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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Recipe: Broken Down Stuffed Pepper

Stuffed peppers are delicious, but prepping the peppers can be time consuming.  Plus, once you eat the pepper, you just end up digging in and destroying the pepper anyway! Since the stuffed pepper usually becomes a jumbled mess when eating, why not just make it a jumbled mess to begin with?

This quick and easy take on a stuffed pepper is a one-pot meal, makes enough for two or four people, and there will be plenty of leftovers for lunch or dinner the next day!

Broken Down Stuffed Pepper

-1 onion, diced
-2 teaspoons of minced garlic
-1.5 to 2lbs of lean ground turkey meat (or protein of choice)
-1 red pepper, diced
-1 green pepper, diced
-1 zucchini, diced
-1 12oz. can of diced tomatoes (or you can toss in some chopped tomoatoes or leftover tomato sauce if you have some)
-1 8oz. package mushrooms, chopped
-1 bunch spinach leaves, chopped
-Sprinkle of salt, pepper, and parsley
-Olive oil

Heat a large skillet with a drizzle of olive oil.  Sautee the onions and garlic for a couple of minutes.  Add in the turkey meat and cook for a few minutes to sear the turkey meat.  Make sure you keep stirring and chopping at the turkey meat so it breaks up and does not clump together.  Season with a little salt and pepper.

Once the turkey has had a few minutes to sear, toss in the red and green peppers and zucchini.  Then, add the diced tomatoes and simmer with a lid on for about 10 minutes, or until the tomatoes begin to reduce and create a little bit of a sauce.

Then, toss in the mushrooms and spinach and cook for a few more minutes.  If needed, you can add a sprinkle more of salt and pepper.  Serve hot with a sprinkle of parsley on top. Enjoy!

In a rush? You can throw all of the ingredients into a crock pot in the morning and have a tasty meal when you return in the evening! 

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Healthy Quinoa "Burrito" Bowl

It's the last day of winter! Despite the below average temperatures and wildly howling wind - spring is coming! I swear!

It has been a very long winter though, and with Pi Day and St. Patrick's Day out of the way, I thought it was time that I posted something more light and healthy to welcome the warm weather to come (hopefully)!

This healthy quinoa "burrito" bowl takes some of the flavors and ingredients of a burrito, but is a lot healthier, lighter, and very easy to put together! I have been making this for awhile as a quick go to lunch, and I often change up the recipe a bit.  Aside from being healthy, this dish is also very versatile and you can add and/or substitute vegetables that you enjoy!

Healthy Quinoa Burrito Bowl

-1 cup cooked plain Quinoa
-1 cup leafy greens (I used kale and spinach - you could also use broccoli, green peppers, lettuce, etc)
-1/4 cup black beans, rinsed
-1/4 cup diced tomatoes (can also cherry or grape tomatoes or salsa)
-1/2 avocado diced
-Optional: sprinkle of salt and pepper for taste

Pour the cooked quinoa into a bowl or onto a plate, and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper.  Yes, quinoa is plain, but the other ingredients will add flavor, and since this is supposed to be a healthier dish, you'll want to be careful on the amount of salt that you put on the quinoa.

Top the quinoa with the black beans, tomatoes, and leafy greens.  Then, slice the avocado half and place on top! Stare at your beautiful creation for about 30 seconds before digging in and making it a jumbled mess!

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