Stuffed Philly Turkey Peppers

I’m hungry. Very hungry. I just did an Extreme I.I.T (Intense Interval Training) class. Now, I know I should’ve prepped my meals.  But, I didn’t.  So, here I am walking into the kitchen looking for food and all I have are ingredients. Doh!! I hate it when this happens.

This is not a good situation to be in.  The fat girl in me wants to hop in my car and grab some some fast food. My neighbors are McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, and Popeye’s… oh, and just to spite me they put a Krispy Kreme also within walking distance. A Krispy Kreme!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  It’s a conspiracy I tell you, a conspiracy!!!!

*remembers that …nothing1*

WAIT, is the hot light on? hot light Because that melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness is pretty darn close.

But, not close enough. Because the girl who is still sweating from working out, wants to eat healthy… so, I take out some ingredients…

4 Bell Peppers
Ground Turkey
Italian Dressing
Balsamic Dressing
Ground Black Pepper
Onion Powder
Garlic Powder
Cayenne Pepper
Onions and Bell Peppers Mix – Frozen
Mozzarella Cheese

I have no idea how this is going to turn out, but I start fixing dinner.

I guess I’m having Stuffed  Peppers. But, I want this to be quick… so, here’s my “I’m hungry right now” version. If you want to try it too, here’s what to do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Boil a pot of water. (Add a pinch of salt, optional)

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While your water is beginning to boil, wash your green peppers, cut the tops (or, the core like I did) and de-seed them. Try to make sure all the seeds are out. I did this pretty quick, so my peppers look like I just stabbed them and ripped out their hearts. Awwww.

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Place empty peppers in the boiling water. Hopefully your pot will fit them with ease. I struggled.

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But, since I can do all things through Christ, I persisted and the fourth pepper slid on in.

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By slid, I mean forced. lol

Now, boil for 5 minutes or until desired tenderness. Raw peppers tend to make some people gassy and bloated, so take heed or take GasX, your choice.

Place 1 tablespoon (I’m guessing here.. I don’t measure a thing. So if I ever say 1/4 cup of this and 1/8 teaspoon of that, I’m lying… or a change has really come! lol)… wait, where was I? Oh, place what looks like 1 tablespoons of Italian dressing in the pan with 1 pound of ground turkey. Now, a pound I know.

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That looks like more than a tablespoon? Ok. *shrugs* Stay focused.

In a large skillet, saute ground turkey and onion/bell pepper mix… and, add in all spices… three shakes of each is about what I do. I told you, I don’t measure anything. Everything is to taste. 1 dash of balsamic.

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Drain and set aside peppers.

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At this point, my stomach is growling and I’m wondering… do I even want stuffed peppers?  I didn’t think this through. I still have to stuff them and put them in the oven.  Geesh!

*Having a serious Fat Girl moment!* Talks to myself: Ok, we can get through this. We’ll have dinner for tonight and enough peppers for tomorrow. And, it’s ok that we aren’t adding rice and tomatoes. We are losing weight and this will taste like a Philly Turkey and Cheese once I’m done.  Minus the Philly. Oh how I love the Philly. But, they Philly doesn’t love me, so…

*moment over* Let’s continue.

Stuff each pepper with the seasoned turkey mix, and place peppers open side up in a baking dish. Cover and bake for 30 minutes.

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30 minutes? My God, why hast thou forsaken me? LOL

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What to do for 30 minutes:
– Wash the dishes.

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Dang! That only took 3 minutes!

Maybe I should just tell you what NOT to do for the remaining 27:

-Don’t keep looking through the oven window. It won’t speed things up. Trust me, it won’t.

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-Don’t open your fridge looking for a snack to eat in the meantime. Don’t.

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-Don’t open the cabinets either.

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Don’t think about the hot light sign at Krispy Kreme.

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You’ve got this. Do some squats, go call a friend to say hello, or go write in your journal.
You do have a journal don’t you? If not, take this time to make a note to yourself to go buy one. You should be keeping track of your journey. It helps to stay on track by doing so. We’ll talk more about that another time.

Or, if you’re like me… you’ll go write a blog post…like this one! lol

Once 30 minutes are up, do a dance. A little shimmy will do because it’s time to eat!

Unless of course, you want to add some mozzarella cheese to the top. Of course you do! Just a little bit. We deserve the Philly!!! Melt and wallah!

