Fried Quinoa Stuffed Peppers & Coconut Lime Shrimp – Serves 4

Back to the grind.  Spent the weekend brunching, laughing, and lounging.  I try to do bulk cooking on Sundays but I was a weeeee bit too lazy so meal prep day was moved to Monday.  Now I’ve got leftovers for all my lunches – perfect.

I’ll keep this educational piece short and sweet…  These recipes are super easy and the ingredients are good for you!  Yes, good for you.  The more variety, the better.  Think color, think antioxidants.  Lastly, these stuffed peppers are perfect for vegetarians – not only are they filled with varied vegetables but quinoa is a complete protein.  Not all complete proteins need to come from meat, poultry, or seafood!  However I wanted seafood so I put together the fixings for my favorite shrimp recipe.

Fried Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients:

  • 4 colored Bell Peppers with the insides/core removed
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 large yellow onion, minced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, minced
  • 1 cup green onions, minced
  • 1/4 cup peanuts, crushed
  • 1/2 cup carrots, shredded
  • 2 tbsp pineapple, crushed
  • 2 tbsp garlic, minced
  • SPICES (4-5 shakes):  Curry powder, tumeric, cumin, garlic powder, curry powder, red pepper flakes, chili powder, and ground black pepper
  • OPTIONAL:  Sea salt
  • Coconut oil – enough to coat a frying pan

Methodology:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  3. Heat a frying pan with coconut oil under medium-high heat.
  4. Add to the frying pan the following ingredients: yellow onion, cilantro, green onion, peanuts, carrots, and pineapple.  Sauté well for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the quinoa, egg, spices, and salt (if used).  Sauté for an additional 10 minutes.
  6. Remove the quinoa mixture from heat and stuff the pepper shells.  Place the bottoms of the peppers directly on the parchment paper and allow the insides to face up.
  7. Cook for 15 minutes then set on a plate for serving!

Coconut Lime Shrimp

Ingredients:

  • 1# jumbo shrimp, fresh with the tails/shells removed (or frozen)
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 limes, juice (the size of a golf ball)
  • Coconut oil to coat frying pan

Methodology:

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well.
  2. Under medium-high heat add coconut oil to a frying pan.
  3. Toss in the shrimp mixture and cook until golden brown.
  4. Set aside for serving or add to the plate with the stuffed pepper – such an amazing combination.  Makes me want to go someplace tropical.

What else was on my plate?  I did add my usual staple of greens which tends to be either kale, asparagus, or Brussels sprouts.  As seen above, I added my Garlic Peppered Asparagus but unlike the linked recipe I did not add pumpkin seeds or Brussels.

xxx – Sarah

Thai Ginger Peanut Wings – Serves a Dozen+

Super Bowl.  Wings.  Those two words represent American favorites that go hand in hand. I officially coin the Super Bowl as a free pass to indulge lightly.  Those football players are burning some serious calories and shedding sodium so it’s our duty to support them by eating!

Most of my friends looooooove wings, and I was going to a party, thus culinary thoughts went wild in my head.  This dish is filled with flavor and best of all is that none of it was sodium (salt) based!

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Did you know, too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure, fluid retention/water weight, thirst, puffiness around the eyes, and swelling to the extremities?  Maybe rethink the salt shaker next time OR do a ‘1-2’ count when using a shaker to prevent adding too much salt.  The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for a Healthy Eating Pattern recommends consumption of less than 2300 mg of salt daily.  Here’s some food for a thought, a teaspoon (tsp) is equivalent to 2300 mg of salt.  No wonder there were times when I couldn’t bend my fingers or my eyes looked tired – I’m guilty of having a heavy hand with the salt shaker at times.  It’s a love/hate relationship.

Ingredients:

  • 4# chicken wings with the skin (dry with paper towels before using)
  • 1 large bundle of cilantro, minced (1 1/2 cup)
  • 1 large bundle of green onion (1 cup)
  • 1 cup raw peanuts, chopped
  • 4 tbsp chili powder
  • 3 tbsp ginger, minced
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp tumeric
  • 2 tbsp powdered ginger
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp ginger, minced/grated
  • 2 tbsp apple vinegar
  • 1/2 cup EVOO
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • Juice of a medium lime (1/4 cup)
  • OPTIONAL or as desired: sea salt

Methodology:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.  In a large cooking pan (disposable tin) lay out the wings and top with black pepper.  Cook for 15 minutes.
  2. Separately under medium-high heat sauté the green onion, cilantro, coconut flour, sesame oil, EVOO, peanuts, garlic, ginger, lime juice, apple vinegar, and dry spices (chili powder, red pepper flakes, powdered ginger and turmeric).
  3. Remove wings from the oven and cover with the green onion and cilantro mixture.
  4. Cook in the oven for 30-40 minutes until desired texture/crispiness is achieved.
  5. Garnish with cilantro and/or peanuts prior to serving.  If your friends are afraid of life without salt – add it at your own discretion.
  6. Gooooo Broncos!

 

xxx – Sarah

Layered Garlic Turkey Munchers – Serves 4

Meals throughout the day are very important and the main reason is to keep your metabolism working rather than to slow it down.  When you feed your body, your metabolism works, and when you don’t, it works.  The key to successful weight loss management is constantly keeping yourself fed and some of the other benefits include: 1) Energy, 2) Satiety, and 3) Performance.

This is a guilt-free dish that I love to eat as a snack between meals or as a meal.  What makes it so perfect?  It is a lean dish that is high in protein, water, antioxidants, and complex carbohydrates.  The best, and I mean absolute best, part of this recipe is that it takes less than 10 minutes to make – pressed for time?  Test it out now!

Meat Mixture Ingredients:

  • 1 pound, ground – lean turkey breast (97-99% fat-free)
  • 1 cup, quartered – angel sweet cherry tomatoes (or plain cherry tomatoes)
  • 1/2 cup, minced – celery
  • 2-3 tablespoons, minced – garlic
  • 1/4 cup, minced – cilantro
  • 1-2 tablespoons – ‘Garlic Lovers’ Flavor God Seasoning   (Sidebar note: I am absolutely loving the Flavor God products since they are packed fresh, high in flavor, low-sodium, gluten-free, and interchangeable thus can be utilized with any recipe).
  • Coconut oil or spray of choice to coat the frying pan

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Layering Ingredients:

  • 2 cups, medium sliced –  celery stalks
  • 1 cup, sliced – champagne sweet cherry tomatoes (or plain cherry tomatoes)

Methodology:

  1. In a coated frying pan over medium-high heat, combine the garlic and cilantro then mix well.
  2. Add the celery and tomatoes then saute for about 2-3 minutes then lower to medium heat.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the flavor god seasoning and the ground turkey together.
  4. Add the ground turkey to the garlic/cilantro mixture and mix well for 3-5 minutes allowing the meat to form a light brown to golden color.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. In four Tupperware containers for snacks or four regular plates – layer the celery on the bottom followed by the tomatoes.
  7. Then add the ground turkey mixture on top (divide into four portions).  The key is to think of a nacho bean layer dip but only with water-based vegetables and lean animal protein.
  8. Serve cold or heated – time to get crunchin.’

turkey munchers

xxx – Sarah