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Quinoa and Spinach Stuffed Peppers

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I am a huge stuffed pepper fan  but this one was a little different! I had “spiced up” my old recipe with some black beans and corn a few months ago but I am really loving all the veggies tossed into this one!

I prepared this at a Wildtree Freezer Meal Workshop but you can prepare it fresh or in advance and freeze! Either way, its relish!!!

WHAT YOU NEED:

In Bag #1:

  • 3 large carrots, grated (about 1 ½ cups)
  • 1 Tbsp. Wildtree Roasted Garlic Grapeseed Oil or Olive Oil
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. Wildtree Cajun Seasoning Blend
  • 1 Tbsp. Wildtree Garlic Galore Seasoning Blend
  • 1 package fresh spinach (or frozen), 10 oz
  • 2 cans black beans, 15 oz, drained and rinsed
  • ¾ cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, 14.5 oz, drained
  • 2 cups water

In Bag #2:

  • 1 pound cooked lean ground beef or ground turkey

At cooking time:

  • 6 large bell peppers, any color, halved lengthwise, ribs and seeds removed
  • ½ cups parmesan cheese (optional)

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

Combine all ingredients in a gallon size freezer bag, “smush” to allow seasonings to distribute. Place bag in freezer.

To prepare: Thaw overnight in fridge. Pour bag 1 contents in large skillet, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 20 – 25 minutes or until quinoa is tender, add cooked meat. (Note – if you are cooking your meat fresh you will want to start that after bringing the contents of bag 1 to a boil)

Preheat oven to 350. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Fill each pepper with quinoa mixture, and place in a baking dish with ¼ cup water in the bottom of the dish. Cover with foil, and bake 45 minutes – 1 hour. Uncover; sprinkle each pepper with cheese. Bake an additional 10 minutes, or until the cheese is brown and bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes.

For all my 21-day fixers and Insanity Max: 30 Meal Plan followers – each half would equate to:

  • 1/2 R (ground beef/turkey)
  • 1 Y (black beans and quinoa)
  • 1.5 G (spinach, carrots, pepper, tomatoes)

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PIYO Week 7 Progress Update

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Another week down and another week closer to COMPLETING PIYO! I’m so excited about finishing up this entire program. Truth be told, other than the 3-week long 21-day fix (which I LOVED, and did multiple times) – this will be the first workout program I’ve done start to finish! I’ve done all of T25 but I didn’t follow it to a “T” and I didn’t follow the meal plan – so this is a huge accomplishment for me! But I’m not there yet…

Week 7 continues to build on the prior weeks and certainly takes the intensity up a bit.

We’ll start with my meal plan:

PIYO week 7 meal plan

I’ll admit, I could totally live on grilled chicken and turkey burgers but this week I felt like I needed to spice things up a bit – so in came quinoa stuffed peppers…and they were a delish! You can find the recipe HERE. I love recipes that I can double up and freeze as well as get at least 2 dinners and a few lunches out of the hard work and this fit my ideal meal perfectly!!!

We also had our 5 year anniversary this week so I may have doubled up on the cheat meals with a Cheesecake Factory trip and a Nakama trip but I did my best!!! I try to eat clean at least 80% of the time but I’ll be honest, once I met my goal weight I became a little more flexible. I still focus on healthy choices, I still focus on proper portions but when I’m out and about I allow myself to enjoy the little things!

The week started off with Sculpt, completed in a new workout tank I scored at Old Navy. There’s just something about some new gear that makes getting up on Monday morning at 5:00 a bit more enticing!

PIYO Week 7 Day 1

I was lucky to have a workout buddy with me on Tuesday and well a few times this week – we’ll blame it on the moon or something…and while I’m not sure how many push ups he got in on those handles he certainly gave it is all!! I love setting a good example for my kids!! He may not be a good sleeper but his down dog rocks and he can squat with the best of them 🙂 You can’t win them all right?!?!

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Working out with one of my biggest fans

BUNS continues to be a favorite of mine. I like the 30ish minute length and I can FEEL the after effects for days…which is always a nice reminder just how hard you’ve worked!!!!

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PIYO – BUNS

With a late night Buccos baseball game on Thursday that was preceded by a trip to the Cheesecake Factory and an upcoming Hibachi dinner planned for Saturday I couldn’t justify the “rest day” Friday so I dusted off my 21-day fix DVDs and added in a little cardio fix. This was always the workout I found most difficult and although I feel like PIYO is helping me with the strength aspects I was still whooped at the end of it!!!  The weekend wrapped up week 7 with Drench Saturday followed by Strength Intervals on Sunday and I know I’ve mentioned it before but every time I start Strength Intervals and see “22” minutes on the clock I think its going to fly by and be a breeze but man is that difficult! A good difficult but difficult nonetheless!!

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PIYO Drench

I’m really happy with the results I’ve seen thus far and cannot wait to take my ending pictures and measurements soon. My weight hasn’t changed but I see more toning and definition in my arms and I feel stronger.

Here’s to week 8!

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Leftovers for lunch, Quinoa stuffed peppers

Stuffed Peppers

I cannot remember the last time I made stuffed peppers….probably because our grill has been in full force since about April…however I got a craving for them and since they fit perfectly into my PIYO meal plan I figured I’d toss it in as part of  WEEK 7.

I’ve always loved stuffed peppers but my old ones were pretty basic and quite boring – a pound of ground beef, 2 cups brown rice and a jar of spaghetti sauce. They were good but not mouth watering. So I decided to add a little spunk! I call these –

Black bean and corn quinoa stuffed peppers

Ingredients:

(okay – I always make ALOT so I can freeze and use later – so if you’d like you can half this recipe – or take my suggestion and freeze some for later!!!)

  • 2 pounds lean ground turkey

  • 1 can black beans, rinsed well

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (prepared according to directions…I actually made one cup of quinoa and after I added the 2 cups I still had about 2 cups left. We used it for a side later in the week but plan accordingly – you don’t want to waste!!!)

  • 1.5 cups frozen corn

  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes (make sure there are no added ingredients here…you should see tomatoes and ascorbic acid!)

  • 1 large can tomato sauce (same as above – no added ingredients)

  • 1/2 onion

  • 5-6 peppers, color of your choice

  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, optional

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 TBS Wildtree Hearty Spaghetti sauce blend

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Cook quinoa according to directions

Remove and discard the tops, seeds and membranes of the peppers and place in baking dish. You can do these whole or in halves…I chose whole peppers

In a skillet over medium heat cook the turkey with diced onion until evenly browned

Drain turkey after cooking is complete and add remaining ingredients

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 stuffed peppers 2

Spoon mixture into peppers and top with cheese if desired

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Ready to bake!

 Bake for about one hour until peppers are tender

Baked Stuffed Quinoa Peppers

I added a little extra mix around the bottom of the peppers – my hubby appreciated that with a nice slice of bread

Freeze any remaining stuffing or save for leftovers later in the week!

These will also reheat well – we ended up with two dinners and I had one lunch out of this batch!

Leftovers for lunch, Quinoa stuffed peppers

Leftovers for lunch

Note: My next batch was added into some slightly spicy banana peppers – and they were AMAZING! If you like a little kick try these for sure!

 

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