Sunday, September 21, 2014

Stuffed bell peppers

So last week I was seriously craving stuffed bell peppers so that is what I made for lunches this week. I rarely measure stuff when I'm cooking so the measurements will be approximate but remember you can always adjust recipes to better suit your taste! This recipe made way more than what I needed for the 5 peppers I had but I'm freezing the rest for another batch :)

  • 1/3 c. chopped onion (I used a quarter of a large onion.)
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 2 to 3 cloves of garlic (I use the mince garlic you can buy in a jar from costco so I used over 1 tsp of that)
  • 2 lbs ground beef (you can also use ground turkey or chicken to make this lower in calories)
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 5 mushrooms
  • 1/3 c. kidney beans
  • tomato sauce/crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups of brown rice (cooked separately)
  • bell peppers
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Bake at 350F for 20 minutes 

Preheat your frying pan at medium low heat and get your rice cooking. Use a few tablespoons of oil (can use whatever oil is your favorite, I used olive) and added the onions and garlic.

Once the onions have cooked about halfway throw in the chopped celery and add your beef. I normally use extra lean ground beef but the didn't have any at the store today so I went with lean. Once the beef is cooked you can either strain it with a fine strainer or just push the mixture to one side of the pan and spoon the grease out by lifting the pan so it collects at the bottom.

While the beef is cooking prepare your peppers. I would suggest boiling them for a few minutes before stuffing them because they took a while to soften in the oven. Normally stuffed peppers are done as a whole but I prefer having them in halves.

When the beef is almost completely cooked add in your mushrooms and shred the carrot in. Cook for a few minutes and add in the kidney beans, tomato sauce and spices. I used salt, pepper, oregano, parsley, and an italian mixed seasoning. I also added some Heinz chili sauce because I just felt like something was missing.

Add in your rice and stir well.

Stuff your peppers and put a small amount of water in the bottom of the pan. Bake for 8-10 minutes, take them out and top with cheese and bake for another 4-5 minutes or until the cheese is nicely melted or brown, depending what cheese you are using. I'll be taking these for lunches with a broccoli slaw for some veg.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

PTS course

This weekend was crazy... I feel like I need another weekend. I had to take Friday off work so I could attend the three day course for my personal training certificate. It was a lot of fun, I met some new friends who have the same passion for health and fitness, and I'm looking forward even more to start training people and helping them change their lives.

One of the ladies (women just makes us sound old haha) I met there is competing in November and has a blog as well. Check it out here!

Another thing this weekend did for me was realize how much information there is to know. I'm glad I changed my exam for a later date because I want to ace this exam. I haven't really decided where I'm going to work out of but I'm going to try freelancing first and see how that goes. Maybe if there is enough interest I can coach online? Leave me a comment or PM me on my facebook page if you would be interested in something like that.

I've been a bit absent from here due to a full summer of spending time with friends and family, camping, partying, and just enjoying whatever warm weather we had haha.

I did end up downloading FitnessBlender's newest 8 week challenge and plan on starting it tomorrow. This weekend was just too crazy to have started it so I decided to wait. I smashed out a Nike Training Club workout on Friday evening and kicked my ass, it was awesome! I did a bit of Zumba/Just Dance yesterday afternoon after class but my mom got a new cat so it was cut short so I could meet her new kitty. And today I was expecting an ass kicking since we met at a local boxing club but it wasn't as much of a workout as I had hoped for. I think I sometimes surprise myself with my fitness level because I workout at home lol.

I'm also still toying with the idea of joining a gym. I just hate working out in front of people and today we also met at a local gym and it would be overwhelming for me to workout with that many people around. So I think if I join a gym I should start a smaller one that isn't as busy,

Okay, time for some TV and possibly falling asleep on the couch, hehe.

-- Kelsey