Stuffed Taco Peppers

If you love peppers and tacos then pull up a seat and keep on reading because this recipe is for you.

I absolutely love this recipe and Vaughn says it’s his favorite meal. It’s easy and doesn’t take a long time, but is filling and delicious.

Stuffed Taco Peppers

4 peppers (any color)

2 -3 TBSP of Taco seasoning (make your own (my recipe below))

1 packet ranch dressing mix

1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil

1 onion diced

1 can of fire roasted diced tomatoes

1/2 cup water

1 pound lean ground hamburger meat 3/4- 1 cup taco cheese

Add Salt and pepper to taste

 

Taco seasoning

3 tablespoons chili powder

2 tablespoons ground cumin

1 tablespoon onion powder

2 teaspoons paprika

3/4 teaspoon garlic powder

3/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Mix all together and store in a baggy or air tight container or use right away.

Directions:

Add onions and olive oil in a pan and sauté. Add hamburger meat. Cook till brown and no red showing. Add in taco seasoning and water. Stir till all is combined and then add the can of diced tomatoes and stir. Add the ranch dressing packet and stir to incorporate. Add more water if needed.

Prep your peppers by washing them and drying them. Cut the tops off and split them in half. Pick all the seeds out and then place in a baking dish that has a thin coating of water on the bottom. Start adding the taco mix to the half peppers and then place cheese on top. Place aluminum foil over the pan, but poke holes in it and don’t lay it flat. Make sure to raise it up a litte. Your cheese will stick if you don’t. We want all the cheese we can get. Yum!

Bake at 375 for 35-40 minutes. Peppers should be tender and cheese should be melted. If needed, you can drain some of the water off, but it will be fine if you don’t either. It works both ways.

You can serve with rice, beans, salad, or chips and salsa. We did salads tonight and it was so good!

This recipe will make 8 halves. I usually eat a whole pepper, so two halves for me. Double the recipe if needed! My picky kids don’t eat them so it’s just Vaughn and I on nights like this. They don’t know what they’re missing.

So, get in the kitchen and make some peppers. It’s a better alternative to taco shells. You save calories and plus it’s a veggie. The more veggies the better.

Love and Prayers,

Holly

Chicken Stir Fry

I love dinners that are simple, but good. And when you add in the word healthy it just makes it even better. Tonight I made Chicken Stir Fry and it’s one of those meals that fills you up.

 

I have to admit though, since doing a lower carb diet I haven’t ate rice. Oh how I miss it. When we go to oriental restaurants i have just been getting veggies and meat. And it’s good....but rice. Yum! I love rice, as you can tell, but instead eating rice at home I have been using cauliflower rice for me instead and overall I have to say it’s not bad. It’s definitely not “rice” but it’s a good alternative if you can’t have the real thing.

 

So if you want to make this recipe even healthier give the cauliflower rice a try.

 

Chicken Stir Fry

 

2-4 Large Chicken Breast (skinned and boneless)

Brown Rice or White (2-4 servings) Cauliflower Rice (healthy option) I buy the organic Walmart brand.

Medium size bag of stir fry vegetables Fresh broccoli or any other veggies Onion (chopped)

1 garlic clove minced

Low sodium soy sauce (1/2 cup to 2/3 cup total) or liquid Aminos

1/2 tsp- 1 tsp ground ginger

Salt and pepper

1 TBSP olive oil

1 TBSP Kerry Gold Butter

 

In your skillet place oil and chicken breast. Salt and pepper both sides and sprinkle ginger on chicken. Cook both sides and add in onion, garlic, and fresh veggies. Cook 3 min and then add in frozen veggies. Take out chicken and add in 1/2 cup soy sauce.

 

Dice chicken and then place bake in skillet. Place lid on top and cook for 7-10 minutes till the veggies are cooked the way you like them. I like a crunch!

 

Make rice in the microwave and follow directions for both. You can add the rice in or place in a separate dish and let everyone choose which they want. You can also add the rice or cauliflower rice to a skillet with a little butter. Yum either eay. 

 

Add soy sauce to rice and then place chicken and veggies on top.

 

Simple! Easy! And delicious! My kind of meal. And unfortunately my kids did not eat it... peanut butter it was for them. They really don’t know what they are missing. Hopefully one day their taste buds will change and they will love all veggies. Until then we will continue to try.

 

Hope you Enjoy!

 

Love and Prayers,

Holly

Brown Rice

Cauliflower Rice

Lower Carb Chili

Anyone love chili? I do. I love veggie chili, bean only chili, and chili with turkey or beef. I love to eat it with corn bread, cheese and sour cream. Yum! I also love trying other people’s chili recipes. I love spicy and mild. And don’t really have one I prefer, but I found a new recipe I love.

 

If you don’t like chili then move past this post because it ain’t for you. Haha!

