To air fry: Preheat the air fryer to 375°F (190°C) for 5 minutes. Place peppers in a single layer in a small metal baking tray that fits your air fryer. I am able to fit 2-3 peppers in an 8-inch by 8-inch by 1.5-inch aluminum pan (20cm by 20cm by 3.8cm). Cover the metal pan with foil. Don’t forget to mist the underside of the foil with cooking spray so the peppers don’t stick. Air fry the peppers in the middle of the air fryer for 45 minutes. Check the peppers with a thermometer to ensure they’ve reached 165°F (74°C).
To oven bake:Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Remove the plastic lid from the stuffed peppers, and cover the tray with foil. Make sure the underside of the foil has been sprayed with cooking oil spray.Bake the peppers on the center rack in the oven for 50-60 minutes. Check with an instant-read thermometer to ensure the peppers reached a safe internal temp of 165°F (74°C).
This is a level 1 recipe (may help support fat loss). If you’re looking for a food that supports weight loss goals, stuffed peppers are a pretty good bet. You get plenty of filling protein, plus high-volume and low-calorie veggies.If we’re counting the tomato or pepper as a fruit, you get all the food groups with Costco stuffed peppers. These peppers are BIG, and I think one piece could serve as a light meal by itself. Teens, athletes, and others with higher energy needs may need an additional helping or two.If you’d like to keep things low cal but want more food, I’d add a side salad with low-oil dressing.Like many ready-made foods, Costco’s stuffed peppers are rather high in sodium. They also contain a little added sugar that isn’t necessary for flavor, IMVHO. If you’re on a low sodium diet, homemade stuffed peppers without salt added are a healthier option for you.These peppers are also not the best choice if you want to lower the saturated fat in your diet. You could make homemade heart healthy stuffed peppers with lean ground beef or ground turkey instead. (Of course, that will be quite a bit more work.)Sometimes a nutritionally-imperfect ready-made option can serve in a pinch if you don’t have time to cook. Unlike most fast-food options, Costco stuffed peppers provide a decent amount of veggies, and will likely save you money compared to takeout.Nutrition information is for one serving (one stuffed pepper).