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. 🙂

It’s Soup Day!

Butternut Squash Soup

Since it’s been super cold we have been pulling out all our favorite soup recipes. One of the easiest and my most favorite is the Butternut Squash Soup.

Pan of yum!

With any further blah, blah, blah here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

One package cubed butternut squash (found in the produce section)
2 cups baby carrots
3 stalks celery chopped
One small onion chopped
4 garlic cloves smashed and roughly chopped
2 TB Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper to taste
Fresh Rosemary
2 TB Thyme
2 TB Rubbed Sage
1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes (reduce if you’d prefer a little less spicy)
4 cups Vegetable Stock or chicken stock

Preheat oven to 350
Line baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
Place all chopped vegetables on baking sheet and drizzle with Olive oil. Sprinkle spices over veggies including salt & pepper and gently stir to coat. Top with 3 sprigs of rosemary. Roast for 1 hour.
Remove veggies and place in a large pot, add half the broth and puree until smooth with an immersion blender. (Be careful not to scratch your pot or get splattered!)  You can also use a food processor following the same method. Add remaining broth and heat over medium high. Serve immediately or let cool and freeze. I like to top mine with a little sprig of Rosemary.

This recipe takes about 1.5 hours from start to finish and makes about 6 servings.

I have altered the original recipe a bit since I made it the first time over a year ago. It’s super easy and mostly everything can be prepared ahead of time.

Also……………….

Roasted Cauli & Dipping Sauce

If you caught my Instagram Live’s you got to see this delicious beauty during the prep & cook process.

Roasted Cauliflower with Creamy Goat Cheese Dipping Sauce ….. just like the one at Domenica we drooled over last month!!

Here’s the recipe we followed.  It’s a little time consuming but totally worth it!

Let me know if you like it!  Enjoy!!!

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

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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

 

Mexican Stir-Fry anyone?

I needed something quick.

Something that allowed me to throw together a super yummy, Whole30 approved meal that my family could enjoy too.

It went a little something like this and WOW was it good!!  Credits to Sweet C’s Designs!!

I made some rice for the kids and voila, dinner is served.
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