Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Peppers!

I woke up early today to go for a run before the kids woke up (while my husband was sleeping) but the kids got up as soon as I strapped on my Garmin. Bummer. So I decided to just do my run on the dreadmill. A while ago, I saw a workout on Krista's blog, and I really liked it. I wanted it to be a little more challenging, however, so I made the speeds a little faster and used a 2% incline through the whole thing. Here's what it looked like with my changes:
Next time I'll change the 5.0's up to 6.0's. I don't like going slower than 6.0.  Anyway, I like doing this because you have to change the speed every minute--which makes the workout go by so much faster! It ended up being a little over 3 miles.

I had 4 bell peppers in the fridge that I needed to use up asap, because they were about to go bad. One of each color: red, yellow, orange, and green. So I sliced them all up, along with 2 red onions, and I sauteed them. Then I added my homemade fajita seasoning mix. I ate the mixture on top of some quinoa, and it was SO GOOD.

Fajita Seasoning Mix  
3 Tbsp. cornstarch
2 Tbsp. chili powder 
1 Tbsp. salt 
1 Tbsp. paprika 
1 Tbsp. sugar 
2 1/2 tsp. crushed chicken bouillon 
1 1/2 tsp. onion powder 
1/2 tsp. garlic powder 
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper 
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes 
1/2 tsp. cumin 
Mix it all up in a baggie. To season meat and/or veggies, add 2/3 of a cup of water + 3 Tbsp. of seasoning mix (per pound of meat).  This makes 10 tablespoons of seasoning, and each serving is 3/4 Tbsp. 
The peppers and onions were so colorful while they were cooking, and smelled delicious!
4 peppers, one each of red, yellow, orange, and green; plus 2 onions

After adding seasoning, piled on top of quinoa... yummy!
The ONLY fresh produce I have left in my fridge right now is half a bag of carrots. Since I wrote that entry about wanting to pay off debt, I've been focusing on being resourceful and using up what we have so I don't throw away food. I've managed to use up a LOT of stuff--by dehydrating fruit, making oatmeal bars, sauteeing the peppers and onions, and snacking on fresh fruit. When trying to decide what to eat, I think first about what I have to use up before it goes bad.

I just got back from the kids t-ball game. It was miserably hot! 92 degrees and pure sun just beating down on us. I could feel the skin cancer forming as I sat there. The umpire ended up calling the game over after two innings (they usually play three) because of the heat. Jerry has a baseball game tonight too, and I planned on going, but I'll just wait for a cooler day to watch him play :)

Tomorrow is weigh-in day... and Noah's birthday!! He'll be 7. I can't believe how fast the last 7 years have gone by.
     

5 comments:

  1. I've actually never had quinoa before...

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  2. Loved your idea for peppers. I use big wedges as a replacement for crackers or bread (because I can't seem to stop with bread!) and love to top them with a mixture of grilled chicken breast (chopped), blue cheese crumbles and Frank's Wing Sauce. It's my own little take on hot wings and makes a great lunch or snack.
    Enjoy the birthday tomorrow - they fly by way to fast:)

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  3. Running with an incline is impressive and I think I might have to try this program. This morning I did my 5K in 29:27 (on the treadmill) and then finished the 4th mile by 38:36. I'm getting there. We have 2 5Ks coming up, but I really want to do a 10k in September. I think I'm just going to have to suck it up and go for it!

    I have to hit the produce market tomorrow since all I have is a few apples and that bag o' baby carrots! Enjoy your son'e birthday tomorrow!

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  4. Wow, that looks so yummy!

    Do your kids eat the same thing or do you make them a seperate meal? Just curious ...

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