What? No post yesterday? I know, I’m sorry! Yesterday was an absolute whirlwind, and I did not stop moving until about 11 o’ clock last night. It was a kitchen scrub-down kind of day, so I mainly juiced yesterday and focused on the cleaning to be done. I did get in a solid 3 mile run though, so not too shabby!
Tonight however, I did get into the kitchen to make a little magic! I diced all my veggies and, after nearly losing a thumb, got down to business and cranked out some KILLER stuffed green peppers! Just to be clear, this wasn’t “mama’s home cooking” stuffed green peppers. I don’t know how your mama made it, but mine threw in plenty of beef, cream of mushroom soup, and white rice. I don’t think I have any of those ingredients in my kitchen right now. I’m on a CLEAN EATING CLEANSE for crying out loud! I did the next best thing, though. Quinoa, cooked in homemade vegetable broth. Garlic, onions, celery, and chopped kale. Plenty of cumin and just a teeny bit of nutritional yeast. Oh yeah, now we’re in business. Tasty AND clean-eating approved!
Side note* It makes things a hell of a lot easier if you prep your veggies in advance!
Stuffed Green Peppers (makes 10 servings)
- 1 onion, diced
- 3 stalks celery, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 3 medium tomatoes, diced
- 3 vine-ripened tomatoes cut in half + ½ cup vegetable broth, preferably homemade
- A few healthy shakes of cayenne pepper (only if you want it spicy!)
- ¾ cups quinoa, dry
- 1 bunch kale, roughly chopped
- 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 ½ cups vegetable broth, preferably homemade
- ¼ cup nutritional yeast
- 5 green peppers, sliced lengthwise & seeds removed
Cook your quinoa in the vegetable broth and set aside.
Sauté the onion, garlic, and celery for about 5 minutes, and then throw your diced tomatoes and spices into the mix.
Add in your kale, and stir until kale is wilted. Then throw your nutritional yeast, quinoa & black beans into the mix! Simmer for 10 minutes. (At this point, if the whole mixture seems a little dry, add an extra quarter cup of vegetable broth to the mixture.)
Preheat the oven to 350 while your mixture is simmering. It is at this point that you want to add the 3 vine-ripened tomatoes and ½ cup vegetable broth to your Ninja (or blender) and puree the mixture. Pour contents out onto baking sheet and spread around evenly.
Your pot on the oven should be done simmering by now. Remove from heat and begin stuffing your peppers! Fill each pepper with a heaping amount of the quinoa/veggie mixture. I filled 5 peppers (10 halves) with this amount. Place each pepper onto the baking sheet, on top of the tomato puree.
Bake for 50 minutes.
Enjoy the hell out of your amazing dinner and be proud you made it from scratch!
Not only was my dinner tonight totally healthy (seriously, name ONE thing in this recipe that isn’t good for you!), it was made using all locally harvested ingredients! Minus the canned black beans. It truly was a win-win situation tonight in my kitchen, and the veggie scraps were all thrown into Joey, my trusty juicer, along with a couple apples, to create the perfect cleansing juice! Now, some of you are probably wondering why the hell am I making 10 servings of this meal when I live alone! Well, one possibility is that I was extremely hungry… okay, even I couldn’t eat that much, no matter how ravenous I was. So the only logical explanation is… yep, you guessed it! I’m freezing the leftover peppers in individual serving sizes so I can have a quick and easy meal on-the-go whenever I want! Winner winner
chicken vegan dinner!
I would absolutely recommend a clean eating challenge to anyone looking to look good, feel healthy, and just totally RADIATE awesomeness! I can’t tell you how great I feel, and how empowered I am by cooking from scratch! Making something out of nothing is a thing of beauty, and it’s just so dang satisfying! I will admit, tomorrow will be a tricky day since I will be on the road straight after work heading for Toledo. Eating clean on the road is hard, and fast food or even eating out in general is not my favorite activity. I may do a post from the road, though, so be on the lookout!