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Feel free to make adjustments to your taste. You really can’t mess stuffed peppers up. They taste even better the next day, so these are really great as a meal prep idea. Let me know if you try it or if you have your own healthy stuffed pepper recipe, please share it with me!

Cauliflower Pizza

Ok. So, I’ve been wanting to make a Cauliflower Pizza forever. But, the button that turned on my oven was broken and I’m not a “turn on the oven with pliers” kind of girl. Or, is it a wrench? *shrugs* Ok, so not the point. lol.  Anyhoo, I purchased a new stove so it was definitely time to finally try out the Cauliflower Pizza recipe that was floating around Facebook. Only problem was, I could no longer find the recipe. Womp, womp… Google to the rescue!!

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(It was pliers! Thanks Google!!) pliersLOL… Ok enough lollygagging.

I came across lots of recipes, but since I only had FROZEN cauliflower, I used the one found here.

Only thing is… IT WAS HORRIBLE!!!! So, here’s my recipe:

1 bag frozen Cauliflower (steamed)
1 Egg
Pizza Seasoning (or, Basil and Oregano)
Garlic powder
Onion Powder
Pepperoni (or any other pizza toppings of your choosing.  You should probably use veggies. We are trying to lose weight, after all right? *stares at you*)
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Pizza Sauce (I recommend making your own or finding a low/zero calorie one.  I didn’t – don’t judge me!)

When they tell you to get all the moisture out of the cauliflower, DO IT!!! Do not skip this IMPORTANT step. I thought I’d gotten most of the water out, but I WAS WRONG!  That cauliflower needs to be bone dry!!  Bone dry, I tell you.

So, how in the world do you dry out cooked, frozen cauliflower? Well, I threw them in the oven and “roasted” them. In hindsight, I probably should’ve added some spices or pizza seasoning here so the flavor could really bake in there. I suggest you do that.

After the moisture was removed, I then put the cauliflower in the food processor.

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Added the egg, little mozzarella cheese and spices.

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Then, flattened out the mixture on the bottom of glass cookware that was sprayed with Olive Oil Cooking Spray.

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Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until lightly brown. The more it’s cooked, the better it will stay together and end up like a real pizza crust.

Some recipes tell you to cook it on both sides, but I don’t have the “flip over cauliflower” skill. I learned that when trying this the first time. Epic fail!  So, just make sure you press it flat.  I would say about a 1/4″ to 1/2″ before cooking.

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Once it’s done, add a little sauce and your toppings. Bake until cheese is melted.

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Now, I love pizza. See:
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We’re in love. Don’t hate. 😉

If you love pizza like I do, you’ll be mad at first when you taste this. You’ll feel duped, hoodwinked, and bamboozled all at the same time. But, you have goals. So you’ll take another bite and you’ll think to yourself, “This isn’t so bad.”  The more you chew, the more you’ll begin to like it. That is, unless you tried to just eat the crust.  Then, you’re going back to Hatesville. lol I’m serious.  Every bite should have a bit of sauce or topping on it. Ok, I tried to warn you.

If you try it, let me know how it turns out!  Later.

Crazy.

I kind of, sorta feel like a hypocrite.

In my last post, I shared with you 10 things you need to let go of and I’m still holding on to about 5 of them. If you didn’t read the article, click here.

Like most of us, I spend a lot of time talking to myself without opening my mouth. Ok, sometimes the words come out of my mouth too. More often than I’d like to admit, thank you very much. If someone put a hidden camera in my house, they’d most likely think I was bat crazy. Maybe I am. *shrugs* But, I think we each have a little crazy in us and I believe that’s what keeps the world so interesting.

My crazy makes me laugh, cry, and eat. I feed it until it quiets down. It’s like my brain growls, instead of my stomach. But, the growling is the negative self-talk, caused by the fear of actually being successful… actually winning… what then?

Sigh. *puts on my big girl panties* Who am I kidding? I just pulled them up. 😉

But today, I’m going to take my own advice. I’m. Letting. Go. I will not give into fear. I will forgive myself. I will not beat myself up for past mistakes. I will let go of expectations. I will correct my thoughts. I’m really on this journey WITH you…

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I am going to succeed because I am CRAZY enough to think I can.

WE are going to succeed. So, tap into your crazy… This is a daily journey, for life. Every single day, we must wake up anew and decide to do the right things that will not only make us better, but the world around us. Hmph, and you thought this blog was only about weight loss. 🙂

10 Things You Need to LET GO to Lose Weight

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You probably read the title and immediately thought I was going to talk about sugar, processed foods, bad carbohydrates, etc. Naaaaaaa, we’ve got more important things to talk about!!!

