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I hope everyone survived the heat this past week! Recently I posted a picture on my instagram (lilysway23) of the Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers and got a lot of feedback.

There are a TON of recipes online with all different ways to make it. My Aunt decided to cut the peppers in half instead of stuffing an entire pepper which was good because the weight of the food and quinoa would’ve weighed it down and made it really soggy.

This meal provides good source of protein, iron, calcium, fiber, as well as vitamin A & C.

Ingredients:

Onions

Celery

Garlic

Spinach

Tomatoes

Black beans

Quinoa

Pepper jack cheese

Bell peppers

For cooking instructions check it out! http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipe/quinoa-stuffed-peppers-2/

Vegetarian times has a lot of awesome ideas.

 

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With warmer weather on the way and a high of 84 degrees this week I’ve been inspired to start my summer dishes! My new obsession (besides avocados) is chickpeas. With recent research proving that following a Mediterranean diet is a much healthier way of living I’ve been looking for ways to incorporate it into my meals.

Chickpea salad was an idea that I got from my Aunt. During hot summer days you tend to lose your appetite due to the heat. This is perfect because it’s light, easy to make, and involves no cooking.

According to Nutrition data in one cup of Chickpeas you get 50% of your daily value of dietary fiber and 12g of protein. It keeps you full and its light on your stomach. Chickpeas are low in sodium as well as cholesterol and provide a good source of iron.

What I love about this the most is that you can make it a million different ways. Get creative! Since I have an obsession with avocados I dice them up and place it in the salad along with diced celery, red pepper, red onion, and rosemary. If you’re not a fan of rosemary you could always use Good Season’s salad dressing or just garlic and olive oil.

Ingredients (as shown in my picture)

  • Chickpeas
  • Celery
  • Red onion
  • Red bell pepper
  • Rosemary
  • Lemon juice
  • Garlic

 

More on Mediterranean diets: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/26/health/mediterranean-diet-can-cut-heart-disease-study-finds.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Nutritional Information: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/legumes-and-legume-products/4326/2

Benefits: http://www.canadianliving.com/health/nutrition/3_health_benefits_of_chickpeas.php

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Celery boats!

This is quick, easy, and yummy! Three simple ingredients and you have yourself a hors d’oeuvre or a snack!  I used Harry and David’s pepper and onion relish dip and mixed it with cream cheese. The relish is a little spicy but the cream cheese mellows out the spiciness giving it a sweet taste. The celery creates a crispy water like crunch to top it off. Enjoy!