Mexican Stuffed Peppers

These stuffed peppers are so easy to make and are great as leftovers!!  Don’t let the number of ingredients scare you off, you probably already have most of the spices and ingredients in your fridge or pantry!

When I eat these for leftovers, it takes about 2 minutes to warm back up and I add in a big handful of greens, usually spinach-kale mix and drizzle with a little olive oil and salt.  This makes for an easy quick lunch the next day.  One that will satisfy me and keep my energy up until dinner time!

I hope you give this one a try and let me know how you like it!

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Mexican Stuffed Peppers
Fun and full of flavor!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Add quinoa in a pot with chicken bone broth, on med-high heat bring to a boil. Once it starts to boil turn heat down to low, cover the pot, and simmer for about 20 minutes
  3. In another pan, turn heat to medium and add ground turkey. Season with chili powder, salt, dried oregano and cumin. Break up the meat into little pieces while cooking. Cook for about 10 minutes or until done. Turn off the heat.
  4. Add 1/2 cup of cooked quinoa, tomato puree, yogurt, and chopped cilantro to the ground turkey and mix together to combine.
  5. Wash the bell peppers and dry. Slice the tops off the bell peppers and remove the seeds and ribs. Stuff the bell peppers with the meat mixture. ~Note if your bell pepper doesn't stand up straight, slice a small sliver off the bottom to even it out.
  6. Add stuffed peppers to a deep dish baking pan (one that has high sides) and bake for about 25 minutes. ~Note if you want to add cheese to the top of the stuffed peppers, add it at about the 20 minute mark.
  7. ~Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

If you can't find bone broth you can always use low sodium chicken broth.

Or you can make your own, which is always better!  You can find the recipe here.

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Healing Chicken Soup

Although it’s warmer outside and soup might not sound so appealing, many of us will find ourselves suffering from allergies or the next round of viruses floating around.

I know for me personally I was knocked down hard from allergies this past week and now my son is dealing with his asthma.

So I decided it was time to bring out the big guns.  Bone broth and herbs.

Bone broth is good for healing of the gut, provides natural collagen for our skin, nails, hair and joints.  It also provides gelatin which helps our bones move without grinding together,  it provides a cushion in between our joints.

Bone broth is overall healing for our entire body.

I added Oregano not only for taste but for its health benefits as well. Oregano is great for helping with inflammation and upper respiratory infections.

Thyme is great for treating bronchitis and sore throats.

Sage is amazing for reducing inflammation in our body and boosting the immune system.

Lemon is a great source of Vitamin C and helps to treat throat infections.

While I made this soup geared toward our upper respiratory allergies, it would be helpful with so many other ailments like the flu, digestive problems, or overall just feeling like crap.

So let’s do this and get to feeling better!

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Healing Chicken Soup
A soup with real health benefits!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a large stock pot on med-high heat, add bone broth, water, and chicken. Boil for about 20-30 minutes until chicken is done.
  2. Take chicken out of pot and shred with a fork.
  3. Add carrots, celery, salt, pepper, oregano, thyme, and sage to the stock pot and simmer for about 10 -15 minutes until carrots and celery are cooked.
  4. Add shredded chicken back to the stock pot and squeeze half a lemon into the broth.
  5. Stir and taste to see if you need additional salt.
  6. ~Enjoy and feel better!
Recipe Notes

You can add onion and garlic if you choose.  I didn't not because they don't agree with me.

We paired the soup with a little wild rice.

Many stores are carrying bone broth now, but you can make your own very easily, see recipe here.

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Sweet and Spicy Salmon

Here’s a little story…

When Randy and I first met, this is the dish I made for him on our first casual date.  They say a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach!😂

Later he told me he was really skeptical of this dish because he was afraid it would be too fishy.

Well, almost 3 years later and we still make this dish almost weekly.

So yes I am saying it’s a great date night dinner!!

There are minimal ingredients and it’s SO easy, yet it will WOW your guests.

You can literally be done in under 30 minutes.

