Stuffed Bell Peppers with a Secret Ingredient (It’s not love!!)

I had been craving stuffed bell peppers for a while so I finally decided to try making them at home. My husband is not a big fan of stuffed bell peppers, so I wanted to make sure he would enjoy it as well. Turns out, they are super easy to make and my husband loved it because I added a secret ingredient!

Whats the secret ingredient?

Garam Masala is a very common Pakistani/Indian ingredient that you find in a number of South Asian recipes! Garam Masala is a combination of 8  ground spices that has a  unique flavor & a distinctive aroma. Read my  post to learn how to make it at home!

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Serving Size: 1 Bell Pepper; Calories: 400 – 425 kcals (depending on the size of the bell pepper)

First cook the beef. For that you will need:

  • 1 lb lean beef
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1 Tbsp ginger and garlic paste
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala

Other ingredients:

  • 4 Bell Peppers
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 0.75 cup marinara sauce
  • 1/8 cup Mexican blend cheese

Directions:

  1. Preparing the meat:
    • Place the beef in a non-stick pan on medium heat and put ginger & garlic paste, salt, red-pepper and turmeric powder.
    • Let it cook for 15 minutes until the meat has turned brown and some of the water from the meat has dried
    • Add chopped onions and cook until all the water has dried
    • Add garam masala and stir well. Remove from the heat.
  2. Boil water
  3. Remove the top of the bell pepper and hollow out the bell peppers
  4. Put the bell peppers in boiling water for 5- 7 mins
  5. Mix beef, rice, and sauce in a bowl
  6. Stuff the bell peppers with the beef, rice & sauce mix
  7. Top each bell pepper with cheese
  8. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes
  9. Serve hot

 

Q for Quinoa!

This Quinoa recipe is super easy to make and very delicious in addition to being a good source of protein an fiber — my husband absolutely loves it (well…he has no choice)! It goes well as a side with grilled chicken or even as a meatless entree served with avocado!

Here is the skinny on Quinoaquinoa-3

  • Whole-grain
  • A source of fiber and protein
  • A source of potassium and iron
  • Gluten free

 

 

Serving Size: 1 Cup; Calories per serving: 240 Kcals

Ingredients:

  • Quinoa, 1 cup
  • Water, 2 cups
  • Tomatoes, 1 cup chopped
  • Jalapenos, ½ cup chopped
  • Corn, canned, no-sodium (drained), 1 can (approx 15 oz)
  • Black Beans, canned, low-sodium (drained), 1 can (approx 15 oz) – I prefer to use dry black beans instead of using canned.
  • Cumin powder, 1 tsp
  • Red chili powder, 1 tsp
  • Salt,1 tsp
  • Lime, 1

** once i even added taco seasoning to spice it up 🙂

Directions:quinoa-2

  1. Place all ingredients in a large pot.
  2. Cover and simmer (medium low heat) for approximately 20  minutes or until no water is left.
  3. Top with cilantro and squeeze some fresh lime juice.

P.S. Canned diced tomatoes and jalapenos can be used as well.

I said YES!

I said YES!

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I have been thinking about what was holding me back? Then I realized it was ME. Did I really want it bad enough? If yes, then why am I not trying hard enough? I was holding myself back because I was afraid to FAIL.

I only fail when I don’t try.

I will never know the results unless I do the action. If I succeed then I reached my goal! But if I don’t reach my goals, at least I know I am not a quitter. Either way I can do my happy dance!

I SAID YES TO:

  • Proving myself wrong and going above and beyond
  • Running my first 10K in 2016
  • Expressing my raw thoughts on this blog (I am not a writer and it doesn’t have to be perfect)
  • Experimenting without always seeking perfection

What will you say YES to?

This post is first a reminder to myself and then to my readers. So if you know me then please feel free to hold me accountable to my own words. That will be very much appreciated! 🙂

 

Eggless Breakfast Ideas

Eggs are the best source of protein food at breakfast! As I have mentioned in one of my previous posts, it is important to have a combination of protein and carbohydrates at every meal. Click here to read the post on a balanced breakfast.

For those picky eaters, like my cousin, I put together a list of breakfast foods (other than the typical cereal) that do not contain egg.

Calories ranging from 250-330 kcals

  1. Breakfast wrap: 1 Whole grain tortilla with ½ cup black beans, 2 Tbsp Ragu Sauce/Salsa, and 1 Tb fat-free shredded cheeseBlack Bean Burrito
  2.  Grilled cheese sandwich: 2 slices of whole grain bread and 2 slices of your favorite fat-free cheese with a cup of skim milk
  3.  Cereal in yogurt: 1 cup of cheerios with 1 fat-free Greek Yogurt (approx 5.3 oz)
  4. Waffle sandwich: 2 whole wheat waffles with 1 Tbsp of peanut butter and 1 tbsp of jelly. (Bonus tip: Try a chocolate chip waffle sandwich with ricotta)
  5.  waffle PB&JEnglish Muffin with Ricotta Cheese: 1 Whole grain muffin with 2 Tbsp of Ricotta Cheese, 1 Tbsp of Jelly with a cup of skim milk

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Quick on the Go Options:

  1. Breakfast bars: Nature Valley protein bars (10 g Protein) with 1 cup of skim milk
  2. Smoothie (made the night before): Find the recipe here!

10 Simple Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle

These 10 simple tips will help you and your family live a healthy lifestyle.

1. Start with yourself – be a positive role model for the kids, siblings, and everyone at home.

2. Do not buy “junk food” – If it’s not at home, you are less likely to eat it.photo 2

3. Have healthy snacks readily available– For example, washed and cut fresh fruit in the refrigerator, baby carrots and fat-free ranch dressing, fat-free yogurt, home-made smoothie, whole-grain pretzels, 100% fruit juice popsicle for the kids, etc. When I am hungry, I want something right away and it helps to have veggies and fruits that are ready to eat.

4. Stay hydrated! Many times we feel hungry but we are really thirsty. Drink at least 1500 ml of water a day (that is 3 of these water bottles).

5. On the road? Have healthy snacks (my favorite: a bag of mixed nuts) with you so you don’t have to stop at a convenience store or pickup fast food. Also, never leave your home without a water bottle.3water bottles

6. Don’t skip meals – waiting to eat till you are extremely hunger can cause you to over eat.

7. Avoid or limit sodas – these are empty calories that can easily be avoided. Get in the habit of drinking water, milk or 100% fruit juice.

8. Avoid or limit fast food – if kids insist on fast foods then help them choose the healthy sides from the menu. For example, instead of soda they can order milk and instead of fries they can order apple slices.

9. Park your car farther from the store entrance – every step counts!

10. Do physical activity together as a family – go to the park regularly or play your favorite sport together.
Remember: no one has to be deprived of their favorite chocolate as long as it is in moderation. There is nothing wrong with enjoying these foods once in a while.