Stuffed Bell Peppers & Zucchini : {Low Carb}

IMG_2133This is our go-to healthy meal in the Johnston house…stuffed bell peppers.  The great thing is you can change up the filling to whatever you want.  On Pinterest I have seen stuffed peppers with rice but I don’t like rice so I just stuff them with veggies or beans..plus that is healthier.  When whipping these up I saw that I had extra zucchini so I stuffed some of those too and they were so good as well and more filling!

We also love SUPER spicy food so we use 2 packs of taco seasoning and jalapeños when making these!

Simple Directions:

Cut in half, clean out seeds, stuff with whatever you like, back uncovered for 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees.  That’s it!  Have fun making your own stuffed peppers (or zucchini)!  *Tip: Orange bell peppers are the best to stuff because they are the sweetest.  The green are bitter and I find the skin of the red peels off sometimes when cooking.

IMG_2138 IMG_2139 IMG_2140 IMG_2147IMG_2152 IMG_2151 IMG_2154IMG_2158I had this much extra of turkey, beans, and corn that I combined it to save for soft tacos later.
IMG_2159IMG_2163IMG_2168We love to serve it on shredded lettuce with sour cream and salsa.  When my husband doesn’t want it “Low Carb” he chops it all up and stuffs flour tortillas to make soft tacos out of it all.  It’s all easy and delish!

Ta-Ta Weekend…Hello Week.

Weekend Wrap-Up:

I am a planner and a maximizer when it comes to getting things done (99% of the time). This trait can be a blessing and a curse. I often tell myself (or my husband does), to slow down and relax. Well going into this weekend I had an idea of what I wanted to happen and what I needed to get done….and none of those involved relaxing. But some unexpected things happened that threw me off my plan and forced me to slow down, and I am so grateful they did!

I met up with my dad, who recently returned from Mexico, for lunch this weekend and he ended up bringing my tía. Well lunch turned into being with my family the whole afternoon at my tía’s house; chatting, picking habenero chiles from her garden, cooking beans, and eating piles of fruit, homemade tostadas, ceviche, beans and salsa….you know how Mexican’s do. So I threw my “plan” out the window and enjoyed myself fully! Plus I picked up some Mexican cooking tips from my tía and can’t wait to put them into use! I already started by making myself some beans for the week. I hate to admit that I have been using canned beans for years (sorry mom). But it’s because beans have always been my cooking kryptonite! It’s a shame too because they have been one of my favorite foods since I was young. When I was a kid for dinner I would often just soak my corn tortillas in the salty bean broth and just suck the juice and the soggy tortilla…..not much has changed haha. Anyway, it’s experiences like this that I will remember when I am old. In the long run it won’t matter that I didn’t maximize every second to get all my chores and errands done….so thanks Dad!

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He also brought my daughter and I matching traditional peasant blouses and bricks of tamarindo! (For those of you who don’t know what that is, it is a tarty sweet fruit that is used for candies…who knows what I am going to do with bricks of it haha!)

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Besides spending time with the hispanic side of my family this weekend, the baby and I also went to the beach, and welcomed home the hubs from his long week at camp! Check out the highlight reel of photos below. Hope you all had a good weekend and are excited about the upcoming week!

This Week:

Looking forward to {In The Blog}: Today the blog has a new look and I am excited for everyone to see it…be sure to click the new lemon icons to follow me on Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest as well as the Follow My Blog button. There will be a few recipes featured this week and I will also be writing about sacrifice and serving those you love…be sure to check it out!

Looking forward to {In My Life}: Experimenting with some of my tía’s recipes, figuring out what to do with all my tamarindo candy, and settling back in to the “Normal” routine now that all my husband’s summer travels are done.

Some highlights of the weekend below! Manhattan Beach Pier (LOVE), Donuts, the hubs preaching to a packed youth room, and seeing my loves reunited.

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