The first time I ever made Bolognese Stuffed Bell Pepper, I fell in love. The filling was creamy and delicious and far surpassed any other stuffed bell pepper I had ever had and was so different than the typical stuffed bell pepper filling that is often dry and boring.
The other day I got into a conversation with a lovely woman at Harmon’s. I recommended the recipe on Allrecipes.com for Stuffed Bell Pepper Bolognese. She thanked me, but expressed that she’s trying to lose weight and that she worried about the nutritional value in a recipe. And I realized, that I can’t eat one of my favorite recipes as it is written. So, I decided standing right there in front of this woman that I’d change that and adapt this recipe into something healthier.
And that’s what I’m doing. I’m making it healthier. Just because you are eating healthy doesn’t mean that you can’t have the flavors and textures that you love, it just means you have to be smart about how you do it. Rice really hurts my stomach and makes me feel sick, so I replace it with something like riced cauliflower or spaghetti squash. Ground beef is high in saturated fat, so switch it out for ground turkey. You get the drift.
And I didn’t miss the rice or the ground beef. I enjoyed the food just as much as I would have the original way, if not more. I hope this recipe inspires you to adapt the recipes that you love the most but just aren’t in line with the diet you want to follow. Do everything you can to enjoy what you eat and not suffer, because good food doesn’t have to taste bad and suffering will lead you to failure. When you feel deprived you are more likely to freak out and do something you’ll regret. You can be healthy AND happy.