stuffed pepper recipe

Yesterday I made stuffed peppers preparing for the fact that I might have to eat soupy foods after getting a tooth pulled! I also needed an excuse to not watch football, because after 5 hours all of their tight pants look the same!



(I couldn’t get a good shot of my peppers because everyone already dug in before I had time to get my camera. I guess that’s a compliment.. right?)

To make about 10-13 Stuffed Green Bell Peppers I use the following ingredients to make the stuffing mixture:

  • 3 lbs. browned chopped meat (beef or turkey)
  • 3 cans tomato paste
  • 2 packages onion soup mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups rice (white or brown, you can’t taste the difference. Measurement is prior to cooking rice)
  • 3 heaping spoonfuls of margarine
  • About a 1/4 cup ketchup

1. Cut off the tops of all green peppers, remove all seeds.

2. Cook rice and brown meat prior to stuffing peppers. Fill each pepper with above mixture.

3. Put peppers in large pot and cover with Campbell’s tomato soup. (Note: Some prefer to use spaghetti sauce, and that is fine too! This recipe is based on a family secret, don’t tell anyone!!)

4. Simmer on low for about 2 hours or until pepper is soft and can be broken with a spoon.

5. Enjoy!

Note: These peppers are great to freeze for future cold winter nights!

ribollita recipe

Now that it’s getting chillier I need to try THIS recipe!! Everything prepared on the Barn Warming episode of the Barefoot Contessa looked completely amazing, and is making my mouth water even thinking about it!


the easiest healthy dinner ever

Last night I made dinner in 10 minutes, and it could be one of my new favorite healthy meals. Actually, it’s one of my new favorite meals altogether and it only had 3 ingredients!


What you’ll need:

  • About 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 26 oz. Roasted Garlic Marinara sauce (I used Trader Joe’s and was really pleased with the flavors. All the ingredients are natural so I didn’t feel too guilty!)
  • 13.25 oz. can Mushroom stems and pieces

Brown the ground turkey, add mushrooms and marinara sauce and simmer for few minutes to cook in flavor. Serve over whole wheat pasta and enjoy!

p.s. the picture does not do this meal justice. it tastes a lot better than this photo looks!

scrabble birthday cake

Check out the birthday cake I made for Ryan’s mom! I’m not much of a baker, so I used everyday household baking items to create a delicious colorful treat for a scrabble lover!

DIY Scrabble birthday cake

I used basic out of the box chocolate cake mix with vanilla icing (everyone’s favorite) and covered the top of the cake with upside down ABC Cookie Squares. They were the perfect size for scrabble size letter pieces, and great because you can replace them if you misspell anything by accident! How many cakes have you seen saying ‘happy birtday!”?!

DIY Scrabble birthday cake

I mixed icing with food coloring to create the colors of the boards bonus points tiles. (Please excuse my Ikea kiddie plate!)

DIY Scrabble birthday cake

The final product!

easy healthy recipe – spanish rice

Last night I made Ryan’s favorite dinner, and lucky for me it is probably the easiest thing to make out of my collection of recipes. We call this dish ‘spanish rice’ but there really isn’t anything spanish about it, other than it having onions and peppers. It’s perfect for when you don’t really feel like cooking after work, or when you are craving those one pot homey meals.


What you’ll need (about 6 servings):

  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 green bell peppers, chopped
  • 2 small cans of tomato paste
  • 1 can of whole tomatoes
  • About 2 pounds chopped meat (either beef, or turkey for those trying to eat healthier)
  • About 4 cups uncooked rice (either white or brown)

How to:

(Total time including prep about 20-25 minutes)

1. Cook rice and set aside.

2. Cook veggies and meat together in frying pan. Once meat is cooked thoroughly, strain grease.

3. Mix meat, veggies, tomato paste with rice. Crush whole tomatoes by hand into the rice mixture and stir. Add some salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!

all frenchy and toasty. yum!

I did it! I finally perfected my french toast batter, and devoured every last bite of my delicious weekend brunch!


For 9 slices of french toast: (I had other people over, I didn’t eat all 9!!)

  • 6 large eggs
  • Splash of milk (maybe 3 tablespoons)
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Teaspoon of cinnamon
  • Tablespoon of sugar (yum!)
  • Pinch of salt
  • About a quarter cup flour to add some body to the batter. I use Wondra flour.
  • Capfull/teaspoon of vanilla

Mix all ingredients and dip (not soak) bread in batter. Fry in butter/veggie oil until lightly browned on both sides. Enjoy!