Ducks 'n a Row: Italian Sub Stuffed Peppers

05 July 2015

Italian Sub Stuffed Peppers

Guest Post by Jessica Stone

Sometimes, I have an idea that, to me anyway, seems pretty brilliant. The other day, I had one of those ideas in the shower. I was thinking about what to eat later that day, going over what we had in the fridge and what sounded good. As I mentioned in my Paleo Lunch Ideas post

Paleo diet recipes; stuffed peppers; italian sub; recipes

I usually love salads, but I just haven't been in the mood for them lately. I have been eating some of the lunch meat "sandwhiches" that I mentioned, but since I'm preganant again (Oh did, I mention that? Baby # 3 is scheduled to to arrive early November), I can't eat lunch meat unless I cook it. I have been craving Italian Subs like nobody's business, though, so I used what I had in the fridge and came up with these bad-boys. (Note, the lunch meats I had aren't the traditional Italian Sub meats, so feel free to swap them out if that floats you t boat).  

Italian Sub Stuffed Peppers 

2 slices pepperoni (the big sandwhich meat kind, not the pizza topping kind) 
2 slices ham 
2 slices salami *
4 slices provolone cheese 
1 green bell pepper 
*Applegate farms is a pretty good brand to use for lunch meat, in terms of ingredients 

I used lettuce, tomato, pickles, olive oil, a splash of red wine vinegar and some salt and pepper, but use what you like. 

Preheat oven to 350° 
Wash and slice your green pepper, lengthwise. 
Remove the stem and seeds. 
Place in an oven safe dish and set aside. 
stuffed peppers

Slice your lunch meats into strips, cook in a cast iron pan on the stove until heated through-- about 5 minutes. 
Place one slice of provolone in the bottom of each half of stuffed pepper. 
Add the lunch meat, half in each side of the green pepper, packing it down if you need to, and top each half with another slice of cheese.  
stuffed peppers

Bake until the cheese is melted, about 15-20 minutes 

stuffed peppers

*Note: this leaves the green peppers pretty crispy. If you want softer green peppers, simply boil them for a few minutes before stuffing them Top with your toppings of choice and enjoy! 
stuffed peppers recipe; Paleo diet

For a Paleo version, simply omit the cheese.

A little about me....Jessica Stone

In 2004, I was diagnosed with a chronic bladder condition called Interstitial Cystitis (my bladder tears instead of stretching when it fills).  In 2008, I was diagnosed with a second condition called Diabetes Insipidus (my body doesn't process water). I spent a few years taking 17 prescribed pills a day, and having surgery to relieve the pain every three months. I was told that I would never have children, and spent most of my days on the couch resting. Then I found Paleo and things changed dramatically for the better. I am off the medication, off the couch, surgery free for nearly 5 years, and a very proud mommy. I started Adventures of a Cavemom because I was pissed. When I saw so many improvements to my health based on dietary changes alone, I searched the web trying to find stories like mine. There were none. Nothing. No hope. No encouragement. No "Woah, Nelly, I traded a life that revolved around pills and surgery for a life that revolves around wicked good food and getting out of bed." So, I started Adventures of a Cavemom to be that story. To be that voice, saying, "Hey look at me! There is another way to manage your chronic health conditions that also lets you live your life. Check it out!" So, I'm here to share my story, my health and my recipes. 

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