini and blend until creamy.
  6. Add zucchini, olive oil, garlic, and 1/2 tsp of sea salt. Blend.
  7. Finally, add the roasted red peppers and blend until creamy. Add more salt if needed.
  8. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes so the hummus can thicken.
  9. Garnish with herbs, paprika or more olive oil, and serve cold.

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Roasted Bell Pepper & Eggplant Salad

This paleo & vegan roasted bell pepper & eggplant salad is a delicious and healthy way to enjoy your vegetables!

Roasted Bell Pepper and Eggplant SaladI can’t believe how lacking I am on salad posts! I eat a Hugh Jass salad at least once a day and it’s one of my favorite ways to incorporate veggies into my diet. It makes sense though because the way I make salads is by putting whatever vegetables I find in the fridge and it’s difficult and almost seems pointless to write that down as a recipe.

But this roasted bell pepper and eggplant salad is different. The combination of the ingredients’ specific flavors meld together so well that it was worth posting after make it. I absolutely love the crunchiness of the toasted almonds and the smokiness of roasted bell peppers. The eggplants are a delicious, meaty addition and this salad could be eaten as a whole meal on its own or as a side to a tasty protein.

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Also, I just came back from a week of traveling to Michigan for a wedding, where I had a bit too much sugar than normal combined with lack of sleep and traveling issues coming back home (which means STRESS!), and all I’m craving now is TONS of veggies to get my body back in balance. This means all the salads, meat, and low sugar for the next few days which I do not hate at all. I’m planning to triple this recipe and keep it on hand in the fridge so I can reach for it easily, and I suggest you do the same because you won’t regret it!

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Roasted Bell Pepper & Eggplant Salad

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Jean Choi

This paleo & vegan roasted bell pepper & eggplant salad is a delicious and healthy way to enjoy your vegetables!

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Ingredients

  • 1 eggplant cut into 1/4 inch cubes
  • 3 tbsp almonds
  • 2 red, yellow, or orange bell peppers halved, seeded, and cored
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil or ghee
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives roughly chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced Omit for low FODMAP
  • 3 tbsp fresh cilantro
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 + 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Place the eggplant cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet and toss with ghee and 1/4 tsp sea salt.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, tossing them halfway through.
  4. While the eggplants are baking, heat a skillet over medium heat.
  5. Toast the almonds in a skillet for 2-3 minutes while tossing them frequently. They should be golden and give a toasty aroma at the end.
  6. Transfer the almonds to a cutting board, let cool, then give them a rough chop.
  7. Once the eggplants are done, remove from the oven to cool.
  8. Crank up the oven to broil and place the bell peppers on a baking sheet with the skin side up.
  9. Broil the bell peppers for 5 minutes until the skin is black and charred.
  10. Place the bell peppers in a bowl, and cover with a plate so they can steam for 5 minutes.
  11. Uncover the bell peppers, peel the skin, then cut them lengthwise into thin strips.
  12. Place the eggplant cubes, bell pepper strips, almonds, and the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl and toss well.
  13. Chill for at least 1 hour before serving.

 

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