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Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  210
  • Protein  15 g
  • Carbohydrates  15 g
  • Fat  10 g
  • Cholesterol  44 mg
  • Sodium  255 mg
  • Potassium  408 mg
  • Phosphorus  160 mg
  • Calcium  36 mg
  • Fiber  2.7 g

Irish Pub Stuffed Bell Peppers

Looking for a special kidney-friendly recipe for Saint Patrick's Day? Irish Pub Stuffed Potatoes combines Shepherd's Pie filling, baked in a bell pepper boat, and topped with whipped potatoes (boiled twice to keep potassium in check).

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by the DaVita® dietitian team.

Portions: 8     Serving size: 1/2 stuffed pepper


  • 8 medium green bell peppers
  • 1 pound ground beef, 10% fat
  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 cups reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons instant coffee powder, dry
  • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables (carrot, corn, green beans, peas)
  • 2 cups white potato, peeled, cut into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 3 tablespoons nondairy creamer or half and half


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Leave stems on bell peppers and cut in half, from stem to bottom. With a spoon, remove seeds and membrane. Place on a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Mix cornstarch with cold water and stir until free of lumps.
  4. In a sauce pan combine beef broth, Worcestershire sauce and coffee powder. Add dissolved cornstarch and stir over medium heat until thickened.
  5. In a skillet crumble the ground beef; cook over medium heat until browned. Add mixed vegetables, stir and heat with beef until hot. Combine gravy with beef and vegetable mixture.
  6. Stuff each bell pepper half with 1/2 cup beef mixture. Place in oven and bake uncovered for 40 minutes.
  7. While peppers are baking, make reduced-potassium potatoes. Place cut-up potatoes in a pot and add 6 cups water; bring to a boil. Remove from heat and drain water. Add fresh water and boil until potatoes are tender.
  8. With a hand mixer whip potatoes with butter or margarine and nondairy creamer or half and half.
  9. Remove peppers from oven. Spread 1/4 cup whipped potatoes on top of each stuffed pepper half and serve.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 2 meat
  • 1/2 starch
  • 2 vegetables, low potassium

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • If desired, add a dash of Tabasco® sauce or reduced-sodium Worcestershire sauce before serving.
  • One teaspoon reduced-sodium Worcestershire sauce contains 45 mg sodium.
  • Substitute lamb or ground turkey for beef if desired.

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