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Cute Little Quinoa-Stuffed, Fiesta-Inspired Bell Pepper for One (Tequila Optional)

A Cute Little Quinoa-Stuffed & Fiesta-Inspired Bell Pepper for One !! Hiiiiii Guys!

So, I’m super pumped about sharing this recipe with y’all because I’ve been wanting to try it five-ever. Look how cuuute it is! ALSO, its healthy and easy, so I think y’all will love it as much as I do.

Besides it’s pod-like cuteness, one thing I really love about my recipe adaption  ( original recipe for 6 servings by Damn Delicious… ya know, if you’re cool & actually have friends ) is the fact that it is for One! So, if you’re kinda a loser / single / loner sometimes ( like me ), I got ya covered. Or, if you simply wanna make yourself a little lunch / dinner with minimal clean up, I got ya too.

One Pepper is about 350 Cals & contains about 13 g’s of Protein.

A Cute Little Quinoa-Stuffed & Fiesta-Inspired Bell Pepper for One !! Before I spill the secrets on this recipe, I want to share some Quinoa Benefits ( found on Mind. Body. Green. )

Quinoa is relatively simple to make, super healthy ( obviously, its a superfood ), & can last you awhile in the fridge ( << always a plus for me ). I love foods that I can whip up big portions of, store in the fridge, & use throughout the week. Quinoa’s versatility lends itself well to a TON of different recipes.

A Cute Little Quinoa-Stuffed & Fiesta-Inspired Bell Pepper for One + 7 Major Benefits of Quinoa *Sidenote: I discovered the health / weight-loss benefits of Magnesium via The Skinny Confidential’s ( aka: my blogger muse / crush ) post here. A must-read.*

Alright, so, I’ll stop rambling and get down to business.

Here’s what you’ll need for my recipe adaption for one:

  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/4 cup corn kernels
  • 1/4 cup black beans, drained & rinsed
  • A couple little baby tomatoes, chopped into fourths
  • About a tablespoon of diced onion
  • About a tablespoon of diced jalapeño ( remove seeds, duh )
  • Tablespoon of shredded cheddar cheese ( or more, if ya want )
  • Tablespoon of fresh, chopped cilantro
  • Dash of Lime Juice
  • Dash of Cumin
  • Dash of Garlic Powder
  • Dash of Chili Powder
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 Bell Pepper ( whatever color you like best ) hollowed out & little top cut off to make a lid

Quinoa-Stuffed Bell Pepper :: Some of the Ingredients  Instructions:

» Preheat oven to 350° & line a small baking dish with parchment paper.

» In a small bowl, combine the Quinoa, Corn, Black Beans, Tomatoes, Onion, Jalapeño, Cheese, Cilantro, Lime Juice, Cumin, Garlic & Chile Powder, salt & pepper, and mix all together.

» Spoon the filling into the Bell Pepper cavity ( it should be heaping and falling over the sides) & place your little lid on top.

» Place the pepper in / on baking dish cavity side up and put your little lonely pepper in the oven ( I’ll admit: it looks sad in there all alone ) to bake for 30 minutes or until the filling is baked through & pepper is tender.

» Have a little fiesta for one & serve immediately ( Tequila optional, though encouraged ) !!

Also optional :: Add This Homemade Salsa to make your fiesta a little more lively.

A Cute Little Quinoa-Stuffed & Fiesta-Inspired Bell Pepper for One !! I mean, seriously, how cute n’ fun is this little pep? Obviously you can adapt this recipe to be for multiple people. Just use those super important math skills that you learned in 2nd grade & double or triple ( or whatever ) the recipe to fit your needs.

A Cute Little Quinoa-Stuffed & Fiesta-Inspired Bell Pepper for One !! I absolutely love this flavor combo ( kinda chipotle-esque ), so you’ll probably be seeing it a lot on ROAWO ( found here already !! ). This produce-based recipe is filled with the vitamins & minerals ( and protein! ) that your body needs without the meat or gluten, so it is vegetarian- & gluten-friendly as well.

Remember to use organic produce & grains for the best & healthiest lunch ( or dinner )!

K, bye.

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PS: Some amazing interviews to come to ROAWO soooo soon, so stay tuned to meet some realllll inspiring girls! 

 



Venice Beach, CA: Part II

I’m continuing to relish in the greatness that is Venice.

If you missed Part I of my Venice Trip: Check it out here!

On our second day here, we ate at the famous Venice Ale House.

Venice Ale House: Venice Beach, CA

Young Coconut [yes, they chop it open right in front of you] and grapefruit juice.

Venice Ale House: Venice Beach, CA

Acai Bowl with granola & bananas

Venice Ale House: Venice Beach, CA

Grilled Wild Alaskan Sandwich with avocado, sautéed onions & spinach, garlic aioli.

After that, we biked down to the Santa Monica pier, which took a total of 5 minutes. I didn’t realize it was so close. The art scene here is wonderful.

IMG_4976 Venice Beach, CA

That night, we ate at a place called Gjelina. It was some of the best food I’ve ever had. We got the cheese plate, shrimp, and the butterscotch cream for dessert… it was incredible. Then, we took the short ride into hollywood to go a spot called Hooray Henry’s. Sidenote: Don’t buy bottle service in hollywood yourself.. they mark the prices up more than 500%… we learned the hard way.

Hooray Henry's: Hollywood, CA

On our third day in Vbeach, we ate breakfast at a place called Figtree’s Cafe that was steps away from our apartment.

Figtree's Cafe: Venice Beach, CA

Organic Steel-Cut Oats with Bananas

Figtree's Cafe: Venice Beach, CA

Fruit Plate: They don’t skimp on fruit here

Then we spent the rest of the day sipping drinks by the pool at the W Hotel Westwood at a weekly event [every sunday] called Wet Sundays. They offer cabana and day bed rentals [we got the day bed], music, bottle service, food, and an on-site photographer. Overall, a great experience and a good opportunity to meet a ton of different kinds of people (<< Like, a new Italian friend that gave me one million tips for my soon-to-come Italy trip!)

Wet Sundays: W Hotel Westwood

The Ellison: Venice Beach, CA

Where am I off to next? Hollywood/ Beverly Hills, of course! Here, here, and here are details on my days spent chilling like a celebrity.

I’m even jealous of myself… possible? Idk.

xx P