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Z’s Stuffy-Stuffed Peppers

Easy Peasy!

I started a low carb/no carb stint of two weeks today and as I was making my shopping list and weekly menu, I got a hankering to make something with green peppers. As I was thinking about what I could make with green bell peppers, I looked over on my stove and there was one of my homegrown (we slaughter our own cows) ground beef tubes on the stove-thawing out.

Yes! Stuffed peppers with ground peppers, mushrooms and zucchini! Not to mention the oh-so-gooey cheese!!!

These babies are so easy to make! I just whipped up all the stuffing in a big pan, sliced up the peppers and laid them out in the pan, put lots of cheese below and on top, and then stuck them in the oven! Then viola! –a yummy and easy low carb dinner!

I love easy and yummy. Sometimes that is a hard combo to get, but when you find a recipe that works for you and your family AND is easy to make…KEEP IT!

I called this dish “stuffy-stuffed” because I load my peppers up with meat mixture and cheese! My favorite kind of “stuffy”!

The Method

First, you start with your meat. I added about 2-3 TBS of butter to cook the meat in (because my beef is so lean). It also makes for a richer taste overall.

I added the veggies after the meat was almost done.

Then you add your mushrooms, zucchini and spices.

Saute together and mix up those spices really good!

Next, place all of the halved bell peppers in a greased pan (I used Pam), and then add one slice of provolone to each bell pepper half. Then Place the meat on top of the cheese.

Next, you’re gonna want to cheese the crap (pardon my French) out of them!!! Just load those suckers with that beautiful mozzarella!

Finally, stick those babies in the oven!

Simple is my kind of cookin’!

I really do prefer simple meals when it comes to my weekly dinner menu. With 4 kids and a hungry husband, it is very reassuring to know that there are simple meals that can be prepared very simply, yet having health benefits too. Simple is my kind of cookin’!

I served this dish with Trim Healthy Mama’s Trim Noodles. They are basically a noodle made from Konjac. They are super low carb and have a very similar texture to real spaghetti noodles (you can buy them here http://www.trimhealthymama.com). I made my noodles with pizza sauce (way less less sugar than pasta sauce), and it was the perfect side for a stuffed pepper! Kind of felt like I was eating a cheat meal! 🙂

Anyways, there are many sides you could easily put with this dish for a healthy low-carb meal. Salads, sauteed veggies, konjac noodles, low carb noodles etc. The possibilities are endless!

I served my kids this dish with veggie noodles and pizza sauce, and they loved it!

For my growing kids, I like to add in extra carbs for them.
Notice the amount of sugar! I love pizza sauce because it tastes like pasta sauce, without all the sugar!

 

The Recipe

So if you have extra bell peppers and some ground beef (or turkey), this simple and easy dish is sure to please! My kids and husband loved it!

Low carb and full of nutrition!

Easy peasy to make!

A crowd pleaser!

Yummy!

Hope y’all enjoy it!

God Bless!

-Z

Yields 8 large portions

Z’s Stuffy-Stuffed Peppers

An easy and nutritious low carb dinner!

15 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 3-4 whole Green Bell peppers
  • 2-3 lbs of ground beef (ours is grass fed and very lean)
  • Sliced provolone cheese
  • 3 cups diced mushrooms
  • 1 Large zucchini
  • 3 tbs butter
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1-2 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbs salt
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2-3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease large baking dish(9x13)- I used butter or Pam Butter spray.
  3. In large sauce pan, melt butter and add ground beef.
  4. Cook ground beef until brown, add salt and pepper to season.
  5. When meat is almost done cooking, add in diced mushrooms and zucchini.
  6. Cook until softened.
  7. Meanwhile:
  8. Cut Bell peppers in half (de-seeded) and place in greased baking pan.
  9. Place one slice of provolone cheese into each bell pepper half.
  10. Once meat mixture is done, add about 1/2 cup mixture into bell peppers.
  11. Top with Mozzarella cheese, a little more salt and pepper.
  12. Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  13. Enjoy hot, and serve with side dish of choice, or enjoy alone!
  14. NOTE: I had extra meat mixture. I added the leftover meat mixture to my baking pan and topped with cheese, and then I just baked it along with the belle peppers. It is great for adding to omelets for the next morning, or enjoying as a Low carb snack or meal :).
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Recipes · Sweets and Treats

Z’s Peanut Butter Cookies

Sugar-free, THM-S and Keto!

These bad boys are pure peanut butter heaven!

But before I get into the recipe, let me just talk a minute about guilt-free eating!!!

Eating Guilt Free

Can I just say, I eat like a queen! I get to eat absolutely delicious food every day…and all because of the food freedom found through THM (trim healthy mama)! This lifestyle truly has become such freedom! Not only do I get to eat yummy cookies like these all the time, but I get to experiment and create such fun dishes and recipes because I understand the “science” behind eating healthy!

