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Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

26 Feb

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Super easy. Super quick. Let’s do this.

2 green peppers (to stuff)
1 red pepper
1 onion
Garlic
I can of tomato sauce
Rice-cooked and set aside (I used brown long grain)

I make alot of rice so I can pile it on the sides and MAYBE have leftovers.

Grab your green peppers and slice them down the middle.

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Scrape and wash them up. Then brush with olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper onto them.
Put in a 375 degree oven until they are soft. While those are baking, sautee red pepper, onion, and garlic in olive oil. Season to liking. I like to add veggie broth to help them cook and for flavor.
Once cooked and soft add rice and sauce. Take your peppers out and fill them up with your mixture. Tyrell has cheese on his. I just sprinkled some parmesan on my side. Have a big bowl of greena with this meal and you are good to go. One of my faves! Enjoy!

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Quinoa sriracha bites

9 Jan

Made this last night for supper and I thought I would share my recipe real quick. This was so easy to make and so delicious and fun to eat!

Quinoa Sriracha Bites

-Preheat oven to 350
-Spray cupcake tin

You will need:
-2 cups of cooked quinoa (1 cup dry)
-2 eggs
-2 TBL. Sriracha
-1 clove garlic
-green onion (2 or more)
-fresh mozzarella 1/8 cup
-bread crumbs (I used 1 slice of whole grain bread)
-1 TBL honey
-1 tsp. salt

While quinoa is cooking, mix up the remaining ingredients. It’s not too hard to cook these little guys. Just add water to cover your seeds and boil. Once they look like they “blew up”, they’re done. Super easy. Don’t you love my scientific instructions?
Add the quionoa to the mixture and mix. Place into cupcake tins. I filled my cup up to the top and then pressed the food down.
Bake for 15/20 minutes. Take out when golden brown on top. Enjoy!

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Want Some Hot Chocolate?

20 Dec

I’ve been craving hot chocolate baaaad lately. Those cheap little packets do the trick, but have you ever looked at the ingredients? I wanted to make my own hot chocolate. I remember making it as a kid using milk and chocolate syrup.
Gross! I would just pop that mug in the microwave and then chug my warm chocolate milk. Good times.
Now that I’m all old, wise, and I can’t digest milk….I figured it’s time for a new recipe.

Almond Milk Hot Chocolate

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~serves 2~ (we have big coffee mugs)

-Add 3 cups of almond milk (I used vanilla almond milk) to a small saucepan.
-Add 3 to 4 TBL. of cocoa
-Add 2 TBL. of sugar (I used turbinato sugar)
-Heat through. If you want more cocoa, then add it. And so on and so on.

Turned out so very yummy. The almond milk gives it a nutty flavor. Love that! Another healthy alternative in the books!

I hope you like it just as much as I did!

Roasted Almonds

6 Dec

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I had a ton of almonds staring at me in our pantry, so I thought I should try something new.

Roasted almonds with honey and cayenne pepper.
You will need:
•2 1/2 cups almonds
•1/2 cup honey
•1 tsp. salt
•1 tsp. cayenne pepper

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•Preheat oven to 325.
•Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
•Melt honey in a pot over medium heat.
•Add cayenne and almonds and stir until coated.
•Spread almonds onto baking sheet.
•Bake 10 minutes.
•Let cool then toss with salt.
•Spread almonds again on a clean baking sheet.

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Cool completely. Devour them and eat your calories in almonds like I did.

Best Ever Vegetarian Chili

27 Nov

This is by far THE best chili I have ever made. I used ingredients that I had in my kitchen. No trip to the grocery store required, which makes it even better.

I gathered up everything that I wanted:
Meatless veggie crumbles
Jar of salsa (I used the salsa I made a couple of months ago)
Frozen corn
Black beans
Vegetable broth
Tomato soup

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I decided to cook up some rice while I was chopping my green and red pepper, onion, and garlic. I use long grain brown rice.

Saute veggies with crumbles. Do you like my reindeer spatula? Jealous?

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Once the veggies are just about cooked, add a cup or two of broth. I didn’t measure anything. Just eyeball it. You want to cover the veggies so they cook all the way through. Once they are cooked add the beans, tomato soup, corn, and salsa.

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Don’t forget about the rice!

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Spice it up to your liking. I let mine simmer for two hours. I also threw a sweet potato in the oven. Love this combo!

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Chili time!

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Thank God for leftovers. Enjoy!

Veggies and a hot bath.

25 Nov

So bummed that it’s Sunday and we have to go back to work tomorrow. Boo for work. So, did you stuff yourself like crazy this Thanksgiving? I did! This was my first big holiday as a vegetarian. Not a big deal for me. I just ate  a ton of other food!

