Turkey and Bean Stuffed Pepper Soup


Anyone who knows me well, knows that I like to eat beans almost every day. Beans are not only fiber and protein rich, but also can be added to many dishes.  Turkey and Bean Stuffed Pepper soup is an easy dish to make on a lazy Sunday.  This soup will last a few days with or without sharing!

Turkey and Bean Stuffed Pepper Soup
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 7
  • Serving size: 1 bowl
  • Calories: 426
  • Fat: 7.7g
  • Saturated fat: 4.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 44.3
  • Sugar: 5.7g
  • Sodium: 39.4%
  • Fiber: 15.4g
Recipe type: Entree
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  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped,
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ⅓ pound 99% lean ground turkey
  • 40 oz water
  • 5 tsp Better than Bouillon Reduced sodium
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1-14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4 oz brown rice
  • 7oz part skim shredded mozzarella
  • 8 cups cooked reduced sodium black or red kidney beans( about 4 cans)
  1. Heat oil in pot at medium heat. Add 1st four ingredients above after the oil.
  2. Heat for 8 minutes
  3. Cook brown rice separately.
  4. Add 2nd four ingredients. Boil at medium heat. Lower heat to simmer (low-medium heat). Cook for 20 minutes. Better than Bouillon and water can be substituted for using chicken stock. It is a much more economical option.
  5. Add rice and 8 cups beans, and cook 10 minutes
  6. Sprinkle 1oz shredded mozzarella on each soup for serving. Shredded cheddar can also be used.


Lowfat Banana Flax Muffins


Lowfat Banana Flax Muffins
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 12
  • Serving size: 1 muffin
  • Calories: 133.5
  • Fat: 3.4g
  • Saturated fat: .6g
  • Carbohydrates: 22.8g
  • Sugar: 11.9g
  • Fiber: 3
  • Protein: 3.86g
  • Cholesterol: 10.33%
Recipe type: Breakfast
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  • ⅔ cup, 2 tsp unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup 1TB AP flour
  • ½ cup 1TB flax meal
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 bananas, ripe, mashed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. First blend the applesauce and sugar.
  3. Add bananas and vanilla extract
  4. Put all the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
  5. Add dry ingredients at once and mix on low speed until combined.
  6. Mix on medium speed for 10 seconds
  7. Use an ice cream scoop to scoop 12 muffins
  8. Bake for 10-15 minutes and turn around
  9. Bake another 10 minutes or until toothpick comes out mostly clean.( A tiny crumb is ok)


Adventures in Asheville, Sacramento, and San Francisco!

One month or so of traveling and visiting different areas was definitely fun!  I will take you through a few of the breweries, wineries, stores, and the food I tried!  I started out the trip in the beginning of July in Asheville, NC.  I did not take as many photos as I wished I had.  The highlights of the trip included: Crazy selection of beers at Wicked Weed Brewing.  This is an awesome brewery and restaurant.  The upper floor has a restaurant with a beautiful patio.  I started with the Cucumber beer, and ordered the fried chicken with kimchi and miso mayo sandwich. CAM01086 and my friend and tour guide, James had a watermelon limited edition beer.  The downstairs area had a patio seating area where you could see the behind the scenes brewery area and a beautiful brick exterior with string lights.  Oh, I love string lights! CAM01088

CAM01089 The next day, I visited a tiny home built mostly from salvaged materials by a lovely couple.  They were such gracious welcoming hosts.  I have to say that Asheville’s reputation of being the friendliest city is true!  It was about 50 minutes drive north of Asheville.  They told me about the building process and the low costs of living in a tiny home. I would love to do this one day.  The home was built overlooking a stream.  It was a beautiful view.  That day, I went to have the salad bar, and I was in the mood for a donut from Ingles.  Ingles is the nicest mainstream grocery store after Whole Foods.  The donut was definitely worth the calories!  I would say the cream-filled chocolate frosted donut was an 8 on a scale of 1 to 10. CAM01091 That night I went contra dancing monday night at The Grey Eagle.  It was very fun.  I did swing dancing in college so I thought this might be similar.  A good lively diverse crowd showed up.  The beginner’s lesson was at 7:30pm.  The cost to get into the lesson/dance was $7.    Everyone was very friendly, and I had a great time.  There was an emcee directing the dancers on what moves to do next.  I caught on pretty fast for a beginner, but I definitely felt myself getting dizzy from so much spinning after a few dances.  I definitely want to check out contra dancing in other cities now.   The 2nd leg of the trip was in Sacramento and San Francisco, California.  Highlights include flowers at Costco.  Two dozen roses for $16.99 and beautiful bouquets for                                                   CAM01096CAM01095

