Stuffed Bell Peppers With Bleu Cheese Crumbles

Sunday, May 21, 2017

One of the things I have tried to be more conscious of in my cooking is trying to cook with the seasons. You know, eating what's plentiful, and in season  at the grocery store or farmer's market, and incorporating that into your meal plans.

Lately, the bell peppers have been so gorgeous that they inspired me to make one of my favorite meals, stuffed peppers.

I like the flexibility of ingredients for stuffed peppers, and you can use turkey, or beef, or make them without meat if you like, too. And you can put veggies in them, from zucchini to tomatoes, to carrots.

For this version of stuffed peppers, I made them with healthy and yummy ground turkey. I put in lots of onions and chopped some mushroom to add to the meat mixture.

This really is an easy meal, and I like knowing that the red peppers are so healthy for you.

The tomato sauce on top of the peppers adds to their great taste, and makes them look good.

I have been a little obsessed with these bleu cheese crumbles lately from Trader Joe's, and have been finding all kinds of ways to use them.

Ground turkey can be a little bland for me sometimes, and so I added the crumbles to top the peppers, and I was pretty much in heaven. They added a delicious kick to the peppers, and I'll make this recipe again, using the bleu cheese crumbles.

Just add some delicious garlic bread and your favorite glass of wine, and you have an easy and delicious summer dinner to enjoy!

Recipe for Stuffed Bell Peppers with Bleu Cheese Crumbles


3 large red bell peppers
1 pound of lean ground turkey
3/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
1 large egg
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped button mushrooms
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
1 small can tomato sauce
3/4 cup bleu cheese crumbles, or top with the amount of your choice


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a large baking dish with vegetable oil.

Wash and cut peppers in half. Cut off stems and remove seeds.

In a large bowl, combine turkey, bread crumbs, egg, onion, mushrooms, salt, and pepper. Pat meat mixture into each half of pepper. Put peppers into greased baking dish.

Spread each pepper with tomato sauce. Generously sprinkle Italian seasoning over peppers.

Bake in the oven for 45-50 minutes. Top with bleu cheese crumbles.

post by Patricia

Game Day Dip Recipes with Foster Farms Snacks #FFBracketBusters

Friday, March 31, 2017

*This is a sponsored post. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. #FFBracketBusters #ad

As a parent I am always trying to find ways to incorporate fun and learning at the same time. Since my son seems to love basketball and even his homework in March has a basketball theme I decided this year we would watch some of the March college basketball tournament. I have been trying to learn more about the process of "bracketology" and must admit my bracket has been busted on the team I was rooting for. The fun still continues as my son and I are enjoying game time dunking of our own with my delicious dip recipes for our snacks. I baked Foster Farms Chicken Breast Nuggets and Mini Corn Dogs while I prepared my dips.

Recipe for Raspberry Honey Mustard Dip:

1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup mustard
2 1/2 tbsp raspberry jam
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Whisk all ingredients together in a large bowl. Cover and put in refrigerator for 1 hour. Serve with Foster Farms Mini Corn Dogs.

Recipe for Pineapple Lime Sweet and Spicy Dip:

2 medium sweet red peppers
2-3 cloves of garlic
1/3 cup of diced tomatoes (I use low sodium with chilies style)
1/2 cup of pineapples with juice ( I bought a canned version with juice included)
1 lime juice/zest
1 tbsp white vinegar
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp hot sauce
1/2 tsp cornstarch
pinch of salt

Dice sweet red peppers and garlic. Add to bowl with diced tomatoes and pineapples with juice. Add remaining ingredients into bowl and stir until incorporated. Put all ingredients in blender on chop setting, pulse only a few times until mixture is roughly blended. Cover and set in refrigerator for 1 hour. Stir before serving with Foster Farms Breast Chicken Nuggets.