I started the day off with a 5K run. My hip has been bugging me lately so it was a slower run. I had to stop and walk a few times. I felt clumsy so I knew I wasn’t running “right”. Something must be out of whack.

We made caprese skewers to bring over to my grandparents for Thanksgiving. Every skewer I made I ate a tomato. They were so good! I bought them the Sunday before Thanksgiving and I worried they would be all wrinkly by then. I read somewhere that you shouldn’t put them in the fridge, so I thought I would try it. I never have any room in my fridge anyway. Let me say, this tip is right on! Stop putting your tomatoes in the fridge people! We put balsamic vinegar in the middle of our skewers.

skewers So good! All you need is some fresh basil, fresh mozzarella, and some cherry tomatoes. Oh my heavens. My cousin Lee Ann and I scarfed these down. I think some other people might have had a chance at some too…if they were lucky.

So I ate a thousand tomatoes, four hundred cucumbers, 80 carrots, and 28 black olives. I got my veggie fill in! I also pigged out on Lee Ann’s pumpkin pie chex mix. I should have taken a picture, so good and addicting. When the actual dinner started I just grabbed a tablespoon of mashed potatoes (I don’t like them. I just felt I should have some), some corn, coleslaw….and I ate half of my mom’s veggie tree. It was a good day!

Now that we got all of that Thanksgiving business out of the way…Christmas decorations have been put up! I put out a lot more this year. Maddox is getting older and HOPEFULLY he’ll be careful. So far so good! Here’s our pretty tree.

tree Today  I was scheduled to do my last workout for month 2 with Les Mills. Well, I woke up, sat up, and twisted wrong. Now it feels like there’s a monster under my shoulder blade eating away. I could barely get my contacts in. Tyrell rubbed it for a while and I made him stop because I was going to cry like a baby. So, I spent some time on the foam roller. Seemed to help a little bit. Tyrell suggested I go take a bath. I thought this would be the perfect time to try out that detox bath on Pinterest. I never take a bath. Too many toys to clear out and this just doesn’t seem like the peaceful haven it once was.

bath 

I didn’t play basketball or anything. I took advantage of the quiet time and just did NOTHING. Life sure changes when you have kids! Your bathroom and bathtub that used to have all kinds of soaps, lotions, and candles around it no longer exists. Oh well, I wouldn’t change it for the world.

We got the beets.

15 Nov

Why did I wake up craving pickled beets today? I didn’t have them for breakfast, but I did incorporate them in my lunch and dinner. My mom gives me jars of her pickled beets thankfully, so I didn’t have to shop or do any work.

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I was already thinking last night that today was going to be a rest day. It was on the shedule, but I don’t take them if I don’t want or need to. I am glad I did. Lifting is getting more intense with Les Mills and I greatly appreciated the extra sleepy time. In fact. I am looking forward to doing it again very soon.

I woke up , started my work computer, got ready, and had my shake for breakfast. Second breakfast (a couple hours later) was peanut butter oatmeal. Snack was greek yogurt. Then it was time for lunch. I had a giant baby green salad. Toppings: pecans, tomato, red onion, and avocado.

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I snacked on some popcorn with Maddox this afternoon and had a green apple. I am either always eating or washing dishes. Why am I telling you everything I ate today? I have no idea. Maybe you need snack or meal ideas. There.

I wasn’t that hungry for supper, but I knew I wanted a sweet potato….and beets. Can you guess what I made? I chopped up a sweet potato and mixed a tablespoon of coconut oil, salt, and pepper with it. 400 degree oven for 40 minutes. House smelled super deliciously amazing.

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Doesn’t this look good? This would be a great side for any meal. Or, how about Thanksgiving? Oooo. So, I wasn’t too creative tonight, but this is what I wanted. It made a pretty plate. And it was so freaking good. The sweetness of the potato and the pickled beets mixed wonderfully. Another hit in my books.

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Oh yeah, did you see Engaged and Running’s post? A little Q&A with me. Go, read, and love it.

Night night.

How colorful was your plate?

8 Nov

What’s your favorite day of the week? Mine is Thursday. So, today was a pretty fine day. Once again I had a billion packages at the post office. A billion=three in my world. One was for Maddox and the other two were for me. I have been playing the exchange game with Victoria’s Secret for a while now. I finally got the right leggings, so now I decided to send my bras back. I am turning into my grandma. She does the exact same thing. I think it’s her way of having to go shopping. So, I filled out my return slip and bagged it up. Opened up Maddox’s package and they sent the wrong stuff. Will I have to send this back too? Good grief. Wait! It gets better! The last package was my new winter coat. I had bought a new one last year and now I am swimming in it. Not a bad thing, just wasn’t expecting it. So now I ordered a Hydraulic coat from Burlington Coat Factory. I like it, but I don’t. It flares out at the waist and I look like a cupcake. Not the look I’m going for. Might have to send that back. I will see what Tyrell thinks when he gets home.