 

I recently made a low carb chili recipe and I have to say... even Vaughn liked it and said it was good. I’m all about easy recipes and recipes that fill you up. So, this recipe is just that. It’s a great staple recipe and I think my chili lovers will LOVE it.

 

Low carb Chili (substitutions can be made)

 

1 pound ground beef

1 yellow pepper (chopped)

1 red pepper (chopped)

1 onion (chopped)

3 stalks celery (chopped)

8 oz tomato paste (no salt added)

1 can of tomatoes (diced)

1 1/2 TBSP chili powder

1 1/2 TBSP cumin

1 TSP onion powder

3/4 cup water (more if needed)

Salt and pepper

 

Cook peppers, celery and onions. Cook till tender! Add beef and cook till brown. Add tomato paste, tomatoes, seasonings, and water. Shimmer for 15-20 minutes with lid on. Taste! Check seasonings and add anything that is needed.

 

Serve with shredded cheese and sour cream.

 

If you aren’t doing low carb I would add some dark red kidney beans and pinto beans and also serve with cornbread or crackers.

 

I made Vaughn’s with beans tonight and just separated the two and made one lower carb and then his. I highly suggest you giving this chili a try. And even if you don’t like beef or ground turkey you could definitely add different types of beans and it would be just as good.

 

Remember to play around with recipes and make them your own. Don’t get stuck in a rut eating the same foods all the time. I have been doing lower carb since mid November and I’m branching out on recipes and trying new things. Sometimes they are good and sometimes they are horrible. You just have to try.

 

Hope you enjoy!

 

Love and Prayers,

Holly

Salmon Meal

Need a quick and easy meal that is healthy too! I’ve got you covered! If you love salmon or any type of fish this meal is for you... and no my kids didn’t eat it. They had cheese quesadillas..duh! Haha!

 

Tonight’s dinner was and is one of my favorites. It was salmon, Cole Slaw, Green Beans, and salad....plus I made homemade cheddar garlic biscuits. Can you say yum??? It was delicious. I, of course, didn’t have any biscuits, but it was still very good. And filling...I’m still feeling full!

 

Salmon

 

I buy my salmon at Aldi in the frozen section. They are wild caught salmon filets and come 4 to a pack. They are cheap and good. I will lay them out in the morning on my counter to thaw or If you are in a rush like me just place how many you need in warm water and let them sit. They come individually packed which makes it nice. After they are thawed I then place them in a bowl and then make my marinade in a separate bowl.

 

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp basil (dried)

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 clove of garlic (minced finely)

1/4 tsp of salt

1/4 tsp of pepper

1/2 tsp paprika

 

Pour over the salmon and let it get coated. You can let this sit for a while or just do a quick marinade. The fish will be delicate. I usually brush the marinade on. I have a grill skillet so I put butter in my skillet and coat my pan and then cook my fish for 8-10 minutes on medium heat. Depending on how you like your fish it will shorter and or longer.

 

Green Beans

 

I love garden beans. Especially from my Papaw’s garden, but when I run out I improvise and these beans are a fav of mine. Easy and simple. I love to buy the steam-able bag from Birds Eye. I love the whole green bean. I steam then In the microwave per the packing instructions and when done I pour 1/4-1/2cup of olive oil, 1 tsp garlic salt, and pepper and mix till they have been coated.

 

Cole Slaw

 

Buy a bag of cole slaw mix and put in a bowl.

 

You will need:

2/3 cup mayo

1/4 cup sugar or sugar substitute

1 tsp pepper

1 tsp salt

2 TBSP vinegar

2 TBSP buttermilk or milk

 

Mix together and allow to sit for 30 min.

 

Cheddar Garlic Biscuits

 

I make my biscuits according to the White Lily Self Rising flour Recipe.  

2 cups flour

1/4 cup of shortening

3/4 buttermilk or 2/3 cup whole milk

2 TBSP Butter

I also add in garlic powder (1 TBSP) and 1/2-3/4 cup cheese (I used a cheddar and Colby blend)

 

Mix well and then roll out. Use a biscuit cutter. I add garlic to my butter and when I place the biscuits on the baking sheet I butter them with the garlic butter and sprinkle more cheese on top.

 

Bake at 400 till tops are golden!

 

Salad

Spring mix

Broccoli

Carrots

Bacon

Cheese

Almonds ( chopped) 

Ranch dressing

 

I mix up my salad all the time and add different things. This is what this one included because this was all I had.

 

This dinner was simple and so good. It was easy and something that I enjoy eating and it feels like a meal you would get out somewhere. Except 1/4 of the cost!!! Who doesn’t love saving money, but still having an amazing meal. I know I do!

 

Give this recipe a try and enjoy a meal at home. You can make it fancy by doing salmon and he sides or simple doing fish tacos. Just get in the kitchen and have fun.

 

Love and Prayers,

Holly