Turkey and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

stuffed peppers

stuffed peppersTurkey and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers.  Let me  start by just telling you this is an amazing American comfort food.  Do not let this dish intimidate you.  It has very minimal  ingredients and is simple to make.  Many people think this is complexity at its finest.  Don’t fall victim,  LOL!

This dish is very healthy but at the same time, filling and flavorful.  Your family is going to love you for making this.  Go ahead, check your pantry and see what ingredients you don’t already have so your trip to the grocery store will be a quick in and out.

Let me  know what your  family thought  in the comments  below.

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Turkey and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
 
These stuffed peppers are filled with a delicious hearty filling.
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Comfort Food
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • ½ cup cooked quinoa
  • 4 large bell peppers ( I used 2 red and 2 yellow)
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 onion, diced
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 15 oz can of tomato sauce
  • ½ cup shredded Italian cheese plus 1-2 tablespoons per pepper for topping
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Cook quinoa according to package instructions and set aside.
  2. Bring a pot of water to a bowl that can fit the peppers.
  3. Cut the peppers in half and remove the seeds.
  4. Put peppers in boiling water for about 5 minutes.
  5. Remove peppers and set in a greased 13x9 baking dish.
  6. For the filling, in a medium-sized pan over medium heat. Add a tablespoon of oil. Add ground turkey making sure break it up in small pieces with a spatula, about 7 minutes. Add onions and cooked until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in seasonings, then turn off high and add quinoa, tomato sauce, and ½ cup Italian cheese.
  7. For assembly, put filling in peppers and top with 1-2 tablespoons of Italian cheese.
  8. Bake for about 30 minutes.

 

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Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Sauce

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shrimp tacoIt’s shrimp taco night y’all!!!  Tacos are a saving grace! They are easy, quick, and satisfying. What more can you ask for when you want to get a meal on the table for your family with little time to spare?

There are several ways to make tacos, but when you have a hungry and impatient family,  you have to be ready roll!  During one of our busy weeks, I decided to make the quick dish,  “Shrimp Tacos“. Boy oh boy, I’m sure glad I did. Our oldest child had basketball practice and I needed to run a few errands.  Being that I was able to cook up this favorable dish it saved us money and some valuable minutes on the clock.  It was healthy and jammed packed with flavors that would make your mouth water.

If you feel like having the best of both worlds, try this quick dish and let me know what you think.

Try out these Shrimp Tacos and let me know what you think.

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Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Sauce
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • For the Shrimp:
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ T sriracha
  • 1 tsp water
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 lbs frozen jumbo shrimp, thawed and shelled
  • For the Slaw
  • 1 bag of coleslaw
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • a pinch of salt, to taste
  • a pinch of pepper, to taste
  • For avocado sauce
  • 1 5.3 oz plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ avocado, mashed
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • a pinch of salt, to taste
  • a pinch of pepper, to taste
  • tortillas for serving
  • Avocado cream sauce for topping
Instructions
  1. For the shrimp: Heat a grill pan or skillet over medium heat. Heat a small saucepan on medium heat add the honey, garlic, and sriracha, about 5 minutes. Mix water and cornstarch then add to saucepan. Simmer for about 5 minutes or until sauce thickens. Add shrimp to pan and cook for about 1 minute on each side until pink. Place shrimp in a bowl and coat with sauce.
  2. For the Slaw: Place slaw in a bowl. Drizzle with lime juice. Stir then season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. For Avocado Sauce: Mix all ingredients until well blended.
  4. For the tacos: Warm the tortillas in the microwave for about 5-10 seconds Place slaw, about 4-5 shrimp, then drizzle with avocado sauce.

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Kale Salad with Strawberries and Almonds

spinach salad

spinach salad Kale Salad with Strawberries and Almonds. I call this “The Happy Salad.”  One of our close family friends introduced me to this salad and I have been in love ever since. I can seriously eat this salad every single day. Seriously! I actually have. LOL!  If only I could get my husband to eat salads for lunch every day!  Oh how packing lunch would be a breeze. I wonder will I ever see that day. I think not!

This salad is tasty and delightful. After enjoying this healthy meal, it leaves you satisfied and ready to take on the rest of your day.  Don’t be surprised if one still yerns for more, due to its deliciousness.

Let me know what you think?  What are your favorite salads?  I would love to hear them.  Please comment below.

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Kale Salad with Strawberries and Pecans
 
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This kale salad is simple and tasty to satisfy you lunch or dinner desires.
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 2 cups kale
  • 1 tablespoon craisins
  • 1 tablespoon feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon sliced almonds
  • 5 strawberries, diced
  • your favorite vinaigrette
Instructions
  1. Put kale, craisins, feta cheese, almonds, and diced strawberries and dressing into a large bowl and toss gently to coat.
  2. Serve immediately.

 

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Honey Maple Almond Granola

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granola

 

Homemade granola is so easy to make. It is something you can grab and buy from the store so easily but it can be expensive. Another thing about store bought granola, it can be full of sugar defeating the purpose of a yummy healthy snack. With just a few ingredients you will have a batch of sweet and savory granola to munch on all week. Why not make a homemade batch of granola to have at your fingertips to munch on? Go ahead and make you some granola.

 

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Honey Maple Almond Granola
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups of granola
  • ½ cup of sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ canola oil
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup crasians, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Mix granola and almonds together in a medium bowl.
  3. Add honey, maple syrup, and oil and stir until well combined.
  4. Add salt and cinnamon.
  5. Spread evenly on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper or baking mat.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Stir every 10 minutes if you want a loose granola. Do not stir if you want clusters.
  7. Once its done let cool. If you want clusters use a spatula and break into the desired cluster size. Stir in craisan if you are using them.
  8. Transfer to a sealed container. Store in the refrigerator for up to a month.

 

 

 

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Blueberry Banana Smoothie

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blueberry banana smoothieBlueberries. A banana. A little bit of oatmeal, milk, and a few other ingredients. Guess what that makes? This wonderful blueberry banana smoothie. I am really starting to like blueberries. So if I get on a blueberry kick, don’t mind me, it will die down soon. I definitely know how to wear out an ingredient. LOL   I must say this smoothie is quite tasty and very fulfilling. To top it off you can have it on the go YAYYY! I love an on the go breakfast because mornings are just not my cup of tea. I tip my hat off to all of you early risers! Even though I get up and get my day started I rather sleep in.  On those days I need something quick I tend to throw stuff in the blender and have breakfast on the go.  This recipe is easy and doesn’t require much. Try it out on that day you sleep in and don’t have much time to get out the door.

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Blueberry Banana Smoothie
 
This blueberry banana smoothie only has a few ingredients and can be made in a hurry.
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ½ cup ice
  • 1 medium banana, frozen
  • 1 5.3 oz container of greek yogurt, plain or vanilla
  • 2 cups of fresh blueberries
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • ½ cup oats
  • 1 T honey, optional
Instructions
  1. ) Put ingredients in a blender in the order listed.
  2. ) Blend until desired consistency.

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