Making Recipes Suitable for You! (And here is one of my new favorites)

In my house I am notorious for taking a recipe and making it mine.
I will add “this” or take out “that” to fit my taste or diet. I very rarely make a recipe the way it is written.

I mainly do this because I like experimenting with recipes, especially “comfort foods”, to make them healthier yet still tasty.

I also tweak it with ingredients I have on hand.

Here is an example.

My husband and I love stuffed peppers, so this past weekend I got on my computer and started looking at recipes.

I found this one for Stuffed Peppers

But I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand, such as the beef and I had already made a bunch of shredded chicken for the week, and I wanted to omit some of the cheese and add in some extra flavor with some garlic.

So that is exactly what I did!

I substituted in the chicken, I cut out 1/2 of the cheese recommended and added a whole lot of garlic. 🙂

Here is everything combined and cooking.

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After cooking the “stuffing” for about 20 min, I put it in half-peppers. Again, something else I changed in the recipe. Main reason is because my portion would only be 1/2, while my husband’s would be 1 whole pepper, so he will just eat two. I also put about 1/2 cup of spaghetti sauce on the bottom of the dish.

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Lastly, here is everything cooked and ready to eat!

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I love tweaking recipes and making them perfect for us. I strongly urge you to do as well. Take recipes you normally wouldn’t make because it’s not on the “clean list” and make it suitable for your nutrition plan.

New Favorite Kitchen Tool

When it comes to cooking, and/or baking, I’m really not one to have a bunch of fancy tools and gadgets in the kitchen.
I stick to the basics.

But a couple of months ago I decided to buy a new gadget called the spiralizer. This is a tool that turns vegetables into “noodles” that can be used instead of pasta.

I kept putting off the use of it because…well we don’t really eat pasta. Really the only “pasta” we make in the house is mac ‘n cheese and even that is for our daughter.

But last week my sister-n-law asked me to use it so I could give her my opinion and she would decide if she wanted to purchase one for herself.

My opinion?

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS GADGET!!!

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Here is the Spiralizer I used>>>> CLICK HERE

I made a shrimp and zucchini dish and the zucchini actually did taste like pasta.

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I love this because as I am leaning out over the next 5 weeks and I can get my veggies in and feel like I’m “cheating” with pasta. LOL

Honestly, it is a great way to get your veggies in and, if needed, trick your family into getting them too! Enjoy!