THE BEST Stuffed Peppers Ever

My family LOVES stuffed peppers and the best thing is you can make them out of basically whatever you have on hand! BUT THESE, these are the go to Peppers in our house 😍 You will not be disappointed!

Ingredients:

6 large Bell Peppers ( I prefer a mix of orange, red and green)

1 lb Ground beef (I use elk or venison)

1⁄2 cup onion, Chopped

1/2 can tomato paste

3 fresh tomatoes, diced

1 cup rice of your choice (I prefer brown or jasmine) **Busy mom tip: I cook my rice in the instant pot the day before

1 cup water (for cooking rice)

1 teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt

1 tbsp garlic powder

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 cup Mexican cheese blend, Shredded

Directions:

Cut off the tops of peppers; discard seeds and membranes, chop peppers in half length wise.

Cook the whole green peppers, uncovered in boiling water for about 5 minutes; invert to drain well.

*in a separate pot put water bring to boil add rice cook until rice is soft – unless using precooked rice like I do.

In a skillet cook ground beef, onion till meat is browned and onions are tender.

Add tomatoes, paste, salt, garlic powder, Worcestershire, and rice.

if needed add more water.

add rice to beef mixture.

Stir in cheese. Stuff peppers with meat/rice mixture. Place in a baking dish or on a cookie sheet lined with foil.

Bake, covered in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. in the last 5 minutes add any remaining cheese to the top of the peppers.

And ENJOY! Because these are amazing!!!

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Taco Boat Throwdown

Tonight was one of those "okay how do we throw something together fast, without going grocery shopping?" Kinda nights 😳
So was born our zucchini taco boats 😍😍😍

Ingredients:

  • 2 whole zucchini
  • 1 lb lean ground beef (I used ground elk)
  • 1 whole onion -diced
  • 2 bell peppers OR 2 cups baby sweet peppers -diced
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 avocado (or guacamole)
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Shredded cheese
  • Salsa
  • My sodium free taco seasoning
  • 1tbsp water
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
  • Pepper
  • Saran Wrap
  • Olive oil

*optional
For the family 😉 1 box jiffy cornbread mix and it's ingredients

Directions:

  • Brown the meat in large skillet
  • Once almost completely browned add water and taco seasoning to taste
  • Slice zucchini in half lengthwise, do not cut completely through but almost
  • Spray small amount of non stick cooking
  • spray in the middle of the zucchini
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper
  • Wrap with Saran Wrap and microwave 5 minutes, then let it stand 2 minutes
  • Do the same to the other zucchini
  • Add a small amount of oil to the pan with the meat moved to the side
  • Add onion and peppers leaving 1/2 cup raw for topping
  • Cooking onion and peppers and blend with taco meat and turn off heat
  • Mix corn and black beans in microwave safe bowl and cover and microwave on high 2 minutes
  • Open Saran wrapped zucchini and *optional : scoop out center (I prefer to leave the center in
  • Top with meat mixture, lettuce, peppers, salsa, cheese, bean and corn mixture and salsa

*Optional Corn Bread Base for non-zucchini lovers

  • Follow directions on jiffy box to mix pancakes
  • Heat griddle and make corn bread pancakes 🥞
  • Top exactly the same as the zucchini boats

These were a hit by all and so fast and simple and most importantly, you don't need your oven on a hot summer day!

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My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.

His Grace Is Sufficient

As I laid in bed this morning listening to these little voices build and imagine and play in the hallway together, just to be near where I am ❤️ I was overcome with total gratitude for this amazing gift of motherhood and stewardship of these tiny hearts, hands and feet They absorb every breath I breathe, every thought I think and every word I speak.

They long to be near us always, in the quiet moments and in the crazy ones.

They watch us, watch ourselves in the mirror and learn how to think and talk about their own bodies.

They watch us show kindness to strangers and learn to be kind, always and to everyone.

They watch us love our husbands, their daddy and hero, and watch him love us, and learn what a healthy and strong marriage should look like and what they can expect from a man.

They watch us praise the Lord and sing to Him, read of Him and act as He would approve, and they learn to love Him.

They listen as We lift others up, speak acceptance and love into their lives, and they learn to pour their hearts into others, to be empathetic.

They watch and listen as we contain, or try our hardest to contain 😉, our temper, our anxiety, our depression, and learn to be strong and steadfast and a fighter-despite their weaknesses.

They watch us fall to our knees and depend on Him for our strength, and learn to be arrows, to turn to Him in times of need.

They watch us press on, work hard and talk about passion and purpose and dreams and things that seem impossible without faith, and they learn to have faith, to dream BIG, and that they can accomplish anything they want with God and mommy in their corner ❤️

We are more than just a mom, We are warriors, an example, a steward. And they are more than our beautiful children, they are daughters and sisters and someday mothers in Christ, Sons, Brothers and someday Fathers in Christ, they are arrows in the Lords army, they are the future.
So I will keep sharing my weaknesses and my fight, so they can see where I draw my strength ❤ And I urge you to share yours too, continue to lead by example and we need to remember as mommas, that even when we think they aren’t watching and maybe think we aren’t leading, they are, we are, always.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.- 2 Corinthians 12:9

Happy Mothers Day week to all my other arrow raisers, arrow sharpeners and arrow buffers 😉 whether you’re a mom of your own arrows or a significant role model for the arrows in your life, you are raising the future ❤️ Thank you for all you do and for all the beautiful “mothers” in my girls life, I could not raise these warriors without you!  

