The pros: Trader Joe’s Stuffed Peppers make for an easy meal at a reasonable calorie count.
The cons: This might be a regional item as I’ve only seen it a handful of times. In fact, I’ve seen it more via social media than in person.
The verdict: After the Stuffed Cabbage Rolls that I tried, it had me longing for Stuffed Peppers. The premise in the end is pretty much the same, but the containment vegetable is much different.
Peppers hold up well to heating. In fact, with these peppers you have two options: microwave or oven. After the disaster of the cabbage rolls, I went for the oven method for these to try to give them the greatest chance at success.
With these, there is actually sauce to keep things hydrated unlike the cabbage rolls. But these are not made of beef. This is chicken and turkey instead. Fine by me as the calorie count is very much in check on this even if you decide this is actually a meal for one.
The texture here is surprisingly similar to the texture of Trader Joe’s Turkey Meatballs. Whenever I’ve had stuffed peppers the texture isn’t quite as dense, but it still worked.
In fact, whenever I’ve had stuffed peppers they were served whole and upright. Here they are cut in half and have the filling placed in them as if an scoop was used to plop it in. By doing so, the rice is more of a part of the filling rather than a distinct element.
No matter though, the pepper cooked up firm enough but not raw and crunchy. The filling had pretty good flavor coming from a bit of tomato, seasoning and cheese. Was it as good as homemade? No. But is it a lot less effort? Oh yes.
Is it worth compromising for? Honestly, yes. This was pretty good. I haven’t had the best of luck in the refrigerated aisle in the past. But this is one of the better options you can reach for.
But speaking of reaching for this, I have only seen this once. I’ve seen it about a dozen times on social media, but never in my local stores. However, if you can find it, it is worth a try.
For $5.99 I’d reach for these again.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The package of Trader Joe’s Stuffed Peppers:
The nutritional information:
How to prepare:
After being cooked you get:
Would I buy this again? Yes, I would buy Trader Joe’s Stuffed Peppers again.
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