Protein Packed Peppers

I woke up feeling inspired to create something beautiful for brunch. My guess is that this inspiration came from late night pinteresting, but that’s neither here nor there. I don’t know why it seems like a good idea to look at all sorts of beautiful food pictures at night, because it creates a hunger that wasn’t there before.

Anyway, I knew it wasn’t a typical pancake or waffle day, I wanted to really develop some FOOD! However, I just created a meal plan for the week and shopped specifically for it, so I had to work with the ingredients I purchased just 12 hours prior.

This lead me to… protein brunch peppers! They really are kind of cute, and they are filled with nothing but goodness, and less than 200 calories per pepper, so they are perfect for a snack or even to pair with some yummy pastry (clean, of course!).

The only downside is that they take a little longer to prepare than my usual goodies, but if you know you’re making these ahead of time, you can make some of this the night before!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 6 egg whites
  • 2 bell peppers, color of choice
  • 2 tablespoons mozzarella shredded cheese, divided into 2
  • 1/4th avocado, sliced into tiny pieces
  • 2 slices of turkey bacon

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, cut the stem off of each pepper and wash the seeds out of the inside. In a baking dish deep enough to hold pepper upright, bake the peppers for 25 minutes until soft. Cook turkey bacon on a cookie sheet in the stove for 10 minutes or until cooked through. During the last 10 minutes of the pepper-cooking-sesh, mix 6 egg whites, 3 tablespoons of 2% cottage cheese, 1/2 tablespoon salt free seasoning of choice (I used Flavorgod Everything seasoning), and avocado. Cook over medium heat until cooked through and fluffy. Chop turkey bacon into small pieces and add into egg mixture.

pepper before

pepper cut

Once egg mixture and peppers are cooked separately, spoon 1/2 of the egg mixture into each pepper and cover each with cheese. Return to oven for 10 minutes or until cheese is completely melted.

Hubby isn’t a big fan of mozzarella cheese, so his is topped with a blend, which I’ll admit, makes his pepper look a little prettier than mine.

pepper done

pepper 2

No matter how it looks, it’s delicious, packed with protein, and it involves brunch, so you can’t go wrong!

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