Quinoa with Peppers and Onions

This easy recipe let’s you cook some quinoa as the perfect complex carbohydrate side dish.

Ingredients
1 Tsp coconut oil
1 green pepper chopped
1 red pepper chopped
1 onion chopped
* or you can use the frozen mix available in stores
2 garlic cloves minced
1 tsp cumin
1/4 Tsp of black pepper
1 cup Quinoa
2 Tb fresh cilantro or 1 Tb of cilantro paste
1 cup water
1 cup vegetable broth

Method

Heat oil on skillet and add onion and pepper mix with garlic, cumin and black pepper. Cook until onions are translucent.
Add in quinoa, water and vegetable broth. Stir well and let simmer uncovered for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
Add in cilantro and continue to simmer until water has been absorbed and quinoa is cooked throughly.

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Quinoa and Turkey Chili

If you are unfamiliar with Quinoa here is a good page to guide you.

I came up with this recipe while searching for ways to add quinoa to my dishes. Quinoa is so bland that they only way is to mix it with something else and give it some flavor. This was an easy way to have a complete meal, just add some veggies or a salad on the side.

Feel free to adjust ingredients as I’m not too good at measuring.

Ingredients

1 lb of lean ground turkey
16 oz of organic vegetable broth
1 small can of tomato sauce or one 6 oz tomato paste
1 onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp chili powder
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup of Quinoa
Salt and pepper to taste
1 can of black beans (optional) rinsed and drained

Method

In large skillet heat oil and add turkey with all the spices and chopped vegetables, brown and cook. Add in all the liquids and quinoa. Cover and cook for 15-30 mins stirring frequently, until most liquid has been absorbed and quinoa is cooked.

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30 Day Green Smoothie Challenge

I have been juicing for about six months now. The last few I have been lacking motivation to keep up…. I really do notice a difference when I’m juicing on a regular basis. More energy, less bloating, and overall wellness. So in my attempt to keep it up I have decided to join the 30 Day Green Smoothie Challenge.

It’s a free challenge that starts on April 1st. Once signed up you will receive a free e-book, emails with instructions, shopping lists and recipes. I’m so excited about this challenge and would love to have some of you join me! Just go to their website and subscribe. Leave me a comment so I know who will be joining me. 🙂

Let your food be your medicine(1)

Tuna Melts

I saw this recipe on here and thought to try it out and have as a snack!

I made some changes as I used what I already had at home but the result were still delicious. Nothing beats a quick recipe that is pack with nutritious ingredients.

Just cut out the tomatoes and scoop out everything from the inside.

For one can of tuna used, I used 2 Tbs of 0% Greek yogurt. Some red onion chopped. Pepper, oregano and basil to taste.

Mix all ingredients together and place mixture in tomatoes.

Top with cheese. I used 2% skim milk American cheese.

Broil for 3-5 minutes until cheese is melted. I used my toaster over so it took a bit longer.

So delicious! I see myself making these often… Thanks The pescetarian and the pig!

It’s All About Making It Easier..

We all know buying organic foods can be expensive and if you’re like me that all I buy at the grocery store are veggies, fruits and meats, you’ve noticed that produce is not cheap! Thanks to a couple of my friends I found out about organic buying clubs.

I decided to give it a try! With Annie’s Organic Buying Club I’m able to get all my organic fruits and veggies at a discounted price. I pick up my box every other Monday from a convenient site that’s really close to home. I get seasonal produce that’s very fresh all year round. At every pick up I get a variety of produce and what I really like about this club is that you can add, remove and substitute products to your liking all done online. They even post information about the food you are receiving and recipes for each thing you get.

Yesterday was only my second pick up but I’m really enjoying getting my organic food this way!

Here’s what I’ve gotten in my “half-share” boxes… Click on the pictures for a list of ingredients. 😉

My Eating Habits

I think as humans we tend to have the need to give everything a name. We need to classify or tag patterns, routines and schedules with names. I came to the conclusion that all I need to do is what’s best for me. I’m learning how to listen to my body by paying attention to how I feel and yes, how I look too. How do you do that? By doing research (a lot of it), asking people who have met goals that you one day want to meet and by trial and error. Forget about what diets or eating plans are called. I found this picture online at CaveGirlEats.com and loved it! This is what I strive for, not perfect all the time, but who is? Taking one day at a time to be and feel healthy. It makes a world of difference!

Have a great day!