While preparing to watch the basketball game my son and I tested our dunking skills with our dips and Foster Farm snacks. I included tomatoes and yellow sweet peppers to be dunked too. I made the snacks and veggies into kebobs served with a bit of each dip on a plate so we could sit down together and watch the game. We had fun enjoying our snacks and rooting for our favorite team in that round.

What are your favorite game watching snacks and dips?

I enjoy eating Foster Farms all natural chicken because it has no added hormones or steroids. Its also a convenient snack since it baked in about 20 minutes. It gives me time to prepare other items while they bake. I am hosting a giveaway for some Foster Farm free item coupons so that you can enjoy Foster Farms with your family and friends. I hope you have fun at your own home party like my family did.

One winner (US Only) will win $72 in Foster Farms coupons. 

3 of the $9.99 Foster Farms Frozen Cooked Chicken Coupons
6 of the $6.99 Foster Farms Corn Dog Coupons 

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*Limited to US residents 18 years old and above. Giveaway starts March 31, 2017 and ends on April 7, 2017 at 12:01 am PST. Winner will be emailed and has 48 hours to respond before another winner is selected. The opinions on this item are 100% mine and may vary from others. The sponsor is responsible for providing the prize.

Orange Pork Tenderloins With Caramelized Onions

Friday, March 24, 2017

I used to cook pork chops all the time, and I really like eating them a lot. But it's been a long time since I've cooked pork of any kind, so the other night I whipped up this delicious Simple Supper.

I think the thinner pork tenderloins work best for this dish, and they cook faster than the thicker kind. This recipe is super easy, and makes a great week night meal, but is also impressive enough for a dinner with friends. I made mashed potatoes and a green vegetable to go with it, but the sides you can serve with this is endless. It really is yummy!!

Orange Pork Tenderloins With Caramelized Onions


8 thin sliced pork tenderloin
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large red onion, thinly sliced
1 cup Pace Picante sauce
1/2 cup orange marmalade
2 teaspoons grated orange zest

Cooking Instructions:

1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork and cook until browned on both sides.

2. Heat the remaining oil in the skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook about 15 minutes, until soft and browned.

3. Put the picante sauce, marmalade, and orange zest into the skillet and stir together with the onions.
Return the pork to the skillet. Reduce heat to low, and cook for 10 minutes.

Serves 4-6 depending on serving sizes.

St. Patrick's Day Brownies and Recipe

Monday, March 13, 2017

Saint Patrick's Day is on Friday but I just couldn't wait to make something green. I love brownies, and so do my grandchildren, so I made these to share with them.

Here is one of my favorite brownie recipes, and it is super easy to make. The recipe makes a big pan, enough for a potluck, or hungry grandchildren :)

Recipe for Quick and Easy Brownies


2 cups sugar
1 cup butter
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp. vanilla extract
4 eggs
11/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup walnut halves (optional)


Melt the butter or margarine and mix all ingredients in the order given.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes in a greased 9x13 pan.

Recipe For Chocolate Dipped Macaroons

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Do you like macaroons?

I love them, especially if they are dipped in chocolate. I came across this super easy recipe for making some.

These are perfect for an everyday cookie to keep in the cookie jar, or fancy enough to put in a pretty package and give as a gift. I'll be giving some at Easter for sure.

The recipe calls for very few ingredients, so use the best available. I buy the sweetened coconut from the bulk foods section of my grocery store. It's much fresher than the coconut in packages.

You can also use white, or milk chocolate to dip the macaroons in. I used dark chocolate this time.

Recipe for Chocolate Dipped Macaroons


1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups sweetened coconut flakes
1/8 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 ounces dark, white, or milk chocolate, melted


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a large cookie sheet.

In a large bowl, stir together flour, coconut, and salt. Add condensed milk and vanilla; stir until well combined.

Drop batter by tablespoonful, 1 inch apart, onto prepared cookie sheet. Bake 15 minutes or until just golden on bottoms.
Transfer to wire racks to cool completely. When cookies are cool, dip top halves into melted chocolate. Let stand until set.

Makes 1 dozen cookies.