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.
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.
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
- Preheat oven to 375
- In a skillet, saute onions in some coconut oil over medium heat
- Add turkey and garlic. Cook for a minute or two
- Add zucchini and tomatoes, stir until combined
- Once the meat is close to cooked, spoon it into the cleaned bell peppers
- 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.
- Let cool a bit (they will be scorching hot!) and eat 🙂
- Serves 2 , one whole pepper or 2 halves.