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Mexican Style Stuffed Peppers

I love a pretty plate!   The combination of colors just look yummy.

This is one of our go-to dishes when we are bored with Taco Night.

And I’ll get right to the recipe…..  Note:  This could easily be altered to a vegan dish with the right substitutions.

3 large bell peppers (red, yellow & green)
1 pkg Spanish Style Rice of your choice
1 lb ground turkey breast
1 can black beans drained
1 pkg Taco seasoning
1 cup of water
Olive Oil
Shredded Cheese – Cheddar or Colby Jack
Fresh Cilantro, Sour cream or Guacamole
Mixed Greens and dressing of your choice

Pre-heat oven to 350
Start the rice, following the directions on the package.  Typically this will take 20-30 min.
Slice bell peppers in half long-wise, clean out seeds trying to keep as much of the stem area in tact.  This will create a little “boat” for the stuffing mixture.
Place the bell pepper halves in an oblong, shallow casserole dish with aprox a cup of water.  Cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 8-12 minutes or until the peppers start to soften.
While peppers and rice are cooking, brown the ground turkey in a large skillet.  Follow cooking directions on Taco seasoning packet.
Once turkey is browned and taco seasoning has been added, mix in the drained black beans.  Let cook until all the liquids have been absorbed.
When the rice is finished add to turkey and bean mixture.
Place softened bell peppers in a 13X9 casserole dish…. this could be the same dish you already used, just drain out the water.  Now fill the peppers with the turkey mixture.  I like to press down gently to make sure I get all of the pepper filled.  Finally I top with some shredded cheese and pop in the oven for 20 minutes.

Serve topped with fresh cilantro, a side salad or guac and chips and you have a delicious and beautiful meal!   This will make 6 small servings.  I love having these ready to go for leftovers!  For our big family I make these along with regular taco meat and all the basics. 🙂

The quickest, easiest, yummiest Chicken & Wild Rice Soup EVER!

Chicken Soup feeds the soul as well as your whole family 🙂

A recipe I have been making for over 14 years and it is still one of my favorites.

GASP – 14 years?

OK, I’m back.  I needed a minute.  I had a flashback of making this soup when I was pregnant with my 13 year old.

How. Is. It. Possible?IMG_8490.jpg

OK, I’m back from my second meltdown….. Moving on.

The recipe:  Total time 20-45 minutes…..

  • 2 TB olive Oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 8-10 cups chicken broth
  • 1 Rotisserie Chicken – COOKED (I grab one from Publix or Walmart in a plain flavor, Lemon Pepper or Mojo works good, BBQ not so much)
  • 1 box  Wild Rice Mix WITH seasoning packet – Fast Cook Version* if you can find it, otherwise the regular will do
  • 1 Can Cream of Chicken SoupDirections – Pour the Olive Oil into a large pot over medium heat.  Saute the onions and carrots until the onions are translucent.  Add in the 8 cups chicken broth, if you want to add two more cups feel free.
    While your waiting for the broth to boil, pull chicken from bones and shred into the broth.  I usually get my hands all in it, kinda mashing and shredding the chicken.  I USE ALL THE MEAT.  WHITE AND DARK!  To me, it adds to the flavor of the soup.
    Once all the meat is all shredded and added to the broth mixture, and you have a nice boil going add in the seasoning packet.  Let that boil for a couple minutes while you stir to make sure it’s all incorporated and doesn’t clump up.  Add in the rice and reduce temp after it comes back up to a boil.
    At this point, follow the cooking directions on the rice box.  If you were able to find the Fast Cook version – YAY – cover & cook for 5 minutes.  Otherwise follow the instructions, typically cover and cook for 20 minutes.   Not earth shattering but we are LIMITED on TIME HERE!!!!  Must be QUICK to be “the quickest”!!
    Last step is to add the can of cream of chicken soup and stir occasionally as it simmers for another 5 min or so.  You want to make sure it mixes in completely and doesn’t hang out in globs, clumps, chunks, ok you get the drift.

Stand back and observe the amazing goodness you just prepared…… Ah, so good!

Top it with some hot sauce if you like and maybe a cracker or slice of sourdough bread and savor the yumminess!

You’re welcome 😉

PS: Perfect Freezer meal once you let it cool enough. AND……. This recipe feeds my family of 7 with some leftover.  Score.

Enjoy!!  XOXO

Keep it simple, sister

imageIt is so easy to get overwhelmed.

Daily distractions can derail your goals in a heartbeat.

Two days later you realize instead of taking steps toward your goal you’ve taken steps backwards.

Writing things down has been my “go-to” goal planning system.

Do I always follow it?  Heck no, I’m a human.  I make mistakes.  I get distracted by the pretty things that flutter into my head.  Just take a look at the 5 -10 window tabs I have open at any given time.  haha, Seriously.  It is ADD at its’ worst.

Anyone that knows me knows I love a good list.  I make lists for the grocery store, vacations, yard work, daily to-do, kids homework, housework, bills… it’s’ kinda weird. But it helps me get things done!

True story: I was pregnant with my second son and working full time.  I had a list of things that needed to be completed by a certain deadline, knowing his due date was fastly approaching.  The day I crossed off the final time-sensitive project, guess what happened….. I went into labor the night!!  Within 5 hours he was swaddled and the grandparents were cooing over him.  I truly believe crossing that final task off my list gave me the satisfaction I had completed my responsibilities to my position and I could move on the my next priority – my son.

In an effort to share useful information along with my randomness here ya go:  I love the following posts from Pinterest, I hope you do too!
Time Management Mistakes

How to Manifest Anything by Corey Buter

5 Minutes to a more Productive Day

 

And because I am who I am and will never apologize for it here are a couple other Pinterest Posts that caught my eye 🙂

Paleo/Whole30 Veggie Quichequiche

 

Pretty Potted Plant Project

plants

And then here’s my cute kitty for all the real ADD sufferers….

 

Hopefully that will satisfy your needs and help you get back on track by scrolling back to the more helpful posts I included.

Carry on friends!  And keep it simple 🙂

XOXO