Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  221
  • Protein  26 g
  • Carbohydrates  9 g
  • Fat  9 g
  • Cholesterol  96 mg
  • Sodium  292 mg
  • Potassium  565 mg
  • Phosphorus  270 mg
  • Calcium  42 mg
  • Fiber  2.0 g

Turkey Stuffed Green Peppers

Try this kidney-friendly recipe for Turkey Stuffed Green Peppers at your next dinner.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Anne from Pennsylvania.

Portions: 8     Serving size: 1 pepper


  • 8 large green peppers
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 cup cooked white rice
  • 1 tablespoon sweet Hungarian paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 medium onion, finely minced
  • 3 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup low-sodium beef broth 


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Remove stems from peppers and clean seeds and membranes from inside.
  3. Mix turkey, rice, egg, onion, garlic and seasonings well.
  4. Stuff peppers with meat mixture.
  5. Place peppers in a large roaster.
  6. Pour crushed tomatoes and broth over peppers
  7. Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 3 meat
  • 2 vegetables, medium potassium

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Use ground turkey breast for the leanest possible filling, but lean ground beef and lean ground pork tenderloin are also heart-healthy fillings.
  • If you are not on a potassium restricted diet, use a 16-oz. can of crushed tomatoes.
  • Make a double batch and freeze individual peppers for an easy meal when you don’t feel like cooking.
  • Stuffed peppers are ubiquitous throughout Central and Eastern Europe.  Seasoning and what type of meat with which they are stuffed vary not only from region to region, but within regions.  Some use 100% ground beef, others use 100% ground pork, and others use a mixture.
  • For a lower protein diet you can use one pound of turkey and increase the rice to 3 cups. 

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Turkey Stuffed Green Peppers

Namesx3 says:


Instead of tomatoes, I used the roasted red pepper tomato sauce recipe. Also, halved and stuffed peppers for lower protein, froze rest.

Aug. 02, 2014, 3:11 PM - Inappropriate review?

Turkey Stuffed Green Peppers

slank says:


I really enjoyed this recipe. I found that we all could eat just the filling by itself.

Feb. 28, 2012, 11:23 AM - Inappropriate review?

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