Dinner, Food

Stuffed “Jack-O-Lanterns”

stuffed pepper

The words “Halloween” and “healthy” don’t often go together. Halloween kicks off the holiday sugar binge strong and it does not stop until New Years! But seriously, in the next 3 months we have Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas all holidays centered around sugar and eating until we’re stuffed.

This year I challenge you to have a healthy Halloween! Be inspired and think outside of the box for fun meals and treats to get you into the holiday spirit and not into the next size up in jeans…you with me?

These stuffed jack-o-lanterns are so easy to make and are absolutely delicious. You can use your favorite pepper stuffing mixture or use my recipe below that I modified from Skinnytaste.com’s Turkey Stuffed Peppers.


  • 6 bell peppers (any color)
  • 1 tsp olive or avocado oil
  • 16oz 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 can black beans
  • 3/4 cups corn (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper (chopped)
  • 2 medium tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • ½ onion (chopped)
  • 2 Tbsp cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 16oz jar of your favorite salsa
  • *optional: your favorite cheese to top (I used jalapeño cheddar)

*Serves 6



  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. In a large skillet heat 1 tsp oil over medium-high heat, add turkey and brown
  3. Add beans, corn, jalepeno, tomato, garlic, onion, cilantro, cumin, garlic powder and salt to the skillet and mix well. Turn heat to medium-low and let this mixture simmer for about 5 minutes
  4. Add 1 cup (or half of the jar) of salsa to the skillet and simmer for another 5 minutes


  1. While this is simmering hollow out your bell peppers (discard the seeds) and carve a jack-o-lantern face into them if you wish
  2. In a glass baking pan pour the rest of the salsa on the bottom then place hollowed peppers on the salsa. Fill the peppers with your turkey mixture, top with a little bit of cheese.


  1. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake for about 30-35 minutes
  2. Enjoy!



Whats you’re favorite HEALTHY HALLOWEEN meal or treat?

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