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Lasagna Style Vegetarian / Vegan Stuffed Peppers

This recipe makes 2 servings and is identical to lasagna minus the carbs, fat, calories and many other things:

2 bell peppers one red and one green (cut the tops off, clean the seeds out and wash the inside)
1/2 jar of Ragu – Spice it up with some crushed pepper
1/4 cup of rice (make plain as per instructions)
1/2 pkg of vegan ground round (I use Yves brand)
1 garlic (pressed)
50g of mushrooms (cut into cubes)
1 onion (sliced and diced)
1 tsp oil
1 bunch of parsley (finely diced)
1 tsp Parmesan or Nutritional Yeast
Some grated cheese or Daiya cheese (vegan cheese that melts and tastes like real cheese! nom nom nom)

Directions:
1. Par boil the peppers in water for about 5 minutes or until tender-firm, not mushy and falling apart. You can also cook them cut side down for 10 mins on low, at 400 degrees in a Jet Stream Oven (if using a jet stream after 10 minutes turn off and just leave the peppers inside until you are ready for them).
2. Prepare your rice as per instructions on the bag, if using a rice cooker the best rule of thumb is if it’s white do equal 1/4 cup of rice = 1/4 cup of water. If using brown or wild rice 1/4 cup of rice = 1/2 cup of water so you’d want to double up the water for these less processed grains.
3. In a non-stick sauce pan saute your onion and mushroom in the tsp of oil until golden brown. Once it is done add the garlic and parsley and saute for another minute.
4. Add the Ragu, Parmesan cheese/Nutritional Yeast and ground round – cover and simmer until nice and hot.
5. Stuff the majority of the grated cheese in at the bottom of the peppers, leave some set aside for the top and place on a baking sheet.
6. When the rice is done add it to the sauce pot and stir until mixed thoroughly. Turn off the stove and using a spoon that will fit inside the peppers without ripping them carefully scoop the mixture into the peppers until they are fully stuffed. You may find that you have a lot of the mixture still left over, if thats the case throw it into your lunch the next day for a snack.
7. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top, cover with foil  and bake at 400 for 20 minutes 10minutes with foil on 10 minutes with foil off. If using a Jet Stream Oven cook uncovered for 10 minutes on 400 low.

When they are done let them settle for a few minutes before cutting, when ready use a serrated knife and carefully cut them in half divide 1/2 red and 1/2 green between two plates. Serve with a side salad and enjoy!!

November 16, 2011 Posted by | Recipes | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Vegetarian for 90 days – W3 Day one, two & three – Diet and Weight Loss – Veg4ninety

Wow so I’ve been slacking on this thing, and keeping you all in suspense!! I will reveal my weight at the end of this week as well as some updated photo’s. My blog is still a bit messy but I am cleaning it up which takes a lot of time!!

This is week 3 for me and so far everything has been going great, I love feeling good and eating healthy really makes you feel like a superstar! No guilt nor shame is standing in my way getting me down, nope! I may not be happy with my weight but I still feel beautiful from the inside out and it’s all thanks to responsible eating and fulfilling workouts.

Here’s my points for the past three days note the diet is the same so I’ll only post once:

Diet A.M.:
1 serving of wheat grass – 9am (they say wheat grass juice should be taken minimum 30 minutes before eating, it is a great cleanser for the blood).
1/2 Carrot Muffin, plus 1/2 slice of an oatcake and 2 pitted honey dates – 10am
1/2 of a calorie reduced pb & nutella sandwhich – 11am
4 cups of decaf coffee (equivalent to one XL) with milk no sugar – 11am – 2pm

Diet P.M.:
2 cups of raddichio and spinach soup – 12pm
1/2 Cup of homemade oil and vinegar coleslaw – 2pm
1 Scoop of berry Vega Shake dissolved in water – 3pm  Vega is a great source of protein and whole ground up foods I drink mostly the berry flavoured Vega, they also have chocolate, vanilla chai and natural (the chocolate kind of tastes like the smell of marijuana). Note Vega is an aquired taste so don’t be alarmed you will learn to love your vega!
1 serving of homemade Fruit salad blend- 3:30pm
5x baby carrots + 1 celery stalk sliced into quarters – 4pm
Dinner with a Cesar Salad – 5:30pm
Cereal Parfait – 7:30pm
1/2 cup of un-pasturiezed apple cider – 10pm

Dinner for week 3:
Day one: Stuffed Peppers
Day two: Quinoa Salsa Burger
Day three: Meatless Shepherd’s Pie

Workout W3 day one:
50 Minutes of Mel B’s Totally Fit – Warm up, Advanced Cardio, Legs, Bum, Cool down
10 Minutes on the Elliptical level 2
1 mile walk – 25mins
Avg. burn 600 calories

Day two:
35 minutes weight lifting
20 Minutes of Mari Winsor’s Slimming Pilates series with the Slimming Band
10 Minutes on the Elliptical level 2
1 Mile walk – 25mins
Avg. Burn 500 calories

Day three:
33 Minutes of Aerobic stretching – Advanced Cardio Recovery Insanity Workout
10 Minutes on the Elliptical level 2
1 Mile walk – 25 minutes
Avg. Burn 500 Calories

Calories consumed were kept under 1500. I will be reducing my calories/carbs in the next week as stated before as I wish to accelerate my weight loss. You can follow but you don’t have to as you will lose weight on this diet just at a more regular pace of 1-2 pounds per week.

November 16, 2011 Posted by | Days | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment