This quick and easy tuna stuffed pepper recipe is packed with protein! Perfect for any meal and since it’s low in both fats and carbs, it makes a great THM Fuel Pull option. Terrific on its own or with a soup or salad.
Need A Quick And Tasty Low Fat Lunch?
Start with some lean, healthy protein like tuna in water, mix in a few ingredients, and stuff it in a bell pepper. Easy peasy!
Plus, you can eat the “bowl.” You could probably even mix it all right in the pepper, actually, and not make many dirty dishes. Now that is a real winner of a recipe!
This Low Fat Tuna Stuffed Pepper Makes A Great Protein Choice.
As a Trim Healthy Mama, you know how important it is getting that protein in at every meal. A lean protein such as sustainably-caught tuna in water is a smart choice.
If you like to eat fish, especially several times a week, I recommend checking out any tuna brand (or any fish, for that matter) to see if they test for mercury. I just came across a brand called Safe Catch, and they test their tuna for mercury. I don’t have any affiliation with Safe Catch, just passing along information that I think you’d like to know.
This FAQ page also includes a link to find a store near you that carries this brand. I was thrilled to see it’s at the local natural foods co-op where I buy organic beets for beet kvass.
How To Fit This Versatile Stuffed Pepper Recipe Into Your THM Menu Plan.
Since it’s a low fat AND low carb recipe, it can go with ANY Trim Healthy Mama fuel type! I love to make meals like that because they are so versatile.
Here’s a few examples of how you can eat your tuna stuffed pepper in an S, E, or FP setting:
- For an S meal: Increase the MCT oil, or add olive oil instead. Enjoy with a big, leafy green salad with an olive-oil based vinaigrette, such as my Easy Balsamic Mustard Vinaigrette, and an S style soup such as a Trimmy Bisque from the new Trim Healthy Table cookbook.
- For an E meal: prepare as written and enjoy with my Sweet Potato Kale Tots and my Mango Lime Instant Pudding for dessert.
- For a FP meal: prepare as written (but limit the tuna to 3 to 4 ounces) and enjoy with a big leafy green salad, lightly dressed with lemon juice, ACV, or another very low fat, on-plan dressing – my Creamy Cajun Ranch is a great option – (keeping in mind the added fat in the tuna). Finish with fresh berries for dessert.
You can easily increase this recipe, too, if you need to make more than one serving. Just double the ingredients for 2, triple for 3, etc.
If you like a non-creamy tuna salad like this, give my Mediterranean Tuna Zucchini Salad a try! You could even stuff that in a pepper, too.
How Will You Enjoy This Versatile Low Fat Tuna Stuffed Pepper Recipe?
Low Fat Tuna Stuffed Pepper for One
This quick and easy tuna stuffed pepper recipe is packed with protein! Perfect for any meal and since it's low in both fats and carbs, it makes a great THM Fuel Pull option. Terrific on its own or with a soup or salad.
- 1 red bell pepper (any color will do of course)
- 1 green onion
- 1 5 oz can sustainably-caught tuna in water
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon MCT oil
- 1 teaspoon capers (optional)
- Mineral salt to taste
Cut the top off the pepper and remove the seeds and membranes, set aside.
Slice the green onion, including the green top.
Open the can of tuna and drain (if there's a lot of water) and dump into a small bowl.
Into the tuna, mix the remaining ingredients, plus the sliced green onion, and stir well to combine.
Check for seasoning and adjust as desired.
Stuff into the pepper and enjoy!
Trim Healthy Mamas:
- For an S: Increase the MCT oil to 1 tablespoon OR use a couple teaspoons of good quality olive oil (you might want to increase the lemon juice if you use olive oil). Enjoy with a low-carb bread, muffin, or fresh berries.
- For an E: Prepare as written and enjoy with an E carb source such as sweet potatoes or fruit.
- For an FP: Prepare as written, but keep the serving to 3 to 4 ounces of tuna. Enjoy with low carb options and keep the total added fat to E guidelines.
Nutrition Info Notes:
THM's - remember that we don't count the carbs in our non-starchy veggies or the fat in our lean protein. The tuna I used for this recipe had 0g fat. The 5g fat in the nutrition info comes from the 1 teaspoon of MCT oil. If you are having this in an E setting, you can add an additional 1 teaspoon of MCT oil to your meal if desired, such as on a salad for dressing. Don't add any other fat otherwise.
While my recipes are not officially endorsed by Trim Healthy Mama, I do my best to ensure they meet plan guidelines. Always refer to the THM plan book for complete information.