So…. Let’s get to it!

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Sweet and Spicy Salmon
Simply delicious! A nice balance of flavors!
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15-20 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15-20 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. In a small bowl add zest and juice from the lime, sriracha, and maple syrup and mix together
  3. On a small baking pan either spray with nonstick spray or line with aluminum foil.
  4. Add Salmon fillets with flesh side up
  5. Pour sauce over fillets
  6. Salt each fillet
  7. Bake 15-20 minutes, salmon should turn slighly opaque
  8. Once the salmon is plated, pour left over sauce from pan onto the salmon
  9. ~Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Please note Sockeye Salmon does not go well with this sauce.

Sides that go great with this dish are jasmine or wild rice, roasted potatoes, salad, brussell sprouts or any really any greens.

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Grilled Chicken Stuffed With Spinach, Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

It’s Sunday afternoon and I am sitting on the couch watching the NBA playoffs with Ayden.  We are watching Golden State Warriors vs Portland Trail Blazers.  He’s a die-hard Warriors fan!  He knows so much about the players, he was just telling me Stephan Curry’s wife has her own restaurant and we needed to go there and eat LOL!!

Well speaking of food, I thought I should share this yummy recipe I made last week.  It’s no secret that chicken is a great source of lean protein, but it can be so boring, right?  This recipe is not boring, that’s for sure!!

It’s a play off my all time favorite pizza with chicken, spinach, goat cheese and sun-dried tomatoes.  These flavors just work really well with each other!!  But I kicked it up a notch and added herbs from our garden into the goat cheese and instead of baking the chicken I wanted that chargrilled flavor from the grill.

It was a success!!

So…let’s get on with this recipe, shall we?

PS.  Ayden is also giving me pointers he’s learning in English class 😂, apparently, when you use dots you only need three to get your point across…

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Grilled Chicken Stuffed With Spinach, Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Delicious and rich in flavor, no boring chicken here!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10-15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10-15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat and clean grill, place heat on low to med-low setting. Our grill gets really hot so low setting works for us.
  2. In a small bowl mix goat cheese and herbs together. In another bowl add a big a handful of spinach and set out about 16 sun-dried tomatoes (3-4 per each chicken breast).
  3. On a cutting board take each chicken breast and cut a slit in the center of the breast with a sharp knife cutting 3/4 the way through.
  4. Add a layer of the herbed goat cheese to the inside of the chicken breast
  5. Add a thin layer of spinach leaves
  6. Add 3-4 sun-dried tomatoes
  7. Fold the chicken together being careful of keeping the insides intact and secure the ends with 3-4 toothpicks
  8. Season both sides of the chicken with salt, pepper and garlic
  9. Spray grill with oil spray unless you have a well seasoned grill
  10. Add chicken to grill and cook for about at least 10 minutes per side. Use your judgement if you feel it should go longer.
  11. ~Enjoy!
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Healthy Hack – Sautéed Shrimp with Lemon Butter Wine Sauce and Veggie Noodles

While I was away last week in New Jersey, my friend Candace and I were in our hotel room watching a little TV.  I hardly ever watch TV but have decided I should watch cooking shows a little more often because it fuels my ideas for healthy hacks on recipes!

We were watching The Rachel Ray show and she did a spin on Gremolata (parsley, lemon zest and garlic).  Instead of garlic, she used walnuts and this got me thinking how delicious it would be to take a version of this and add to a shrimp and veggie noodle dish.

Now you might think OMG there’s butter and wine in this dish, is that healthy?  My answer is YES, butter is a nice choice for a saturated fat, plus we will be matching it up with some monounsaturated fat – olive oil.  The key is to balance out your fats throughout the day.

There is wine but it will cook down and in the scheme of the dish, it’s not a big deal.  It adds flavor and satisfaction.

Let’s talk about the rutabaga right quick and why I chose it for the veggie noodle.  One medium rutabaga has approximately 33 grams of carbs, 9 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein and you ready for this….. 160% of Vitamin C!!

