My First Recipe Post

The start of 2017 brought change for me on many levels. In a very practical sense of the word, we moved. You can read a bit about that here. One day, in the midst of our transition, my daughter and I took advantage of her college break and ventured out to Carytown, a neighborhood in Richmond, Virginia. The shops and eateries are plentiful, so we slow-paced ourselves, and took it all in.

To spend a day with Jordan means undoubtedly we will visit a bookstore. Before we entered Chop Suey Books I was taken by the display of titles out on the sidewalk. I grabbed two that interested me and carried them around inside the store. Jordan truly peruses the aisles, so I utilized the time to check out the diet plan book in hand.

The 100, written by Jorge Cruise, focuses on the horrific effects of sugar regularly consumed in the American diet. The more I skimmed through the book, the more I realized this is the resource I have been in need of for a long time. I’m ready to kick the sugar addiction!

The plan is simple and utilizes a recommended eating plan that we all know our bodies crave: protein and vegetables. By eliminating sugar and carbs you eat better-for-you-foods that have little to no sugar calories and that keep insulin levels from hiking. I learned that elevated insulin means increased hunger and storage of fat cells instead of burning of fat cells.

Cruise gives four weeks worth of easy meal plans. The foods I’m eating are readily available at all markets and easy to prepare. Of course, I love the fact that my body is changing. I’m losing weight and inches and watching fatty areas become firmer. But another perk I found is my meal time preparation rarely demands more than fifteen minutes! It’s like my former twenty six years of cooking have been a lie!

After I finished the initial four weeks of the provided menu, I found that I have the necessary tools to eat well and continue to lose weight at a healthy pace. And guess what? I don’t miss the bread and I don’t crave sweets! I call that a miracle!

I made stuffed peppers last week and found them extremely satisfying even without a rice mixture filler. If you can’t imagine a weight loss plan without an Italian pasta meal, you must try this protein and vegetable rich recipe.

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Healthy Stuffed Peppers

2 cups of homemade spaghetti sauce (Simmer for 30 minutes 28oz of crushed tomatoes, 6oz of tomato paste, 1/2 sautéed chopped onion and 1/2 sautéed green bell pepper, 2 bay leaves, 1/2 tsp of sea salt, 1/2 tsp of basil, 1/2 tsp of oregano, 1/4 tsp of garlic powder, 1/4 tsp black pepper, 1 or 2 packets of stevia sweetener {to offset the acids in the tomatoes} and 1/4 cup of red wine.)

1 pound ground beef, browned, drained, and set aside

4 de-seeded and steamed bell peppers

After sauce is ready, add browned ground beef and mix well before filling bell peppers.

Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Add shredded parmesan the final 5 minutes of baking to the top of each stuffed pepper.

*Helpful tip: You can double and triple the sauce recipe and store extra in the freezer for future meals.

So, this yummy dinner requires more than 15 minutes of prep and cooking time, but your leftovers will totally make up for it when you heat up a stuffed pepper another day!

 

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2 Comments

  1. Erin says:

    That looks tasty 🙂 I’ve been looking to try something new.

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