$14.99.  This would definitely be a cost saver for budget weddings.  The other awesome store I visited was World Market.  somehow I have never been to this place!  I guess it is beause where I lived in the past did not have any World Markets nearby.  It is a cook and food-lover’s dream.  It has international foods from all over the world, a large selection of international candies and gourmet chocolates.  This would also be an awesome location to get gifts for people.  I enjoy making gift baskets for people.  Do you??  Other highlights include the huge selection of crazy flavored sodas.  This is also an idea of mine to have at a simple wedding or backyard party. CAM01099 On one of my road trips to San Francisco, I stopped by a food truck event run by Off The Grid.  I tried a chicken burrito from a Filipino food truck called Senor Sisig.  It was so delicious and filling!  I would give it a 10.  I ate it at 11:45am, and I was definitely not hungry again until about 6 at night.  The only thing I would improve for this food truck venue is to add a public restroom for the convenience of customers. CAM01097 This past Saturday, my friends and I went to some wineries in Apple Hill, Eldorado County.  This area has numerous wineries, farms, and festivals celebrating fruits, wines, and other sweets!.  They also have many opportunities to pick your own fruits during certain months and pick your own pumpkins off the vine in October.  It is such a chill atmosphere, and we could bring my friend’s German Shepherd, Gracie along into some of the wineries.  The first stop was Madrona winery with the adorable black winery cat.  I loved all their wines.  If I lived closer, I definitely would have bought a few bottles for myself or as gifts. CAM01120 CAM01122 The 2nd stop was Boa Vista Orchards, and I bought unsweetened Apple Pumpkin Butter.  It is delicious.  The next day, I had I topped a piece of toast with cream cheese and some apple pumpkin butter. CAM01123 The 3rd stop was Boeger Winery.  It had a gorgeous view of the vineyards on the drive in.  It had a beautiful interior tasting room.  They also had fine quality wines.  They had a little food and cheese selection on the side and a small book/gift store with a diverse selection. The 4th winery was Lava Cap Winery.  It was a beautiful setting with tables and string lights outside.  We decided to buy a bottle with some smoked salmon and cheese.  Wine and cheese.  You can’t go wrong! CAM01126CAM01125 Today I went to a food truck event run by SactoMoFo.  I had a toasted turkey dill sandwich from On A Roll Food truck.  The turkey amount and sandwich size was generous.  They let you create your own sandwich for $8.  You can choose the custom fillings/toppings.  I would give it a 7 because I think the bread quality could be improved.  It would greatly improve the sandwich. CAM01154 CAM01155   Hope you enjoyed my city and food reviews.  Have you been to any of these places???  Until next time…Have a great weekend!

Mushroom Cauliflower Crust Pizza

When I first came across the inspiration for this recipe, from FitSugar, I thought : ” Interesting, Cauliflower crust on a pizza?”  Well, in the effort to make one of my favorite foods, PIZZA, more healthy, I thought I would give it a go.


Mushroom Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Mushroom Cauliflower Crust Pizza
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 6 slices
  • Serving size: 1
  • Calories: 112
  • Fat: 5.5
  • Carbohydrates: 5.6
  • Sugar: 1.76
  • Fiber: 1.5
  • Protein: 10.2
Recipe type: Entree
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  • Cauliflower Crust:
  • 1 small cauliflower, cut into florets
  • ⅛ cup parmesan
  • ½ tsp oregano, dried
  • ½ tsp basil, dried
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • For Topping:
  • 5 tablespoons Store-bought pizza sauce
  • ½ cup part skim mozzarella
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • garlic salt (optional)
  1. For the Crust: start by putting pizza stone in preheated oven to 450 degrees F
  2. Put cauliflower florets in food processor and pulse until resembles coarse meal
  3. Put in microwave and cook 4 minutes
  4. Let cool for a few minutes. Careful! It will be VERY hot.
  5. Put the processed cauliflower into a dish towel. Squeeze out as much water as possible.
  6. Add cheeses, herbs, salt, and egg.
  7. Put "dough" in between 2 pieces of parchment paper that are throughly grease with coconut oil or coconut oil spray.
  8. Roll into circle with rolling pin to about ⅛ inch thickness.
  9. Transfer to pizza stone by removing top sheet of parchment paper and flipping quickly onto hot pizza stone. Then remove 2nd piece of parchment paper.
  10. Bake 8-10 minutes in oven.
  11. Take out crust. Top with pizza sauce and sprinkle with mozzarella and a little garlic salt.
  12. Bake 5 more minutes. Cut with pizza cutter into 6 slices. Lift off pizza stone with flat spatula so the slices don't break. This serves about 2 people.



Creamy Chocolate Beet Smoothie


Creamy Chocolate Beet Smoothie
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 1.5
  • Serving size: 1
  • Calories: 117
  • Fat: 2.23
  • Saturated fat: 1.8
  • Carbohydrates: 25.5
  • Sugar: 14
  • Fiber: 5.2
  • Protein: 2.33
Recipe type: Smoothie
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  • 1 medium banana, frozen
  • 1 tsp Truvia
  • 1 beet cooked, sliced OR ⅓ canned beets
  • ½ cup coconut milk, unsweetened,
  • 1 TB Cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
  • 3-4 ice cubes
  1. Put all the ingredients in Vita-Mix or blender
  2. Process until smooth
  3. You will know it is smooth when the middle looks like a smooth tornado.