I am so glad I took this week off from work.  I've been running errands and going to appointments, working out and relaxing before the hard work kicks in. Also, it's given me time to get back in to doing some cooking! With my work schedule lately I haven't had much time to cook or go shopping with my mom.  Luckily enough I was able to go shopping with my mom and plan a couple of meals.

Last night my new favorite salad, from Niagara Falls, was what I had planned for dinner. It was as good as I remember with my own little twists and my dad even loved it! He's a good sport when it comes to my cooking, but I try a cook on the healthier side and for him that means blander taste. I love him for trying though!

My salad had a bed of sweet potato fries, topped with spinach, hardboiled egg, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, monterrey jack cheese and bleu cheese. 

Yesterday I did the chest and triceps of the LiveFit Program, then capped off my workout with a 30 minute stint on the stepper. And then I spent the rest of the day taking my little brother school supplies shopping and just hanging out at home.  I have to say school supplies shopping remains being one of my favorite things to do! I don't know why, but I just love getting new notebooks and pens and planners. Is anyone else like this?!

Today I started the morning off early traveling from appointment, to appointment, to appointment.  Finally after I was done with appointments, it was off to workout.  I did back and biceps today then finished with an interval workout on the treadmill.  So much for no cardio right?

This is what my interval looked like:
                0-5 minutes        4.5   
                5-10 minutes      5.5
                10-20 minutes    6.5
                20-35 minutes    7.5 for 2 minutes
                                        6.0 for 1 minute
                35-40 minutes    Cool Down
I was sweating after this!

I had been looking for a vegetarian stuffed pepper recipe.  Tonight I was able put one to the test and it was really good! The filling was quinoa, onions, tomatoes, black beans and cilantro, and was baked in enchilada sauce which I then topped them with. My mom and I both really liked them. I'll probably have leftovers for lunch and my mom is even taking some in for lunch tomorrow. I love finding ways to use quinoa too. It really fills me up with all that protein!
The ingredients!
The filling. I could've just eaten it like this!
Colorful peppers!
Post-oven and ready for my belly! Anyone else have a favorite stuffed pepper recipe?! Sharing is caring :)

Now I'm finishing off the night with some Sex and the City!

Judith U. Zingg
08/21/2012 7:47pm

Becca, I have really enjoyed reading your blogs this summer and so glad you started doing them. I hope when you get back to school, you'll be able to find the time to continue writing them once a week or so. I know they won't be about cooking, but about your other goings on. On that note, have another wonderfully successful school year. Love you, Grandma


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