What’s more important than talking about food on a weight loss blog, you ask?  Well, you’re about to find out!

Before we begin talking about what we put in our mouths, we must first deal with what’s going on inside our heads!!

Here are 10 things I believe you need to let go of in order to drop those unwanted pounds:

1. Blaming yourself. Let go of the guilt, but take full responsibility for your actions. You are not alone. Over 2/3 of the population is overweight, so don’t beat yourself up. Others are struggling too. Let go of the blame game NOW. Feeling miserable never helps anything.

2. Negative Self-Talk. Stop complaining. Of all the people you talk to in a day, you talk to yourself the most. And, guess what?  You’re listening. Watch your words and watch your thoughts. Positive words begat positive actions.

3. Unsupportive People.  I call unsupportive people dead weight. Let go of all dead weight and find others that will be happy to encourage and motivate you.  Look for support groups in your local area or online. There are tons of free weight loss groups on Facebook. Just search until you find one you’re comfortable sharing in. The friends you make on your weight loss journey will be priceless to you. You’ll laugh, cry, and celebrate your victories together. You’ll forget all about that dead weight.

4. Dwelling on Past Mistakes.  You can’t start the next chapter if you keep re-reading the last one. Don’t stay stuck. Forgive yourself and turn the page.

5. Stressing About the Future.  Focus on today. The here and now. Today is all that matters. Tomorrow will take care of itself. I promise.

6. The Need to Please Others.  I know its hard, but its time to take your eyes off of others and take a good, long look at yourself. It’s time to do more of what makes you happy. You are doing this for yourself, nobody else.

7. How You Think Things Should Go. Letting go of expectations is crucial to your success with weight loss. If you have a lot of weight to lose, your body is going to go through some changes. You are going to experience some things you never figured into the weight loss equation. Be prepared, this journey is full of surprises. Get ready to learn things about yourself you never knew.

8. Quick Fixes.  There are a lot of fads, trends, and miracles potions out there. This causes yo-yo dieting, which is very bad for your health. Stick to the tried and true, calories in versus calories out. Include supplementation daily for optimal health.

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9. Anger.  Forgive yourself and everyone around you. Unforgiveness is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. Whatever they did, forgive them and move on. Not for them, FOR YOU!

10. Fear. It’s not uncommon, especially for those who have been obese since childhood, to have a fear of losing weight. I know this sounds crazy, but a lot of people loathe their bodies, but because this is all they know, they are scared of what will happen “if.”  They’ve blamed the weight for so long, what if it wasn’t really the weight holding them back all this time?  But, remember #5.  Don’t stress about the future.  Didn’t I promise? Let go of any fears you may have. Its not real.It’s imagined.

These are the 10 things I believe we should let go of in order to live a better, healthier, stress-free life… which, in turn, will help us shed unwanted pounds. Cheers to letting go!!

Do you agree with these 10 things?  Would you add anything else to this list?

Taking the first step.

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This is it, ey?  My first blog post. Oh, the pressure! This is about as scary as giving a speech on stage in front of hundreds of people. Can I picture you naked? *waits for answer* Nevermind. I’m being silly, and plus, you probably already are AND the probability of you also reading this while sitting on the toilet is like 70% or something. I read that somewhere. I think. Anyhoo… I’m not going to be scared. I’m going to share my weight loss journey with you like I’m talking to a new friend.  Because after all, if we aren’t friends already, we’re about to be. I’m just that likeable. Go ahead, smile… I am. 😉

Feel free to comment, ask questions, or whatever else people do on blogs. I’m not that familiar with them. So, forgive me now for any faux paux’s. I certainly haven’t attended the Blogging School of Etiquette, if there is such a thing. Truth be told, if there were, I wouldn’t have attended anyway. lol So, here we are.. can you tell I ramble sometimes? *looks at you* Seriously, I’m looking at you and don’t look like that. This is going to be fun, for both of us. I think. I hope. Dear God, what have I gotten myself into?

*inhale, exhale*

Just like this post is for me and starting any lifestyle change, the first step is the hardest. Someone once said, you don’t have to see the whole staircase in order to take the first step. I truly believe that. Thank you in advance for taking a step with me… and, for those of you who thought I really could see you… -_-