Thursday, February 21, 2013

Peppers Stuffed with Lots of Stuff


I always like stuffed peppers when I was young and still ate meat. I have been a vegetarian/ pescatarian (fish and dairy but no meat) since I was 16. Holy cow! I just realized it's been TEN YEARS! Yep, you guessed it, I am 26... Anyway, this is my first attempt at veggie stuffed peppers! I could have easily made them without a meat substitute but I think my Man-friend enjoys the addition of at least a meat-like ingredient. 
I stuffed four large green peppers (even though there are only three in this picture) halved. Make sure you thoroughly wash you peppers! They top the dirty dozen list of foods with the most pesticides on them!
Inside the peppers:
Sauteed onions, garlic, carrots and celery (1 medium onion, 3 large carrots, 4 stalks of celery, one clove of garlic)
1 bag of Morning Star Farm Grillers Crumbles (a ground beef replacement in the frozen section)
1 cup quinoa cooked (about two cups cooked)
1 large can of whole peeled tomatoes (chopped up and including the liquid. You could use a can of diced but whole is what was in my pantry)
Salt and pepper
a sprinkle of parmesan cheese
a sprinkle of bread crumbs on top for some crunch
After your veggies are softened add all your ingredient to the pan and combine thoroughly and get to stuffing those peppers! Cook on 375* for about 30 minutes. It may take more or less time depending on how big your peppers are.
When my peppers started to curl up on the edges I pulled them out to add a bit of jack cheese to the top. 
Mmmm check out that ooey gooey cheesy goodness :)
I whipped up this corn, cherry tomato and basil salad for the side. Tossed in olive oil, balsamic vinegar and s&p to taste. Easy and delightful. 
I guarantee you could sneak these faux meat crumbles into you family's dinner and they would never know! Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Banan-cakes


If you haven't noticed, I'm pretty into these three ingredient pancakes (1 banana, 2 eggs, 1/4 cup oats). Strangely enough I've never really been a pancake kind of person, I'm more of a french toast girl :)
But hey, anyway to disguise protein, fruit and my beloved oats into a killer breakfast, makes me happy. If you haven't tried these yet you're seriously missing out! 
Top with all the good stuff- strawberries, peanut butter, coconut and syrup.
Hey, maybe I'll be having this again tomorrow morning :)

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Be My Galentine/ Valentine


Back from vacation and back to normal! We went to Florida last week and it always takes me a little while to get back into the swing of things. I'll be making a Florida post later this week but first things first, Valentines day! I kicked things off with a lovely Galentines day (get it, valentines with your gals?!) earlier in the week. We did what we do best eat, drink and gab. We made a cheesy Martha (Stewart) fondue recipe that we dove in too fast to catch a shot of... 
We did take our time with these beauties though! Is it just me or are they pretty Barbie-ish?
I just love decorating cookies, definitely more fun than baking them. 
Thanks for the fun time girls! Valentines Day doesn't have to be just about a significant other! Just show people you love you care about them by making time and doing something fun :)
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I had valentines day off and decided to channel my inner mom (I am not a mother, maybe someday!) and make heart shape pancakes for my Man-friend before he left for work. The first one came out great but it was all down hill from there...(must hone mom skills).
I made my now favorite three ingredient pancakes from this post. Topped with strawberry sauce (just frozen strawberries heated up and smushed (is that a word?) with a splash of OJ), peanut butter and coconut. Delightful way to start the day of love.
After breakfast I broke out my double boiler and got to work making some chocolate covered strawberries (is there anything better?!) when a package of chocolate covered strawberries arrived at the door. YUM now we have a ton...no problem there. 
In an effort to avoid the crowds we have always (except last year when we were out of town) made an elaborate dinner at home on Valentines Day. We cook slowly, eat and sip prosecco slowly and just enjoy our time together :)
We got lobsters and mussels, rolls from Rosemont Bakery, and made a spinach salad. 
and ate millions o' strawberries for dessert :) I hope everyone had a wonderful V-Day!