Serving Size:
1 pepper

    Diet Types:
  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Diabetes
  • Dialysis


  • 8 large green peppers
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 tablespoon sweet Hungarian paprika
  • 1/2 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.

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. 

Nutrients per serving

Calories 263

Protein 25 g

Carbohydrates 16 g

Fat 11 g

Cholesterol 115 mg

Sodium 303 mg

Potassium 594 mg

Phosphorus 256 mg

Calcium 57 mg

Fiber 3.7 g

Kidney and kidney diabetic food choices

  • 3 meat
  • 2 vegetables, high potassium

Carbohydrate choices


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