Day two: check. How did you do with our super-spice cinnamon? I started off the day strong with a heaping shake of it on my PB2 covered toast, followed by an afternoon delight of the Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bake…delicious!
Now, as we look towards Day #3, I am thinking this may be an excellent day to showcase the bell pepper. Why? Well, for starters bell peppers are so versatile you can incorporate them into your diet in so many different ways that they are a convenient item to have on hand. Since tomorrow I know is a busy day in the Shaw household, I thought I would menu something that is quick and convenient to prepare. Thus, tomorrow will be a Turkey Bell Pepper Scramble!
Bell peppers come in a variety of different colors (yellow, red & green), which make them a great vegetable to add to bring color to any dish. Not only does 1 cup come in at only 30 calories, but it also provides over 95% of your daily values for vitamin C and and A. This superfood plays a big role as an antioxidant which helps our bodies fight off the bad guys (free radicals we are exposed to in our environment). Bell peppers also have shown to have anti-cancer properties, however the nutritional benefits are significantly increased when the pepper is in its natural state. Thus, be careful not to over-cook the pepper! Add in at the end of cooking so they still have a nice crunch.
If you have more time tomorrow, I challenge you to experiment and try a recipe that uses the bell pepper as a mold for the main entree. Check out this recipe for a Turkey Stuffed Bell Pepper. If you are REALLY tight on time, try to have them as an afternoon snack with hummus to provide a great source of protein and fiber. Since I know I have ground turkey defrosted, I am going to toss some into a turkey scramble and serve it with some fresh fruit tomorrow. Not too much brain science required for the recipe tomorrow, so enjoy playing in your kitchen and see what you come up with on your own for this superfood!
- 1/2 lb of 95% lean ground turkey
- 1/2 cup of red, green and/or yellow bell peppers
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- dash of smoked paprika
- dash of pepper
- optional (egg whites-1/2 cup)
- Saute turkey until brown with onion, garlic and spices. Add a 1/4 cup of water (or a little more if meat it sticking) to pan to cook with natural flavors.
- Add in egg whites if incorporating into recipe and cook until done.
- Throw in bell peppers and cook for 3-5 minutes, keeping peppers al dente.
- Enjoy with fresh fruits, pita wedges or whole grain tortillas!