Happy Tuesday! I noticed that this is week 51 of writing my tidbits. Next week will be week 52 and a whole year of this. Ok, I wasn’t perfect and there were several weeks over the past year that I had to take a brake and skipped posting, but nonetheless.
My tidbits have actually been my most read posts and I really appreciate that. It is where I get most personal and give a little share about myself or my family. Some weeks are busier than others and sometimes I have alot to share and some weekends I feel like I struggle to share anything. That is how life works sometimes though. Well, let’s get into my 51st Tidbits.
What We Ate:
My husband recently joined me on trying to live a bit of a healthier lifestyle. I have been trying to make some dinners that are healthier and filled with yummy veggies but without lacking the flavor. One thing I have been wanting to try to make are stuffed peppers.
Sometimes making meals with ground meat is hard because I don’t eat beef and my husband only prefers beef. He agreed to allow me to stuff the peppers with ground turkey and I was all for it! I usually prefer the leanest turkey as possible because it is healthier and less Weight Watchers points, however Kenny says the meat is chewy that way. I made a compromise that since he allowed me to use turkey I will use a lesser lean variety and it ended up working out because he liked them! I didn’t follow a recipe and just made my own. To preface, I used 4 peppers that were cut in half. I had plenty of meat leftover so you can probably use 8-10 peppers. That may seem like a lot but go ahead and freeze them for a dinner later on.
- 8-10 bell peppers. Remove the core with seeds and cut long ways. You can use any colors. I prefer red, orange, and yellow.
- 1 lb ground turkey. I used 85% but whatever you prefer is fine
- 1 chopped onion.
- 1 cup of uncooked brown rice
- 1 can diced tomatoes. I used plain but Rotel would be good too
- 1 can fire roasted corn, drained
- Shredded cheese, either taco variety or cheddar cheese
- Taco seasoning
- Other optional mixins: black beans, green onions, jalapenos, etc
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Brown the turkey. After it is browned, pour out the juice.
- Add chopped onion and cook for a few minutes, about 3 minutes when it starts to get soft.
- Add tomatoes, corn, brown rice, taco seasoning and any other mixins you would like. Cover and let cook on medium-low heat for about 5 minutes.
- Scoop meat mixture into peppers and put in a sprayed roasting pan. Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top.
- Bake in oven about 25-30 minutes. The peppers should be softer on the inside but not too soft where they fall apart.
- Enjoy! You can serve with sour cream on top, hot sauce, salsa, etc.
It was super easy and flavorful. My husband can’t do spicy food and I love spicy food so spice up as you see fit!
Healthier Banana Bread
We are big fans of banana bread in our house! We have bananas and oranges stocked in the house at all times for us and the kids. When the bananas start getting a little too ripe I put them into a bread. This is one of my favorites during the winter. It has such a cozy feeling about it.
The bread was very good! I was going to add the chocolate chips to it but my husband likes nuts in the bread so I added some walnuts instead. I substituted the brown sugar for coconut sugar which is a 1:1 substitute. I also ran out of maple syrup so did part maple syrup and part honey. I always add a tiny bit of butter on my slice when it is warm. It adds to that comfort level.
What We Have Been Doing:
Organizing, decluttering, purging, and storing has been the name of our game as of late. Last weekend we purged a linen/bathroom closet and reorganized everything. We now have tons of space in that closet after getting rid of old towels, sheets, and blankets that were in bad shape or we would not use anymore.
If you have been following along, you know that we have turned what was a closet for our washer/dryer into a butler’s pantry and coffee bar. After that we wanted to tackle a hall closet that has been storing most of the boxes for our kitchen stuff. Once the butler’s pantry was done we were able to empty alot of those boxes. We then tackled on updating the storage in this closet. Before it was just one wire rack. It is traditionally considered a “coat closet” but we live in Savannah and don’t have big bulky coats that need it’s own storage closet.
We added some shelving and now we have the perfect place for more storage for our paper products, cleaning devices, and some of those big kitchen appliances we don’t use too much. The more storage opportunities, the better! Next week my goal is to tackle our food pantry with some new storage items. Stay tuned next week!
What’s We’ve Been Watching:
Unless you are new to my Tidbits, you know about our love for Yellowstone. We just finished watching Season 2 and it continues to be an amazing show! I love getting to know the backstory of the characters a little bit more. I won’t offer any spoilers if you are new to the show. Just know that if you are wondering if you should watch it or not, stop wondering. You don’t have to be a fan of westerns to like the show. I am NOT a fan of westerns and would rather stare outside the window than watch a western of any kind. This is different.
I am currently all caught up on …And Just Like That. Just like with the first time this show came out, the fashion continues to inspire me each episode. I always loved with Carrie was wearing as it was always so unique although I find myself more of a Charlotte. Her fashion continues to be classic and beautiful. I will miss when the show is over.
I started rewatching Veep. I started it back when it first came out in 2012 and watched it for 2 or 3 seasons. I always loved it but we didn’t have HBO and finding time was hard. Now that we have HBO Max, I went back and started watching it. I still love it, if not even more now. Julia Louis-Dreyfus has always been a celebrity I look up to. The show is still relevant and just humorous. I found myself laughing out loud alot. I am half way through season one and it was great to remember what I had seen before but also see new things I missed the first time.
What’s Been Inspiring Me:
- Chicken Parmesan is one of our favorite meals to eat. I found a casserole version that I want to try HERE
- Who doesn’t love a cinnamon roll? Who doesn’t love a cookie? How about a combination of both?? These cinnamon roll cookies look so delicious HERE
- My mom used to make beer bread when I was younger and it was always really good. I found a one bowl bread buttery beer bread recipe HERE
- @plant.based.recipe: I love love LOVE nutella but it is not a very healthy option. I found a healthy nutella recipe HERE
- @callascleaneats: Give me all the cookie dough, am I Right???? I found this recipe for these healthier options HERE
- @southernlivingmag: This pink champagne cake looks like the perfect dessert for a Valentine’s Day celebration HERE
What’s On My Wishlist:
See below for the items I am coveting this week.