6 medium green, red or yellow peppers
1 tablespoon oil
1 pound ground turkey, beef or pork
1 cup brown rice, or white rice
1 small onion, grated or onion powder
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/4 cup ketcup
2 cups tomato sauce
1-2 cups mozzarella cheese
Wash peppers and slice off the top just below the stem and bottom. Remove the seeds and some pulp to form a smooth inside. Rinse and place cut side down on a few paper towels to drain while preparing fillings. Cook 1 cup of rice according to packaged directions and reserve. Add the oil to the skillet and heat on low. Add the ground turkey an cook until lightly brown. Dice the reserved pepper slices and dice or grate the onion and add to the turkey in the skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes. Remove skillet from heat to cool.
Add remaining ingredients with the exception of the tomato sauce and cheese, to the turkey mixture and blend well. stuff the peppers with the mixture. Spread a small amount of tomato sauce on the bottom of the crockpot and place the peppers on top. Cook for 7-8 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high.
Optional: The shredded cheese may be sprinkled on top approximately five minutes before finished. Remove lid, sprinkle cheese, cover. cook until cheese melts. Delicious, well mine was delicious at dinner tonight and all I had to do was remove it from the freezer, let it sit for a few minutes on my counter, then place it in the microwave to heat.

It is always fun making stuffed peppers because there are so many different stuffings that you can make and believe it or not I have never made a stuffing that I didn't like. Using my ingredient amounts as a guide, experiment with your own signature recipes.

I have cooked Stuffed peppers many ways, but I always seem to go back to this crockpot method. Simply prep the peppers, which takes very little time, assemble any additional ingredients that you will be using and pop every thing that you will be using into a crockpot and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours. Very little clean up and you can have dinner on the table in a flash. Of course with the crockpot popularity there are so many new gadgets out there, such as the plastic crockpot liners and the beautiful state of the art whistle and bells crockpots with shut off-keep warm timers. You working cooks are ready to go.

Peppers are a good source of vitamin A, in the form of carotenoids, vitamin C and vitamin B6, Folate, dietary fiber and many other nutritional vitamins and minerals.