Thursday, October 15, 2015

Throw Back Thursday - Stuffed Quinoa Peppers

It's that time again! Throw Back Thursday to some of my FAVOURITE recipes from my old blog. This one I have made some adjustments to since the original post and I have included them below. Hope everyone is having an amazing October!!

Ingredients: Yields 4-5 servings
  • 2tbsp EVOO
  • 1 cup of Quinoa
  • 2 cup of chicken bouillon(low sodium, use vegetable for vegan version )
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 15oz can black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1.5 tbsp or 3oz of tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, diced
  • 4-5 red & orange bell peppers, top cut off and seeds removed
  • 4-5 tbsp of mozzerella or  daiya cheese for vegan version
  • salt & pepper
Directions: Preheat oven to 350F  
Quinoa: this is my BIGGEST secret and the BEST way to cook quinoa. Are you ready? This will change your life. Using your rice cooker, take 2 cups of chicken bouillon and put 1 cup of the quinoa and turn it on....walk away. Once its finished, fluff and you're ready to go. It will be perfect, not mushy. YOU'RE WELCOME!
While the magic is happening in the rice cooker, Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat. Add onion , garlic and ground chicken.  Saute till meat is all cooked. Add all spices and continue to saute for 1 minute. Stir in tomato paste.  Cook 5 min. Stir in black beans and 1.5 cups of the cooked quinoa(it will have doubled from what you started with after being cooked).  Mix for one minute more. 
Pour a little water in the bottom of a baking dish. Fill each bell pepper till a little more than 3/4 full. Top with cheese and cilantro.  Bake for 20min uncovered, or until the tops are slightly browned. Remove from heat and let stand for 5min before serving.

I make a light leafy salad with a oil & vinegar dress for the side. These peppers are quire filling!A little white wine pairs perfectly with this meal. It's all about balance!!
Clean, lean and SOOO comforting. 

I hope everyone is having a beautiful October. I have been so busy this month. I finished my very first round of 21 Day fix and was so happy with the results. I didn't lose any weight, but I chiseled out a bit and got ARMS.
I have always been  a very strong leg girl. Leg day is always my FAV day. However my arms are weak. But I actually see growth in them and I know it may not be MUCH, but I am SO SO proud!! 

I will be hosting a 21 day (online) fitness challenge group THIS month. There is still time to join for October 19th(first week is prep week, so you have plenty of time for the program to arrive). If anyone is interested, 21 day fix is THIS months special, so now is the time to join!! Leave a comment or email me at I would be so happy to join on this journey together :)

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