Taco inspired Stuffed Peppers with ground turkey and quinoa


Ok so here is the not so recipe, recipe:


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • Bell peppers 4-6
  • 1/2 cup cheese (whatever you like)
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups black beans
  • 2 cups salsa (Chipotle Salsa Trader Joe’s)
  • Trader Joe’s Taco seasoning or other
  • 1 -2 cups quinoa (cooked)
  • 2 small shallots (or onion)

I only made 3 peppers and I chose red, green and yellow. I have never made this recipe before. It was inspired by another recipe I saw so I just put my own spin on it. I cooked the quinoa in chicken stock instead of water … it taste better that way. I did not blanch the peppers 1st but after reading more recipes, that is what I recommend. Blanch in hot water for 3 minutes. It will help the peppers to cook faster in the oven. Cut off the tops and take out the inside. Leave the top for garnishment.

  1. Cook ground turkey and season with taco seasoning and a little salt
  2. Add chopped shallots, Stir
  3. Add beans (canned are ok), Stir
  4. Add salsa, Stir
  5. Add quinoa, Stir
  6. Add cheese and save a little to sprinkle on top
  7. Spray peppers with coconut oil spray or other spray or EVOO
  8. Add filling and sprinkle cheese
  9. Cook in 350 degree oven for 25 minutes or until peppers are tender
  10. Serve with remaining filling



Surviving Your New Eating Habits


Chia seeds are great to add to yogurt or salads.  Get the extra fiber you need.  6g per serving.
imageI do not use salt to season my food.  Top your meats, eggs or salads with these items for maximum flavor.  South American Salsa is from Costco, Chipotle Salsa, tapenade and satay peanut sauce are from Trader Joe’s.
imageSeason meats with any seasoning of your choice.  Try not to use salt. Use sea salt if you must (moderation). You can purchase the seasonings from anywhere. The house blend is from Target (Archer Farms).  I use low sodium soy sauce to season spinach when I sauté it. I use cayenne pepper on everything; it taste great on eggs, yams and seafood.
image On The 17 day diet, you will eat lots of salads.  But you can not use salad dressing.  I mix balsamic vinegar with dijon mustand, or olive oil with balsamic or use the light champagne vinaigrette from Trager Joe’simageSince you will be axing sugar from your diet, you can use these sweeteners.  Use Stevia In The Raw to sweeten tea or coffee, put in plain greek yogurt or to sweeten oatmeal. I like Stevia In The Raw because it is the closest taste to sugar.  No calories.  Use the unsweetened cocoa (or use cocao) if you need a chocolate fix.  I add this to the greek yogurt with a packet of Stevia and it reminds me of a chocolate treat.  Use agave if you do not care for the Stevia.  But beware of the extra calories it has.  The strawberry fruit jam is key to sweetening the plain yogurt.  I use 2 TB (60 calories).

Sautéed spinach with scallops, shrimp, topped with South American salsa

Sautéed spinach with scallops, shrimp, topped with South American salsa

Sauté shrimp and scallops in 2 teaspoons EVOO. Season with garlic, cayenne pepper, house blend. Sauté spinach in one teaspoon EVOO, season with lite soy sauce, garlic, 21 Salute. Top with South American salsa (Costco). Plate and enjoy.

Yay for legumes

I seasoned ground turkey with everything I could think of; onion, garlic, basil, cayenne paper, paprika, Italian seasoning, black pepper, garlic powder, 21 seasoning, sautéed peppers. Made into meatballs and baked in 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes. I used 1/2 cup canned low-sodium black beans, aprox 1/3 cup of tomatoes and 2 TBSP of garlic salsa. Sprinkle cilantro or parsley on top and more cayenne pepper. Done!

Ground Turkey Taco Salad

Brown Lean Ground Turkey and season with Taco seasoning only ( I use Trader Joe’s *spicy*) . Use spinach, romaine, mixed greens etc. Top with 1/3 cup fat free or reduced fat cheddar cheese and salsa. I also used onions and peppers to add additional flavor.