Tuna and Avocado Stuffed Peppers

stuffed peppers recipe picWhat do you think of when you hear the words “fast food?” A picture of a greasy cheeseburger and reheated French fries may pop in your mind. Although this image has become synonymous with fast food, quick does not have to mean unhealthy. Some of my favorite meals are quick, delicious and nutritious, like these tuna and avocado stuffed peppers.  I usually love to sauté my peppers, but this no-fuss recipe is a great way to change up your meals and add additional health benefits. For example, fish is a wonderful source of EPA and DHA. According to an article published by Yahoo Health recently, these two components can play an important role in eye health by keeping your vision sharp. Adding fish to your diet a couple times a week could also lower your risk of heart disease, stabilize your blood pressure and improve your brain function.

Here’s the catch: not all fish are created equally, so you have to choose the right one. Fatty fish like wild blue-fin tuna are an excellent way to reap these health benefits. If you are like me, you grew up putting mayonnaise in your tuna. There’s no mayo in this recipe, but the avocado adds the same fat and moisture to the dish, making it good substitute.  Combine this with brown rice, onions and peppers, and you have an appetizing, yet low maintenance meal. So, the next time you hear the words fast food, maybe you’ll envision these tuna avocado stuffed peppers instead of that greasy cheeseburger.

Ingredients:

  • 5 oz. can of blue-fin tuna, drained
  • 4 large peppers
  • 1 large avocado, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 1/4 cups of brown rice

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, then cook brown rice on stove top while oven heats.
  2. Cut off the tops of the peppers and scoop out the interior. Then place the peppers in a glass dish and bake for 15 minutes, making them tender.
  3. In a large bowl mix together the tuna, salt, onion, rice and avocado and place into peppers. Serve and enjoy!