Wednesday, July 25, 2012


I don't post a lot about food, but since I'm not back to working out post-mono, I guess food is all I've got.

I've been making some super delicious meals. Lately my go-to has been stuffed peppers and I've been experimenting with a variety of fillings.

Meet my spicy chicken sausage stuffed peppers!
Before baking

After baking with some mexican shredded cheese on top
If you want a recipe, it will be difficult because not much of a recipe person, but I can give you the guidelines, it was so so so simple.

-2 green bell peppers cut the long-way in half
-A package of pre-cooked spicy jalapeno chicken sausage (here's what I used)
-A can of diced tomatoes (I used fire roasted with garlic)
-Any kind of shredded cheese you fancy

In a small saucepan, I used a touch of EVOO and chopped my pre-cooked sausage up into small pieces and tossed it in. Cooked it until it was heated through and then added in the diced tomatoes. Meanwhile, I preheated the over to 350F and prepared my peppers and put them in the dish. Once my delicious filling came to a boil, I filled each pepper half with the mixture (I used a slotted spoon to reduce the liquid in each pepper). I then dumped the remaining filling and liquid into the pan. I don't always time thing when I cook, I like my peppers a certain way so I'd rather just test them out. These went for probably about 30 minutes, and when I was happy with how soft they were I took them out, sprinkled on the cheese, and threw back in for about 5 minutes.

My favorite thing about stuffed peppers is that I think they re-heat really well the next day (even in the microwave), so they're a perfect leftover to bring into work* for lunch, and very filling!!!

*If I was actually going somewhere. I'm currently working from home. I had a meeting with my in-country manager today (he handles my HR paperwork and stuff) and I mentioned to him that I was working from home while I recovered from mono (which my functional manager already knows), he was pretty freaked out told me he didn't think I should be working at all, kept saying that he wants me well and would rather I not push my recovery. I think I finally managed to convince him it was ok, there isn't too much arguing with "look, I sleep in until 9am, roll downstairs, log online, work all day, log off, move to the couch. Repeat." He wasn't too convinced at first, but I promised him I'd stop and take naps during the day if it go to be too much and he was finally agreeable. One things for sure - he definitely doesn't want me going into the office for a few weeks until I've had more recovery time.

For those that are trying to find better ways to get more protein, let's talk protein shakes. Since I've watching my carb intake I consulted one of my dear friends who swears by her low carb lifestyle and asked what her go-to breakfast was. Protein shake. I'm more of a scrambled eggs kinda girl, but I figured it wouldn't hurt to start testing the waters to that when I start working out and lifting weights again I've got a protein shake to back it up.

And honestly... maybe I'm crazy but I think it tastes like a chocolate milkshake. A delicious chocolate milkshake. It's quite possible that I am crazy and that in my carb deprived state I think it tastes amazing, but I will not question it.

-1 scoop Gold Standard Double Rich Chocolate Whey protein (120 calories, 1g fat, 3g net carbs, 1 sugar)
-8 ounces Silk PureAlmond unsweetened vanilla almond milk (30 calories, 2.5g fat, 0 net carbs, 0 sugar)

Delicious chocolatey shake = 150 calories, 3.5g fat, 3g net carbs, 1g sugar


  1. Those peppers look amazing! Try adding a frozen banana to your milkshake. It's so good! Or add some peanut butter. YUM!

  2. How much protein in the protein shake?

  3. You know I am always starving after arriving back at the condo after a LHR -> BOS obviously when I arrive home on Thursday the 8th at approx 4pm you will have one of these shakes ready for me. THANKSSSSS.

  4. Those peppers look delicious!

  5. I totally agree about the protein shake tasting like chocolate milk. I use Gold Standard too! That is the best kind. Everything else I've tasted has been nasty compared to it. I just use 2% milk and a scoop of Gold Standard double rich chocolate. Yummy!

  6. I really like how those peppers look! It's funny, because I absolutely hate hot/cooked peppers, but I really like the smell and how they look. Weird huh :D

  7. I started adding Jillian Michaels vanilla whey protein powder to my morning smoothies. it's very good! Also use it after I lift. Nom nom nom.

  8. I'm making these tomorrow. I can't wait! I can actually taste it now (actually I can taste a carrot I just ate but that's not the point).