Oven Nachos – Fix Approved

If your kiddos are anything like mine they are CONSTANTLY asking for food. As if I don’t feed them? As if they didn’t just eat an apple, a sandwich, a bowl of cereal, a string cheese, 5 strawberries and about 15 other things…as if.

Well, this afternoon they were begging (literally begging) me for something MORE to eat! ……I of course said “drink a glass of water and wait 5 minutes” I mean, I don’t want to raise over-eaters but I also don’t want to not feed a hungry child! So while they waited their 5 minutes, I glanced at the clock… It was 525pm!  And I don’t know about you, but if I haven’t started dinner, let alone started thinking about dinner, yet at 525pm, all may as well be lost and we can call our very favorite delivery kid from the friendly neighborhood Bellagios or we can expect to pull all our hair out dealing with starving children who somehow morph into an angry pack of screaming wolves if dinner is served after 630pm!

So I had to think quick to avoid the slippery slope that is take out, not to mention the poor kids were totally right to be hungry, it was dinner time!

Open the freezer, HAAAALELUJAH! Ground Turkey to save the day…and the rest is history 😉

Oven Nachos are the quickest, healthiest, tastiest most incredible thing I have up my sleeve. All you need is:

  • 1.5 lbs Ground beef
  • 1 Serving of my salt and sugar free Taco Seasoning
  • 1 can of Organic Black Beans
  • 1 Cup Shredded Cheese of your choice (I use mexican blend)
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • 2-3 Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Diced Onion
  • 1 Diced Avocado
  • 1 small can Sliced Olives (for the kids 😉 )
  • Greek Yogurt or Sour Cream
  • Tortilla Chips (I use whole grain chips from Costco)

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Step 1:

Preheat the oven to 375*

Step 2:

Brown the ground turkey in a skillet, add taco seasoning and cook through. Add half the diced onion to the meat and simmer for 3 minutes.

Step 3:

Spread the can of black beans over the bottom of your oven safe casserole dish

Step 4:

Top the beans with the cooked meat

Step 5:

Top with Cheese

Step 6:

Place on middle rack of oven for 12 minutes or until cheese is melted

Step 7:

While cooking, dice up veggies

Step 8:

Upon removing from the oven, top with lettuce, tomatoes, onion, avocado, and olives

Serve while hot with greek yogurt/sour cream and tortilla chips!

 

Enjoy and repeat often!

 

Apple Sausage Heaven in a Pan

Sometimes you just need a good wholesome comfort food on a rainy day… This one pan Apple Sausage dish is heavenly and perfect, and a treat the whole family can enjoy!

 

Here’s what you will need:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound chicken apple sausage (brats, or your other favorite low sodium sausage can easily work 😉), sliced
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 apple, chopped
3 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 (14.5 oz) can of tomatoes with green chilies
1/3 cup almond milk
10 ounces pasta (I used whole grain penne.)
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup blend of Monterey Jack cheese, mozzarella and Parmesan or and 1 of the 3, shredded

In a large skillet, add olive oil and set the temperature to medium high heat. Add in the onions and sausage and cook for about 5 minutes until brown. Then, put in the garlic and apples, cooking for about another minute.

Next, add the chicken broth, canned tomatoes, almond milk, pasta, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil stirring until past is fully cooked.

Eeduce heat to low, add cheese to the pasta. Stir to combine.

Serve up, dish up and enjoy, because you may not have many leftovers! 😉

 

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Tuesday Taco Bowl Bar

It’s Taco Tuesday! AND  Tasty Tuesday!  What better day to do share a healthy FAMILY RECIPE for a Taco Bowl Bar!  My kiddos and hubby love this!  It is great for family dinners and for girls nights!  It is easy, quick and a perfect addition to your weekly menu plan…and it’s Fix approved!

taco tuesday taco bowl

Ingredients:

4 Chicken Breast

1 lb ground turkey (I use venison)

2 tbsp Taco Seasoning

1 cup Salsa (21 Day Fix salsa is perfect for you fixers 🙂 )

3 roma tomatoes

1 white onion

1 stalk green onions

cilantro

lettuce

1 avocado

1 can black olives

Plain greek yogurt

1 cup brown rice or quinoa

2 cups water

1 can organic corn

1 can organic black beans

 

Instructions:

Crock Pot Salsa Chicken:

  • Add chicken to your crockpot
  • Add salsa
  • Cook on low 6 hours

Rice:

  • Place 2 cups water in sauce pan and bring to boil
  • add rice/quinoa and reduce to low heat
  • cover and simmer for about 20 minutes or until rice is cooked through
  • Place in bowl with Taco Bar

Taco Meat:

  • Defrost ground meat
  • add to fry pan and brown thoroughly
  • add taco seasoning and mix well
  • Add to bowl for Taco Bar

Beans and Corn:

  • Open both cans and drain
  • Add to microwave safe bowl
  • Microwave on high 3 – 4 minutes
  • Place with Taco Bar

Chop all veggies and place in bowls or on plates for a completed Taco Bar

Serve with greek yogurt in place of sour cream!

Create your Bowl!

*Optional:

  • Tortilla Chips
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Organic Sour Cream
  • Salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Tortillas

1 Green, 1.5 Red, 1 Blue, 1 Yellow (if you eat the rice or quinoa)