Friday, January 24, 2014

Veggie Stuffed Bell Peppers--Dinner for Two!

Are you stuck in a vegetarian rut? Are you looking for a meatless Monday recipe? Well, I just tried out the BEST EVER recipe for you.  If you're cooking for one or two, this is a great recipe too!!  If you have more people, then just adjust the recipe.  I almost doubled the recipe in these pictures. Easy!  Hope you love it as much as I do!! Post any questions you have about the recipe in the comments below.

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Here's what you'll need:
1 cup cooked quinoa (that's 1/2 cup dry)
1/2 tsp onion powder (or to taste)
1/2 tsp garlic powder (or to taste)
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 lb meatless crumbles (or ground turkey if you like meat!)
1 cup black beans, rinsed & drained
1 cup frozen corn
1/2 tsp Season All salt, low sodium (to taste)
2 large red peppers, halved & seeds removed (you can also use green or yellow!)
1 cup shredded cheese (your choice-- I love the fiesta blend!)
1/3 bunch cilantro, chopped

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Begin by cooking quinoa as directed on package.  This can be cooking while you work on the rest of the recipe.  Then, place pepper halves on a large baking sheet & drizzle with olive oil. Bake at 375 degrees F for about 20 minutes or until the pepper's skin bubbles.  Set aside in a small casserole dish.  When peppers are cooking, start warming your onion powder and garlic powder in 1 Tbsp olive oil in a medium skillet.  Add in meatless crumbles, black beans, and corn.  Mix until warm-- about 5 minutes.  Add cooked quinoa and Season All salt, to taste.  Spoon into the pepper halves inside the casserole dish.  Top with cheese and cilantro.  Place under broiler for approximately 5 minutes until cheese is browning and bubbly.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

My January Workout Playlist

Have you checked out the Giveaways lately? There's something new just for you!!

Anyway, I don't know about you guys, but I always need good music to get pumped for my workout.  Here are the songs on my January playlist:

What's on your workout playlist?

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Motivation Monday

It's Motivation Monday again!! The quote today is-- Stop comparing yourself to others & start competing with yourself.

We need to change our mindsets! Today, I challenge you to compete only with yourself.  6 months ago when I started working out, I'll be honest... It was hard to run 1/4 mile. I was very, very out of shape. A week ago, for the first time in so long, I took the plunge and started jogging on the treadmill.  I don't care what anyone is doing around me. I am proud of myself for jogging! Someday, I would love to run 5Ks.  I'm making that public, because I think it's necessary to see that we're all in separate places with our health struggles.  

Everyone measures their success differently... It's a success to walk into a gym, to finish a fitness class, to get on the treadmill, to go for a swim, to complete that 5K or half marathon, to take a walk to the grocery store, to lose one pound or gain one.  Again, I challenge you to compete only with yourself.


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{P.S. Don't forget to check out the Giveaway section of the blog! There's a new post!}

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Creamy Guacamole

If you love avocados or guacamole, (or you just need something to wow your friends at the next get together) this is the recipe for you. This amount is just perfect for about 3 people! It's so creamy and delicious that I could've eaten the whole batch myself.  

While I wouldn't recommend eating the whole batch, this recipe is addicting & packed with nutrients.  You might already know that avocados a great source of heart-healthy fat {unsaturated fat}.  They are also packed full of potassium, fiber, and vitamins, like C, K, and B6.  No guilt here!

By the way, don't forget to head over to the Giveaways & check out my Sweetheart Steal for Valentine's Day.  There might just be something you're interested in.  Okay, back to the recipe...

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Here's what you'll need:
3 ripe avocados
1 tsp salt
1 tsp lime juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 frozen cubes cilantro {or a few Tbsp}

First make sure your avocados are ripe. If they are still a little hard, place them in a brown paper bag with an apple for a day or two. They will ripen more quickly! Cut the avocado in half, remove the seed in the middle, and peel. Add the avocados to a large bowl and mash with a fork until it's at your desired consistency.  {Some people love creamy guacamole, some love it a little chunky. I made mine more creamy.}

Next, add salt, lime juice, minced garlic, and cilantro. {If you're using the frozen cilantro cubes, just break them up with your fingers before you add them in.} Mix & enjoy! Store in an airtight container.

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