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Eat for Eight Bucks: Stuffed Peppers

[Photograph: Robin Bellinger]

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2 green peppers: $1.65
1/3 pound ground turkey breast: $2.00
3/4 cup uncooked millet: $0.50
1 onion: $0.25
1 sweet potato: $1.50
Lettuce: $2.00

Pantry items: Salt, pepper, olive oil, salad dressing.

Total cost (for 2 portions): $7.90

I had forgotten all about stuffed peppers until recently, when I was suffering a fit of grocery-list-writer's-block and my husband, Andrew, suggested them. They came together so quickly and served as such a tasty catch-all for refrigerated odds and ends that I won't soon forget them again. With a green salad, a single pepper satisfies one reasonable appetite.

Bread crumbs might be a little yummier, but millet is healthy and didn't taste half bad. Cooked rice and quinoa would also be perfect. Where Jacques P├ępin uses mushrooms and zucchini, I used the roasted sweet potato sitting in my refrigerator. In the past we've used turkey sausage instead of plain turkey, and that was mighty fine. This simply flavored version is good, too, but if you know you require more flavor, cumin, chile powder, and/or pimenton would all be good additions to the stuffing.

Stuffed Green Peppers

About the author: Robin Bellinger is a freelance editor and shameless cookie addict. She lives in San Francisco and blogs about what she feeds her husband and her daughter at home*economics.

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