My fitness guru, ShaunT (Insanity guy), posted this recipe for Stuffed Bell Peppers on his Facebook page. It’s gluten-free, low in carbs, and absolutely delicious! I think I made it 3 times in a two-week period. 🙂
Since I’m not a big fan of bell peppers (they give me heartburn), I used giant beefsteak tomatoes instead. Worked perfectly! As for the kids? They loved it too, especially topped with cheese. Family fit dinner (or lunch) at its best!
1 lb of ground lean turkey
Franks red hot sauce (optional)
1/4 onion, minced
lemon pepper and black pepper to taste
3 large bell peppers (or 6 beefsteak tomatoes), washed
1 cup of chicken broth
1/4 cup tomato sauce
1-1/2 cups of cooked brown rice or quinoa
Olive oil spray
grated cheese (optional)
Preheat oven to 400˚F.
Sauté onions and hot sauce in a pan with olive oil. Add ground turkey.
Season with lemon pepper and black pepper. Keep browning until the meat is completely cooked.
Add the tomato sauce and 1/2 cup of chicken broth. Mix and simmer on low for 5 minutes.
Stir in the cooked rice/quinoa with the meat.
Cut the bell peppers in half, lengthwise, and remove all seeds. (If using tomatoes, cut the tops of the tomatoes and scoop out the flesh and seeds and save for a salad or for later use.)
Place bell peppers/tomatoes in a baking dish.
Spoon the meat mixture into each bell pepper/tomato. Fill as much as you can.
Pour the rest of the chicken broth on the bottom of the baking dish.
Optional: Put a little grated cheese over each bell pepper/tomato.
Cover tight with aluminum foil and bake for about 35 minutes.
I love Restaurant Style Salsa. It’s so good! Especially with the warm chips… Mmmmmm! Too bad store bought salsa in a jar just doesn’t cut it. And I don’t want pico de gallo. I want salsa, like what they have at Chevy’s. So after searching for a recipe on Google and altering what I found, I finally came up with something that I really love! My husband likes it HOT and I like it medium. Tastes good with regular chips or my favorite, Trader Joe’s Quinoa and Black Bean-Infused Tortilla Chips. Perfect snack!
1-28 oz. can of whole tomatoes with juice
1-10 oz. can of Rotel brand diced tomatoes and green chilies or just a can of green chillies (mild, original or hot, whichever is your preference)
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 clove minced garlic
1 whole jalapeño, quartered and thinly sliced
Salt to taste
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
Juice of 1-2 limes
In a food processor or blender, combine whole tomatoes, Rotel (or diced chillies), onion, jalapeno, garlic, salt, lime juice, and cilantro. Pulse until you get the salsa to the consistency you’d like. Taste and adjust as needed, if you need more salt or lime juice.
A few months ago, I went to an upscale deli and had this beautiful quinoa salad that was so delicious and flavorful. I didn’t know how to reciprocate it since I didn’t know all the ingredients used. But I decided to get creative and try to achieve something close. I call it Cheesy Quinoa Salad because, well, there’s cheese in it. Maybe I should have come up with a different name but, hey, my kids will eat anything that starts with “cheesy.”
This makes for a great gluten-free, vegetarian side dish with dinner or you can eat it by itself for lunch. Filling and tasty!
1 cup quinoa
1/2 to 1 cup of grilled asparagus, zucchini, steamed spinach (or whatever cooked veggies you may have)
1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese (Not the dry pre-grated that comes in a can but the one that comes fresh in a resealable bag or plastic tub. But you can really use any kind of cheese you prefer: Mozzarella, Cheddar, Swiss, Monterey Jack, etc.)
10-12 cherry tomatoes, halved
salt & pepper to taste
Cook your quinoa following the directions on the package. I cooked mine in my rice cooker using 1 cup of quinoa to 2 cups of water.
While that is cooking, grill or steam your vegetables, then rough chop them in to big bite size pieces. I like to see and bite into my veggies.
After the quinoa is cooked, mix in a couple tablespoons of olive oil, the juice from the lemon, and salt & pepper. (You can add red pepper flakes if you want more heat!)
Let the quinoa cool for about an hour, then add the Parmesan cheese.
Add the tomatoes and stir.
Add more olive oil, lemon juice, and salt & pepper depending on your taste.