Let’s get to the good stuff. Food! It’s Vegan night at my house and I told you every Thursday I will post what I ate for dinner. So here we go!

I wanted to use up some beets so I decided to do a roasted root medley. I chopped up beets, a sweet potato, an onion, and a carrot. I then drizzled some olive oil and sprinkled some salt and pepper and mixed until the seasonings were distributed evenly.

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These had to cook for about a half hour in a 450 degree oven. Tip: line your cookie sheet with tinfoil to save dishes. You know your veggies are done when you can poke through them nicely with a fork.

While these were roasting I steamed some green beans. I was planning on making green beans with garlic and diced tomatoes. Sounds interesting huh? I gave them a quick steam then I rinsed them in cold water to keep their bright green color and set aside.

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Then I sauteed some onion in some olive oil. The recipe said to add three cloves of garlic, which means 6 to me. Then it was time to add my diced tomatoes. You can use canned, I did. I strained some of the juice out. I spiced this up to my liking (a ton of pepper), added the beans, heated up everything together, and done!

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Doesn’t this look amazing and so colorful! I was a little nervous to try the green beans when I sat down to eat.
After my first bite I walked back to the kitchen, scooped up the rest that were left in the pot, and put them on my plate.
Then I mixed up everything. Are you a mixer upper? An enormous plate of colorful goodness was in front of me.What more could your body ask for?

Found some strange things…

2 Nov

Glad it’s Friday? Me too. It doesn’t feel like it though. I am liking this mini winter storm we had. I like staying in where it’s warm and cozy.

I accomplished alot after work today. I was off at 2 and I went straight up to my fun office (not my big girl JOB office) and gutted it, dusted it, and reorganized. Four hours later, I was finished. I love my fun office when it’s clean and organized. It’s the small things in life right?

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You sure find stupid things when you’re cleaning though. I found a box that contained the wrapping paper used by my first boyfriend to wrap my Christmas present, my fifth grade diary ( oh the drama! ), and my emergency tornado kit when I was little. When it would storm bad enough, my mom and dad would make me and my brother go sit in the fruit room. I figured that I should bring a kit, you know, you never know what could happen. My kit was an old tin box that belonged to my great grandpa Jake. Inside was a necklace from my Grandma and Grandpa, address labels with my Grandpa Krein’s address, and a match. You. Just. Never. Know.

Blogging has been extra fun this week because I started posting mini interviews (every Monday and Wednesday) with Sweat Pink Ambassadors. What is a Sweat Pink Ambassador? Go here and find out. I believe applications are being accepted again! If you love fitness, fun, and sisterhood all mixed together then this is for you! I am so happy I found this group. Love to all of my SPA sisters ❤ ! Check these two ladies out: Brianna and Carmel.

Workouts this week got off to a slow start. I still was up at 5, but I felt cruddy. I kept it low key with ab workouts and yoga. After transferring my illness to my husband, I feel great, and him…not so much. Sorry man.

Don’t forget to check out my Vegan recipe from last night! So freaking good!

Talk to me! What’s your favorite Vegan recipe? I would love to feature it on here if you would like to share!

Vegan Planet Recipe #2 Not-So-Dirty-Rice

1 Nov

It’s Thursday! That means it’s time to eat something new! I found a recipe last night that I just had to try. We grew up eating dirty rice. White rice with green peppers and onions and ground beef. Usually mom would make a cream lettuce salad to go with it. I loved this! My taste buds have now changed and I have no idea when I last had white rice and cream! I love you mom 🙂

This recipe is very simple. I started out cooking my long grain brown rice. While this was cooking, I chopped some green pepper and yellow onion.

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Incase you were wondering what chopped green peppers and onions looked like…

I threw these into a pan with a little bit of olive oil. Once the veggies were cooked I added some vegetarian burger crumbles. After this was heated through I added the cooked rice to the veggies and crumbles. Stir to combine and it's ready!

Instead of a creamy salad, I cut up half of an avocado and put that beside my rice along with some cherry tomatoes. Nom! I just had to cut up some green onion and sprinkle on top. This made it!

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I loved this meal! This will be a staple meal in our house from now on. The flavors are great and I loved grabbing a bit of avocado and tomato with my rice. I wish I had more to eat! You must try it!

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