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



Turkey Meatballs with Black Beans


Basic Recipe:

Preheat oven to 375. Bake meatballs for 22 minutes.

Season ground turkey with everything you have. No one likes bland food. I used garlic, black pepper, salt and Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning.

Sauté  onion, green pepper, red pepper and spinach after spraying the pan with Coconut Oil Spray or whatever you have. I use the fire roasted frozen veggies from Trader Joe’s and added spinach. Use what you have!!

After the veggies have cooled off, I chopped them up very well and added them to the seasoned ground turkey mix. I do not like touching the meat with my hands, so I scoop it up with a TB and place in glass baking dish that I sprayed with Coconut Oil spray. You do not have to because the ground turkey will produce its own fat!

Look for can black beans that contain low sodium. I seasoned the beans with cumin only. I only ate 1/2 cup of black beans

That’s is. Simple, quick, delicious! Modify as you see fit and let me know how yours turned out!




I love Shrimp

I love Shrimp

Sauté Shrimp in EVOO 4minutes each side. Season to taste. Brussels were roasted at 400 for 25. Seasoned with garlic, black pepper, Himalayan salt crystals, 21 seasoning salute, and EVOO. Sauté spinach in EVOO season to taste. Toss with Trader Joe’s Thai Green Curry simmer sauce. Sorry no measurements. I just cook.

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).

Salmon with roasted cauliflower and broccoli Day6

imageSalmon seasoned with organic no-salt seasoning and Trader Joe’s taco seasoning mix. Lemon slices. Roasted broccoli and cauliflower seasoned with no-salt seasoning and EVOO. 425 degree oven for 15-20 minutes

17 day diet

17 day diet

Day 2 Breakfast . 4 egg whites with spinach and tomatoes. White tuna. Scramble 4 egg whites. Lightly spray pan with olive oil spray. Add egg whites, handful of spinach and cut Roma tomatoes or cut cherry tomatoes. Scramble. Top with fat free feta cheese and Green olive tapenade (Trader Joe’s) … Use any tuna in a can with water. Season to taste. Try to avoid salt.  Use a seasoning blend that does not contain salt.

The Shrimp and Grits Recipe

The Shrimp & Grits recipe

So many people have asked for this recipe but unfortunately there isn’t one. But here are the ingredients that you will need.

*Sauté the shrimp in garlic EVOO
*Add milk or cream to grits
*Cook grits according to directions
*Trader Joe’s grits have lots of texture. Use less grits than directions call for
*Season the grits with Lawrys, white pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika and vegetable seasoning while they are cooking (add as much cheese as you desire)
*Spread grits in a baking pan. I usually line with non-stick foil
*Let set for a few minutes until grits are stiff
*Top with shrimp, cheese, parsley and cayenne pepper
*Bake in 400 degree oven for 10-15 minutes
*Let dish set for 10 minutes
*Enjoy with Trader Joes’s croissants