Stuffed Romano peppers with turkey, Israeli couscous and pine nuts, plus tips on cooking with herbs and spices

If you can’t tell by now, I’m kind of obsessed with herbs and spices. In fact, one of the first things I think when brainstorming new recipe ideas or deciding what to pack for lunch (right after how can I make this healthier?) is: How can I incorporate herbs and spices into this dish?...more

Mexican Quinoa & Spinach Stuffed Peppers

I had never made stuffed peppers before this recipe. I had ordered them at restaurants, ate them at friend’s houses, and seen them on Pinterest but had never made them! I mistakenly thought they would be too complicated with too many ingredients. But I came up with this recipe after looking at a dozen or so recipes online and tailored it to our tastes. The boyfriend isn’t a fan of onion/scallions, so I have to pretty much take them out of every dish I make....more

Vegan Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers with Cilantro Lime Hummus

Vegan Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers.   ...more

Tex-Mex Stuffed Peppers


Grilled Peppers Stuffed with Black Rice, Beans, and Fresh Cilantro

   As is the case with many of my culinary creations, I took a stock of what I had in my fridge, and saw some big fat juicy peppers.  I then thought those would be really good if I stuffed them with something.  I didn't have any meat, so I thought of using beans as the main stuffing ingredient instead.  But, they were too large to stuff with just beans, (that'd be a whole lot of beans for one serving), so I thought that I would mix the beans with some rice, and give it a Mexican flavor.  Since it was an amazingly nice day outside, I would grill them.  And so the creating begins...I will also detail some tasty variations.. such as adding bacon. Yes, this variation is for you if you are a vegetarian who loves bacon....more

Quinoa and Turkey Stuffed Peppers

I love red bell peppers. I love quinoa. I think ground turkey is OK. Is the "one of these things is not like the other" song from Sesame Street playing in your head too?? Even though I don't love ground turkey, I use it a lot. Why? It is much healthier than ground beef or pork and it is very versatile. But the secret to using ground turkey is that you have to impart TONS of flavor into it because it has almost none on it's own. But don't worry, I'm up to the challenge!...more
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Quinoa and lean ground beef stuffed peppers.

Quick dinner idea: Stuffed peppers!

If you're like me, the last thing you want to do after a full day of work (and an hour of LA traffic) is make dinner.  After an especially long day, the thought of slaving over a hot stove is so unappealing. But no more! ...more

Stuffed Peppers

In my last blog post I mentioned that as of last week I am on a six week Fast for Orthodox Christmas - Vegan diet for six weeks. The first few days are always hard, but after the first week you begin to settle in and it gets easier. Well, that's how it has been in the past. This year after only 4 days my husband decided that he wasn't going to do the Fast. He says that it's too hard for him with his work hours (12 hours/day) and that he "messed up" three times already. Sigh. Now I'm on my own....more

Slow Cooker Sunday - Stuffed Peppers

The ingredients. I cheated and cooked the rice first. Was not sure how the rice situation would work. Didn't want to chance it. I normally use minute rice but this time I used Jasmine rice. Which my newer microwave does not cook rice nicely. So I used more water hoping it would not be super dry and almost burnt (but not done) like usual and this time it turned out mushy....more