Yes , you can make a fancy dinner for two with a can of tuna, and yes, you'll need some other ingredients, but most of them you may have on hand. Tuna Stuffed Bell Peppers are just right for two people, and you can cook them in an air fryer, if you like. The recipe is especially great when you've had enough of left overs and don't want to create more. How do the tuna stuffed peppers taste? Great. Think of a tuna cake stuffed into a bell pepper with lots of flavor and a crispy top. This is an inexpensive as well as tasty dinner, and you may want to keep some cans of tuna on hand to make it often. It really is good! Serve the tuna stuffed peppers alongside a salad or vegetable and some bread for a complete meal.
Tuna Stuffed Bell Peppers -- Serves 2
1 large bell pepper, preferably red, orange, or yellow
2 tablespoons of chopped onion
2 tablespoons of chopped celery
1 tablespoon of light mayonnaise
1 tablespoon of plain yogurt (or light sour cream)
1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
1 large egg
1/4 teaspoon of pepper
1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon of dried parsley
1 small can of tuna (5-6 ounces), drained (yes, you can use the cheap light tuna)
1/3-1/2 cup of seasoned Panko bread crumbs (reserve 2 teaspoons)
Spritz two small tins or baking dishes with non-stick cooking spray (I use mini pie tins or sometimes ramekins). Cut off the top of the pepper and then cut the pepper in half. Remove the seeds and inner membrane of the pepper. Place the pepper halves, cut sides up, in the prepared tins/dishes. Chop the bits of pepper from around the stem on the top of the pepper (discard the stem) and place them in a medium bowl with the onion and celery and a teaspoon of water. Microwave the veggies for 30-60 seconds or until they soften. To the vegetables add the mayonnaise, yogurt, Dijon, lemon juice, egg, pepper, garlic powder, and dried parsley. Stir in the tuna, then enough bread crumbs to make a cohesive mixture (save a couple of teaspoons of crumbs). Divide the tuna mixture between the pepper halves, stuffing it into the halves and mounding it up, if necessary. Sprinkle on the reserved two teaspoons of bread crumbs. Spritz the tops of tuna filled peppers/bread crumbs with a little cooking spray. You can cook the tuna stuffed peppers in the air fryer at 320 degrees for 18-22 minutes or in the regular oven at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes or until the stuffed peppers are a deep golden brown on top and the filling is firm.