For lunch I had a spring salad packed with mini cucumbers, grape tomatoes, fresh strawberries, cottage cheese, and balsamic vinegar. I also had a giant gala apple and a big glass of lemon water!
I’ve had this book for a while now and after reading posts by two of my favorite bloggies (Jenny and Megan) talking about eating habits and Intuitive Eating, I figured it was time to whip this baby open. I’ve always strived to be an intuitive eater and this book is swimming with information!
I also wandered around the yard like a lost puppy with my camera. I am a little bit obsessed with my Mommy’s garden.
I can not wait to cook with these fresh herbs!
After acquiring a nice red tint to my skin, the mom, sister and I ran a few errands. We schemed dinner along the way and decided on stuffed peppers and veggie burgers! Look at how cute these little guys are!
Quinoa Stuffed Mini Peppers
1C cooked quinoa
1/2C black beans
1/2C diced tomatoes (canned)
1/2t garlic powder
1/4t crushed red pepper
1T olive oil
15-20 mini sweet peppers
1. Preheat oven to 350F
2. In a medium sized bowl, mix together cooked quinoa, black beans, diced tomatoes, garlic powder, cumin, crushed red pepper, basil, and 1 T olive oil.
3. Wash and cut the stems off of the peppers and clean out the insides.
4. Using a small scoop, fill each pepper with the quinoa mixture.
5. Coat a small pan with EVOO and poor in remaining diced tomatoes. Then place the peppers in the pan [on their sides] and bake for 25-30 minutes. The extra liquid from the tomatoes will help soften the peppers. Note: The peppers will still be a little crunchy and the quinoa mixture will begin to brown. Serve hot.
Here’s how they look pre-cooked.
Here’s how they look cooked- pretty similar.
For the record- I think my favorite kind of pepper is the yellow kind. Green is definitely my least favorite.
For dinner I had a bunch of those little guys along with a VEGGIE BURGER SALAD! When we were at TJ’s the other day, we picked up some burgies.
We grilled these guys up and I crumbled one on a bed of lettuce like so. Drizzled with Balsamic of course!
Now- The sister dad and I are off to spend the night at my grandparents in Chicago. Early tomorrow morning we are off to Cleveland until Friday! I think I forgot to mention this small detail, eh?
Which reminds me- Any Clevelanders out there? Do you have any recommendations foodie-wise and/or attraction-wise. This will be my first time in Ohio and I want to make the best of it!
How was your long weekend?
Are you reading any good books?