Stuffed Peppers + Nutrition Seminar

After work today I headed to my gym… but not for a workout.

I saw a sign on the whiteboard near the front desk this morning informing members about a free nutrition seminar with a registered dietitian today at 5:30 p.m.

Sign me up!

The seminar was called “To Eat or Not to Eat” and was essentially an “Eat This, Not That” lecture that compared two dining options. Class participants were then asked to choose the healthier option.

I guessed correctly on almost all of the comparisons except for the one comparing the sugar content between one Pop-Tart and a small cup of original apple sauce.

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The cup of apple sauce (original, not natural or unsweetened) had 22 – 23 grams of sugar, while one Pop-Tart had 20 grams. Yikes!

During the seminar, the dietitian answered a lot of different questions, including how to drink more water throughout the day, as many of us in attendance struggle to consume the recommended eight glasses a day. Her suggestions included:

  • Add citrus fruits to cold water, like orange or lemon wedges for added flavor
  • Add cucumber slices to water for a refreshing taste
  • Try sparkling water, as it can satisfy carbonation desires that many soda-lovers crave
  • Buy a 16 oz. water bottle and make it a point to fill it up and drink the whole thing four times daily

I recently began buying sparkling water and must agree that it helps me down more water daily. I get sick of sipping plain water and find that a little extra fizz can make it easier to drink adequate amounts.


Once the seminar was over, I headed home and hung out with Ryan and his cousin for a bit while preparing dinner.

On the menu this evening was stuffed peppers!

I’ve never made stuffed peppers before and after seeing a recipe for stoplight stuffed peppers on Janetha’s blog, I knew I had to give ‘em a go!

I followed her recipe for the most part, but omitted some ingredients and changed the amounts of others.

Luckily with all of my changes they still turned out delicious!

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Though the stuffed peppers looked all fancy sitting up straight, I cut into mine before digging in to make sure the chicken filling was cooked all the way through. It was a good thing I did because the meat wasn’t fully cooked.

After another 8 minutes in the oven, the peppers were ready for eatin’.

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The end result was really, really tasty!

Plus, we have lots of chicken filling that I cooked in a loaf pan along with the peppers leftover to enjoy in the upcoming days.

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And now it’s time to enjoy the lovely company of Ryan and Sadie for the rest of the evening.

See ya in the morning. Let’s hope tomorrow starts off a little chilly again!

Chicken ‘n’ Veggie Stuffed Peppers


  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 c chopped mushrooms
  • 1 packet Knorr vegetable soup mix
  • 1/2 c. marinara sauce
  • 3 egg whites
  • 3/4 c. salsa
  • 2 – 4 large bell peppers


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Mix chicken through salsa in a bowl
  • Cut off tops of peppers and remove the insides
  • Fill peppers with chicken mixture and bake for 40 minutes to an hour, until chicken mixture is fully cooked
  • Enjoy as is, or top with ketchup or hot sauce

*Note: You may cook any leftover chicken filling in a loaf pan and enjoy it as a chicken meatloaf.  

Noodle Soup + Nintendo

Couple multiple Super Nintendo games with homemade noodle soup and you get a fifth grader’s perfect night… or an ideal night in the eye’s of two twenty-something guys. 😉

Late this afternoon Ryan’s cousin Daniel came over to our apartment so the two boys could enjoy an afternoon of throw-back video games.


I wish I could say that the above picture was staged, but the facial expressions and random words coming out of these boys’ mouths were 100 percent original and genuine.

The guys weren’t the only ones enjoying the video games.

Can you spot Sadie?

Where's Sadie?

I hung  out with the guys for a bit before unpacking and starting on dinner.

This evening the three of us enjoyed homemade chicken noodle soup. I had to make an old-school dinner to complement their old-school video games. 🙂

Chicken Noodle Soup

I made the soup using my mom’s recipe, which is my all-time favorite chicken noodle soup recipe. It is a perfect cure for both colds and homesickness.


I love chicken noodle soup with a soda on the side. 😉

Wholesome Soup

Mom’s Chicken Noodle Soup


  • 4 c. reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 c. water
  • 1 packet Knorr vegetable soup mix
  • 2 large chicken breasts, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 large celery stalks, chopped
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • 1 package egg noodles


Pour chicken and water into a pot and simmer. Add chicken and vegetables and let simmer until chicken is fully cooked. Add Knorr vegetable soup mix and let simmer for 20 minutes. Add noodles and let simmer until noodles are fully cooked.

Ta-da! Easy, peasy and so delicious. This recipe will make your house smell ah-maze-ing.

You know what time it is… Bachelorette here I come!