Sunday, February 23, 2014

Stuffed Pepper Soup

I was looking for a new recipe to try.  The weather is going to chilly again this week so I pulled out another soup recipe.  I found this one in the Diabetic Living best of recipes. Both my parents are diabetic and it runs in both families too.

1 pound 95% lean ground beef
1 c. chopped onion (1 large)
1 1/2 c. chopped red, orange, and or green sweet peppers
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups 50% less sodium beef broth
2 c. water
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained 
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
3/4 c. uncooked instant brown rice
1/2 c. finely shredded Colby and Monterery Jack cheese

In a large skillet cook beef, onion, sweet peppers, and garlic over medium heat until meat is browned and vegetables are tender, using a wooden spoon to break up meat as it cooks.  Drain the fat.
In a 4 to 5 quart slow cooker combine beef-vegetable mixture, broth, the water, tomatoes, black pepper, chili powder, and smoked paprika.
Cover and cook on low heat setting 8 to 10 hours on high heat setting 4 to 5 hours.  If using low heat setting, turn to high heat setting.  Stir in the rice.  Cover and cook about 30 minutes more or until heated through.  Sprinkle individual servings with cheese.

The soup turned out good  It could use a little more spice.  I found a lazy way again, that shouldn't be a shock to anyone, a couple weeks ago when Kroger had their frozen vegetables on special for $1 I picked up a bag of the three pepper and onion blend.  

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Stay within the lines

When I got into work this morning we had an email from our fun days committee asking if anyone wanted to color some Valentine's.  One of the radio stations in Memphis has set up links to coloring pages and places to drop off Valentine's for the kids at St. Jude.  If you are more artsy than me you could make your own but I am taking advantage of the color pages.  So after class tonight I spent some time coloring a few sheets.  

Who doesn't love some conversation hearts.

Or a neon bouquet of roses.

We don't have to turn them in until Tuesday so I will work on a few more over the weekend.  

Monday, February 3, 2014

Chicken and Grits

I was looking for something new to cook for dinner last night.  I couldn't find anything that sounded appealing to me in any of my cookbooks.  A co-worker had started talking about a fish and grits recipe a friend of hers makes and the idea popped into my head.  Last year I finally got to eat at Memphis Street Cafe and had their Blackened Chicken and Grits and that sounded like a wonderful idea.  But when I went to make to get the blackening seasoning from the cabinet  I saw my can of Tony's and that sounded better.  I used the grits recipe from Southern Living that goes with their Grilled Peppers and Sausage with Cheese Grits recipe for the grits.

I toasted a piece of Chipotle Cheddar bread from one of the local bakeries to go along with it.  I didn't use the Parmesan cheese called for from the recipe and instead used the white Velveeta with jalapenos in it.  And for good measure through in some diced jalapeno.

This hit the spot tonight.  And I have enough leftover grits to use towards breakfast for dinner one night this week.  

Sunday, February 2, 2014

February Goals

This year didn't get off to a great start.  I got a nasty sinus infection the first week of January.   So I spent that week at least achieving the goal of doing something for myself.  I slept a lot and started a new cross stitch project.  I am not counting the fact I couldn't workout for a week against me, which means I hit my goals and earned a reward.  I decided that I would by the latest book in the Stephanie Plum series.  How has everyone else done with their goals so far?

February Goals

**  3 cardio workouts a week.

**  2 strength workouts a week.

** Complete the Fab Ab February challenge.

**  One thing for myself a week.

I have been trying to decide all weekend what my reward will be for hitting my goals.  I can't decide between a new ITunes gift card or a new pair of earrings.