Turkey Stuffed Bell Peppers

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2012/05/18 by nikkiledford

I’m doing the vegetarian thing for a couple of days…. WHAT!? I know, I can’t believe I said that.

I love propoganda like this.

That’s right. For yesterday and today I am a veggiesaurus. Why? Why would I do such a thing? Well, in my never-ending quest to unravel the mystery known as “my gastrointestinal tract”, I have recently stumbled upon a liver cleanse.

Now, I am not the type of chick to give into gimmicky scams promising boundless energy, effortless weight loss, and tighter abs for only $49.95. No sir, I am a skeptic to the core. However, I’ve never truly given naturopathic remedies, like a liver cleanse, a chance to improve my health. I always figure I can just cure things through food (and I don’t like spending money on snake oil). However, lately my methods have been failing me and my list of suspect food items keeps growing.

It all started with dairy-free in 2005/2006. Progress.

Then I contracted a parasite (gross) in 2006. Sick again.

Then went Gluten-free in 2007. Success.

Further down the rabbit hole I discovered Paleo in 2010. Even more progress!

Alas, I now find myself shying away from raw vegetables, nuts, seeds, too much coconut (terrible, i know)

My sleep was interrupted, anxiety high. I decided to try a candida cleanse. If you don’t know what that is… google it. I figured there’s probably some sort of imbalance going on in my gut. Basically, my gut is broken. I haven’t been able to heal it with paleo alone. I was feeling adrenal fatigue and just general unhappiness with my progress towards health.

So, (geez, this is a long story) I went on a candida diet for two weeks (basically no sugar, mushrooms, vinegar, fruit, etc. ) Pretty easy because I already don’t eat sugar, grains, legumes, or processed foods. Hardest part: no coffee or chocolate. Yup. I have been caffeine free for the past 16 days. Let me tell you, that is no easy feat. I’m pretty sure I was half zombie for the first 5 days. ANYWAYS, about 4 days ago I went to see a nutritionist and she suggested a liver cleanse and to follow that up with a more aggressive candida diet. I’ll explain that when I get there, but for the moment, I am on Day 2 of my liver cleanse. I have to drink this protein drink (not paleo, btw) and take some pills. All ingredients are legit and I researched it before I started just to make sure I wasn’t purchasing Voodoo magic. Starting tomorrow I can incorporate clean meats. Grass fed and organic. No eggs though. (sad face).

So why am I posting a meat related recipe? Masochism? maybe. Just because I can’t have animal right now, doesn’t mean you should be deprived also!

Actually, being a vegetarian isn’t that bad. Except for the “no meat” part.

Incredibly Easy! Make ahead of time for a lunch on the go!

Turkey Stuffed Bell Peppers

2 large bell peppers, remove the ribs and seeds but cutting them in half lengthwise, or cutting off the top of the pepper.
1 lb. ground turkey
1/2 red onion, diced
1 zucchini squash, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can diced organic tomatoes with green chiles
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. paprika
sprinkle of red pepper flakes

  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. In a skillet, saute onions in some coconut oil over medium heat
  3. Add turkey and garlic. Cook for a minute or two
  4. Add zucchini and tomatoes, stir until combined
  5. Once the meat is close to cooked, spoon it into the cleaned bell peppers
  6. Put the peppers in a baking dish and bake for 20 mins, until the peppers get a little soft and the meat starts to brown on top.
  7. Let cool a bit (they will be scorching hot!) and eat 🙂
  8. Serves 2 , one whole pepper or 2 halves.
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