We are using 1 rutabaga for this dish split between 2 people, so this is a lower carb option compared to regular pasta. The texture is great too as a replacement for pasta!

So here is what I have come up with for this week’s healthy hack.

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Sautéed Shrimp with Lemon Butter Wine Sauce and Veggie Noodles
Sauteed Shrimp in a #SAS (simple and satisfying) sauce tossed with Rutabaga spiralized noodles.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30-40 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Gremolata
Main Dish
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30-40 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Gremolata
Main Dish
Instructions
Gremolata
  1. Heat oven to 400F Place pine nuts on small baking sheet and toast for 8-10 minutes until slightly golden. Check often as your oven might bake quicker.
  2. Zest lemon
  3. Wash and dry parsley and chop about 1 tbs
  4. In a small bowl toss toasted pine nuts, lemon zest and parley and set a side for later
Main Dish
  1. Place a large nonstick pan on the burner over medium heat. Add in extra virgin olive oil.
  2. Once the oil is heated add rutabaga noodles and cook for about 10 minutes, tossing every couple of minutes until half way cooked through, then transfer to baking sheet and bake for another 10-15 minutes until done. (You want the noodles to be done but not soggy, think the texture of pasta for doneness.)
  3. While noodles are baking, add shrimp to heated pan and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  4. Cook shrimp for about 3-4 minutes per side until cooked all the way through and shrimp has a nice pink color. Once cooked remove from pan, place on a plate and set aside.
  5. In the pan, carefully add in wine and butter, scraping the bits from the bottom of the pan to develop a nice flavor. Add in lemon juice, a pinch of salt and pepper and reduce sauce for about 5 minutes.
  6. Remove pan from the heat and add back in shrimp and noodles. Toss to combine the sauce evenly.
  7. Plate up your dish and top with gremolata and freshly grated parmigiano reggiano cheese
  8. ~Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

If you love garlic, you can add chopped or minced garlic and cook up for a couple of minutes before adding wine to the pan.  I love garlic but it does not like me so much!

You can substitute any veggie you love for the noodles, potatoes, parsnips or zucchini would work well too.  If using zucchini, I would just saute in the pan and not bake in oven.

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Healthy Hack – Chicken Piccata

I am so excited to share this recipe!!  I have been hacking my way through different traditional recipes using yogurt and this one turned out so awesome!!

You know that want to lick the plate good?

I really love the yogurt that I use as it has really good strains of live culture probiotics and it is very mild in flavor.  I use the brand White Mountain, but you can use any plain Greek yogurt if this brand is not available to you.

Soooo….. Let’s get started!

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Healthy Hack - Chicken Piccata
A healthy hack on a traditional recipe! I used the brand White Mountain Bulgarian Probiotic Yogurt, but if this is not available look for a full-fat Greek Yogurt with live cultures in the ingredient label.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30-40 minutes
Servings
people
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30-40 minutes
Servings
people
Instructions
  1. On a cutting board slice chicken breasts in half lengthwise (or buy thin cut breasts) and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  2. Zest the lemon and then cut in half and set aside
  3. On medium heat, place large pan on burner and heat olive oil, once oil is heated add in chicken, turn chicken every 5 minutes for 25 minutes until they are cooked through and nicely browned. Remove chicken from the pan.
  4. Add in wine, capers and lemon zest. Use a spatula to scrape the bits off the bottom of the pan. This will add a lot of flavor to the sauce.
  5. Reduce wine to half the amount and turn off the heat
  6. Stir in yogurt
  7. Add a couple of drops of lemon juice
  8. Add in a pinch salt, pepper and garlic powder and stir to combine – taste to see if you need more seasonings.
  9. Enjoy!!
Recipe Notes

Pairings: You could pair this dish with pasta, veggie noodles of your choice or roasted potatoes and a nice salad.

In the featured picture, we used spiralized potatoes tossed with olive oil, salt, and pepper, baked in the oven for about 30 minutes or until tender.

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