SLOW COOKER STUFFED PEPPER CASSEROLE




This meal can feed a crowd for sure!  I had to use two dishes, as you can see.






This is a very meaty, saucy and cheesy dish that would be great served with cauli mash or cauli rice.






SLOW COOKER STUFFED PEPPER CASSEROLE

So much easier than making individual stuffed peppers. Very tasty supper casserole for any week night. This recipe will feed a crowd.  If you would like to spice this up a bit, you can change out 1 lb of the ground beef for ground sausage meat or use some hot sauce or red pepper flakes.  In fact, I highly recommend adding some red pepper flakes; you can then reduce the black pepper by 1 tsp.  If you would like a thicker meat sauce, use only 1 cup (250 mL) water.



3 lbs lean ground beef (1.4 kg)
24 oz large bell peppers, chopped (0.68 kg)
11/cups water, divided (400 mL)
14 oz fresh plum tomatoes, (396 g)
  chopped, OR 1 can diced tomatoes
1 tbsp crushed garlic (15 mL)
1 tbsp Montreal Steak Spice (15 mL)
2 tsp salt (10 mL)
2 tsp black pepper (10 mL)
1 tsp dried oregano (5 mL)
1 tsp dried basil (5 mL)
3 cups grated sharp Cheddar cheese, OR (750 mL)
  more, to taste

In large frying pan, over medium heat, brown ground beef, breaking it up real small with the spatula.  Set bell peppers aside after chopping.

In blender, combine 1 cup (250 mL) water, tomatoes, garlic, Montreal Steak Spice, salt, black pepper, oregano and basil; blend.  Pour over meat and continue to cook for a while.  Pour carefully into large slow cooker.  Place peppers on top and stir to combine.  Stir in the remaining 1/cup (150 mL) water. 

Cook on high 4 to 5 hours or on low for 6 to 7 hours.  If necessary, stir about 1 tsp (5 mL) cornstarch into the meat and vegetables at the end to thicken the sauce a bit. 

Fill a 9 x 13-inch (23 x 33 cm) casserole dish and an 8-inch (20 cm) square dish with the meat and vegetable mixture.  Sprinkle with Cheddar cheese and place in 350°F (180°C) oven 20 minutes.  Serve with sour cream, if desired.  This would be good with cauli-mash on the side or cauli-rice mixed with some cooked quinoa (a seed, not a grain and useful in pre-maintenance stages of Atkins).

Yield:  12 servings
1 serving
389.0 calories
29.5 g protein
27.2 g fat
1.3 g fiber
4.7 g net carbs


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Many glossy color pages of photos (of which the greatest number of photos are in the Anniversary Edition; volume 11) are in the center of the cookbooks to inspire you to cook or bake something delicious for your family.  



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This is a collaborative effort between low-carbing friends and thus the name, "Low-Carbing Among Friends".  Those were giddy days as we were a big fish in a small pond and now it is just the other way around. Nowadays we are competing against thousands of low-carb cookbooks and many Kindle cookbooks are being given away for free.  However, I believe in our cookbooks and I love using them myself, and I hope others, too, will still get to enjoy them for many years to come!

This is a very large cookbook with 296 pages.  If you even buy 1 cookbook, I would recommend one like this because you have a huge variety to choose from and from different authors as well.  The book has been through 3 Editions (revisions).  The recipes are sorted by category with each author contributing recipes.  The recipes range from very low-carb (below 5 grams of carbs) to below 10 grams of carbs per serving. and it is safe to say most recipes are below 5 grams of carbs per serving.  The recipes are also all gluten-free.

Several glossy color pages of photos are in the center of the cookbook to inspire you to cook or bake something delicious for your family.  For photos you can look at right now, go to amongfriends.us and look under Recipes for the photos inside each cookbook.  The Addendum category with the Indices is out-of-date.  The Index of the 3rd edition is much easier to navigate than what we originally had in the first edition of this cookbook which came out November 11th, 2011.  The 3rd edition (revised) came out in November, 2015.

The Introduction is by George Stella and there is a comprehensive Helpful Hints section with useful measurements' guide for liquid sweeteners such as sucralose and stevia.  Even I refer back to this guide from time to time.  Super useful to have in the kitchen in your LCAF's low-carb cookbook!  Several doctors wrote articles for this cookbook: The Diet Doctor (Andres Eenfeldt), Dr. Parker, Dr. Robert Su and Dr. John Briffa.

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Seafood  - Coconut Almond Shrimp, Finger-food Tuna Snacks
Veggies - Bacon-wrapped Jalapeno Poppers, Stuffed Celery Sticks

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Low-carb Milk
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Hot Cocoa Supreme

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Biscuits
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Banana Walnut Bread, Carrot Zucchini Loaf
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Fish and Shellfish - Baked Parmesan Shrimp, Roasted Pecan Herb Salmon, Tuna Burgers
Miscellaneous - Taco Dog
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Salads:
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Cakes
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Cheesecakes
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Coconut Squares, Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy
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Pies
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Puddings
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