Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Peppers & Meatballs

Easy recipe alert!  I was really hungry for meatballs the other day and I just happened to have some in my freezer, but what do you do with just meatballs?  I really only ever think of them as an appetizer so I was trying to come up with a way to have them as a main ingredient in dinner.

I looked expectantly into my fridge and staring at me were some yellow and orange bell peppers...and Peppers and Meatballs was born!  Now, I know that I'm not the creator of something so brilliant - surely, somewhere in the Universe someone eats this combination all of the time.  But when you're tired, hungry and don't want to think, it feels pretty good to come up with something on the spur of the moment that tastes so good!

24 frozen turkey meatballs
2-3 bell peppers (any kind will do, just chop them nice and big)
1/2 cup to 3/4 cup BBQ sauce (I use Sticky Fingers because it's only 40 calories for 2T)
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
Nonstick spray
You could also cut up onion, too - that would be yum!

Heat the meatballs according to package directions.  I warmed up the BBQ sauce and simmered the meatballs for about 20 minutes, but you could microwave them for a quicker option.

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat.  Spray with nonstick spray.

Toss the bell peppers into the skillet and saute for about 6 minutes - enough to brown a little bit, but not to soften them up.

Add the warmed-up meatballs and BBQ sauce to the pepper mix and stir to incorporate.  Simmer for about 1 minute, sprinkle with red pepper flakes, and then remove from heat.

Serve!  Super easy and super yum!

Serves 4
Calories 270 / Carbs 29g / Fat 11g / Protein 14g / Fiber 2g / Sodium 1273mg


  1. uhm you are trying to win me over with your fabulous recipes and it's totally worked. I love bell peppers, fave veggie for sure, and paired with BBQ and meat balls?! um I'm so in!

    1. I'll do whatever I can to win you over, Robyn, lol!!! Hope you get to try them - so super easy and yum!!


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