Here are some reasons why I love the THM lifestyle…

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I get to eat amazing food. Can you tell I love strawberries?
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I bounced right back after having my 4th baby, on THM!
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My kids absolutely love what I make because it’s mostly THM approved!

 

 

 

 

 

workout
It allows me to have the energy I need to workout.

 

 

 

breakfast
I can eat breakfasts like this everyday if I wanted to!
family
I am able to have a “quality of life” with my family. Good health and energy to keep up with them all!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I get to eat muffins in a mug all the time!

 

 

MIF
Meal time is always a hit with THM!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It allows me to still fit in a swimsuit (no matter how embarrassed I may feel).
It allows me to fit into a swimsuit (no matter how embarrassed I may feel).
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It allows my husband to look like a stud-muffin! (p.s. our son fell asleep on our hike).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The list goes on and on…

If you haven’t looked into THM, I highly suggest you do!

Here’s their website, and here is a link to buy the book>>>

http://trimhealthymama.com

My husband loves it too! He gets to eat yummy cookies, cakes, mouth-watering meats and veggies, delicious casseroles, breakfast goodies and the list goes on and on. All guilt-free! He calls himself the “trim healthy man”, of course, but he loves to tell his buddies about eating this way too!

 

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Trying to get him to take a serious picture is pretty much impossible! (Isn’t he handsome?!? 😉

Be sure to look out for my post on THM and why we do it in our home. 🙂

Cookie Model #2

This is my youngest boy. His name is Josiah. He is my bundle of energy, and my risk-taker! He loves to wrestle with his brothers, climb trees outside, ride his bike, play out in the back field for hours and mostly just get in to trouble in whatever way he can find. 🙂

He always has some sort of scrap or bruise from his excessive need for speed and adventure, just like in these pictures. But, he does keep us on our toes, and we think he is such a blessing!

Josiahs cookies

Would you look at those eyes though! I’m sure we will be “boarding up the doors” to keep the girls away, very soon!

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The Recipe

Needless to say, these cookies are a hit! They just have such an amazing texture! You seriously cannot tell that they are sugar-free and only made with almond flour!

There is a “secret” ingredient though… Z’s 3 ingredient Peanut Butter Recipe (keep an eye out for the recipe). Yes, I made the peanut butter from scratch!!z's peanut butter

I cannot say enough about my amazing Vitamix blender! It literally took me under 2 minutes to make scrumptious homemade peanut butter! And, it proved to be infinitely better than store-bought natural peanut butter!

 

This is the blender that I have, and they are having a sale, so you’re in luck!! Just click on the link right here to look at the possibility of owning your own amazing blender!!! Such an awesome investment!

>>>Vitamix: Get the Black Stainless A3500 for $50 off from January 26th-29th! Shop Now! (see my affiliate marketing disclosure at bottom of page).

 

Back to the recipe….

I did use my homemade peanut butter for this recipe, but you can use any peanut butter of your choice. I suggest a natural no-sugar-added peanut butter, to keep it in a sugar-free state.

Another note I might add is that, after you take them out of the oven, let them cool completely before handling them. I just left mine on the cookie sheet. They tend to keep their texture better that way.

cookie sheet
Cookies cooling on baking sheet.

They turn such a beautiful golden brown around the edges after they come out of the oven, yet they stay nice and chewy in the middle!

Hope you enjoy them as much as my family and I did!

-Z

 

Yields 3 Dozen Cookies

Serves 3 cookies

Z’s Peanut Butter Cookies

A delicious and chewy classic peanut butter cookie...without the guilt!!!

10 minPrep Time

13 minCook Time

23 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 sticks of butter (1 cup)
  • 1 1/4 cup of Gentle Sweet or preferred sweetener
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp molasses
  • 2 cups peanut butter (Z's 3 ingredient peanut butter is best, but you can use preferred peanut butter)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups almond flour
  • 2 Tbs Super Sweet (if you like sweeter cookies)
  • 1/4 cup pressed peanut powder (I used THM)
  • 1 tsp Xantham gum

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In stand mixer mix 2 sticks softened butter-until creamy
  3. Add sweetener -mix until fluffy
  4. Add peanut butter, eggs, vanilla and molasses-mix until creamy
  5. Add in all dry ingredients while mixer is stopped
  6. Mix altogether until cookie dough consistency
  7. Roll dough into balls and place on uncreased cookie sheets
  8. Use fork to make classic criss-cross pattern
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 13 minutes or until edges are golden brown
  10. Let cool on cookie sheets
  11. Eat and Enjoy!!!
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