These Tex Mex Stuffed peppers are a little fussier than I usually post here but as I’ve already discussed, stuffed peppers in general are so delicious and so good for you that I thought I’d make an exception. Plus the cornbread stuffing is extra good for you how. So, how could I resist? It helps if you think of the the prep in two stages. First, prepare the cornbread as directed, then the meat stuffing and prep the peppers to be stuffed. If you want to make things really easy, I’d advise buying cornbread muffin mix to speed this dish along but you’ll lose some of the nutritional value.
So, before you start, this is a dish that really benefits from Veteran Move # 2: Prepare everything in advance. Don’t be shy, get out your stainless bowls and mini ramekins and cut, measure and mix everything out in advance. Then, it really is as simple as following the steps.
Now, a few words about the nutritional value of corn bread. The recipe to make it hasn’t changed much down the centuries. Whole grain cornmeal is milled down from dried corn and combines with eggs, milk, maybe some sugar and is baked in a flat pan as a cake or even in more portable pancake shapes.
The main ingredient, corn meal is a whole grain rich in a variety of important nutrients like iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, folic acid, folates and Vitamins A, B6 and B12. Corn meal also contains all the essential amino acids which control growth, cellular processes and organ function. And, it’s rich in antioxidants like beta carotene which aids in preventing cancers, stroke and heart disease.
Corn meal is also an excellent source of dietary fibre which not only helps regulate bowel movements but also absorbs cholesterol and lowers blood sugar. It’s also quite filling but, because it essentially passes through the digestive system whole, it fills you up without adding calories.
The catch is that commercial corn bread or muffin mixes are more heavily processed and likely contain elevated levels of sodium, added sugars or animal fats and other preservatives. Making it yourself is only a little extra work but so much more healthy…it’s worth the extra effort.