Well here we are, two stuffed something recipes in a row! I must be in a stuffing mood as I certainly didn’t plan for this!
I had some canned chicken and tuna in the cupboard and I was wondering what to do with it as I wanted to make something fun. I was also wanting it to be an easy, healthy budget recipe meal, so I thought why not make a tuna salad and put it in sweet peppers! So here you have it, a delicious sweet stuffed pepper recipe with minimal cooking and prep work!
See my cost breakdown below for the meal, try it at home and let me know what you think!
So without further ado…let us begin!
Makes 6 generously stuffed peppers
You will need:
- 3 colorful large sweet peppers – make sure they are wide and one side is able to rest on a surface and not fall over
- 3.5 to 4 cups tuna or canned chicken
- 3 hard boiled eggs
- 1/2 cup sliced green onion
- 1/3 cup avocado mayonnaise or 1 large avocado to substitute for mayonnaise
- 1/3 cup chopped celery
- 1 tsp pepper
- optional: 1/4 cup chopped pickles
- (note: salt is usually not needed as canned items are already salty)
First you need to boil your eggs. Put the 3 eggs in a pot with 3 cups boiling water, and boil for 3 to 5 minutes. If you aren’t sure if the eggs are hard boiled or not, take one out and put on a plate or table, and spin it. Hard boiled eggs will spin fast when cooked, and raw or soft boiled eggs that will spin slowly.
When the eggs are done, remove from heat, drain the hot water and pour cold water over them so they can cool and peel easily. Peel and set aside to cool.
As your eggs are boiling, chop the green onion, celery, and pickles, if you are using them, and add to a large bowl along with the canned tuna or chicken.
By now the eggs should be cool, so dice them in chunks and add to the bowl. Next add the mayonnaise and black pepper and mix everything together.
If you are using an avocado, scoop out the insides, mash them together until they are creamy with no chunks, and add to the tuna salad. Avocadoes make great substitutions for mayonnaise.
Wash your peppers, then slice lengthwise down the middle, making sure to that each side can rest steadily on a plate. Scoop out the insides so you have a hollow shell ready for stuffing.
Scoop out about a half cup of the tuna salad and add to the pepper. If more will fit then add more. Stuff each pepper generously and arrange on a plate. Top with a bit of green onion and serve with a side of bread, crackers, potatoes or whatever you wish!
That’s it! You’ve got a really easy, delicious meal which probably took about 15 minutes to make!
These stuffed peppers will store great in the fridge, though it’s best to keep the tuna salad and peppers separate.
Total Budget for Stuffed Peppers
- 4 oz can tuna, 4 – $.90 per can
- = $3.6
- 3 organic peppers: $1.89 each
- = $5.67
- 3 pastured eggs – $1.88
- 1/3 cup mayo – $2.00
- 1/3 cup celery (about 3 stalks) = $.30
- 1/2 cup green onion (about half a bunch) = $.50
- Total cost for 6 stuffed peppers: $13.95