Creamy Mushroom & stuffed peppers recipe

Ingredients:

  • 5 green bell peppers seeded and cut in half ( I don’t like green peppers too much, so I would use red, yellow or orange)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil (or if you have a preferred cooking oil)
  • 3 stalks of celery diced (I would skip this part due to not being a fan of celery)
  • 1 small onion diced (you choose what kind of onion)
  • 2 pound of cremini mushrooms sliced ( I have never tried these kind of mushrooms)
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 4 tablespoons of flour
  • 2 cups of cold milk
  • 2 cups of chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon of dried thyme crushed
  • 5 teaspoons of dried mushrooms (she recommended oyster or porcini ground into powder)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 2 cups of cooked chicken shredded
  • 2 cups of cooked white rice 
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded cheese, cheddar or Monterey jack

Instructions:

  1. Preheat over to 375 degrees F
  2. Cut the peppers in half and remove seeds and ribs
  3. Lay peppers cut side up in a 9 x 13 inch pan with 1/4 cup water in the bottom
  4. lightly sprinkle with kosher salt and microwave the peppers for 8-10 minutes until softened 
  5. Drain the water from the pan and set aside
  6. In a large skillet, saute onions and celery with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and a pinch of kosher salt over medium heat until they begin to soften, about 4-5 minutes 
  7. Add the cremini mushrooms and cook for another 5-7 minutes until the mushrooms soften, then transfer to a bowl
  8. In the same skillet, melt the butter over medium heat, scraping bits from the bottom of pan if there are any.
  9. Whisk in the flour and cook over low heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly so flour taste cooks out and the mixture becomes lightly browned. 
  10. Add the chicken stock and milk to the butter and flour mixture stirring constantly to avoid lumps. Add the thyme, crushing it between your fingers, the ground mushroom powder, and season with the salt pepper
  11. Bring the mixture to a boil the reduce the to medium heat and cook until the sauce thickens and reduces by 1/3, Add the mushroom mixture back to the pan with the chicken and rice and cook until warmed. Add more milk if the sauce is too thick. 
  12. Lightly salt the inside of the stemmed and seeded peppers and place in a microwave safe bowl with 1/2 cup of water, cover and cook for 5 minutes until starting to soften
  13. Place peppers in a 9 x 12 baking dish, skin side down and fill the pepper cavities with chicken mixture and top each pepper with a small handful of cheese and add extra filling around the peppers. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes or until bubbling and the cheese is melted. Rest for 5 minutes, and serve

Found this recipe on pinterest and decided to give it a share on the blog. I have never had stuffed peppers, but I can only imagine this particular recipe being delicious, if you want to follow the creator of this recipe, click Here

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9.12.18 Macro’s log

2AM (work lunch)

  • Two hamburgers with ketchup & mayo, velveeta cheese slices (one hamburger was bunless and no cheese)

No macro’s recorded. 

5PM: Work snack

  • 3 oreo cookies, Calories 160, Carbs 25g, Fats 7g, and protein 1g

8PM Dinner:

  • City blends 16oz shake (Get your peanuts here) Calories 428, Carbs 60g, Fat 11g, and protein 28g
  • Extra scoop of peanut butter for shake: Calories 90, carbs 3.5g, fats 7.5g and protein 3.5g
  • Ramen noodle with white rice, beef, fried eggs, broccoli, fresh green beans, white fresh mushrooms, white onion, sriracha sauce stir fry

9.11.18 Macro’s log

12AM Work snack:

  • Kroger Carb master Yogurt (Strawberry): Calories 60, Carbs 4g, Fats 1.5g and protein 8g
  • Kroger Simply classic trailmix (13 pieces) Calories 150, Carbs 14g, Fats 10g, and protein 4g

2AM Work Lunch:

  • 2 cheeseburgers (bbq) with mayo, ketchup, yellow mustard, 2 hot dogs with ketchup & yellow mustard and chopped onions
  • Potato salad 
  • Bottled water 

This was provided due to it being employee appreciation week. I could not record any macro’s for this meal

6:30PM Dinner @ Home

  • Ramen noodle, white rice, sriracha sauce, fried eggs, fresh green beans, broccoli, white onion, white fresh mushrooms, beef homemade stir fry

Could not provide macro’s for this meal.

9:30PM (Snack @ work)

  • 2 Hamburgers with mayo, velveeta cheese slices, and ketchup

No macro’s recorded. 

As you can tell, the whole day was full of carbs and protein, lol and fats. Not the best options for fats but carbs and and protein was g

Macro’s log 9.09.18

11:30AM (Breakfast)

  • Macromeal ultimate superfood vanilla protein + Superfoods (2.0 scoops)
  • Kroger 2% milk (12 oz)

Protein shake: Calories: 160, Carbs: 6g, Fats: 2.5g, Protein: 25g 

Milk: 180 calories, Carbs: 18g, Fats: 7.5g, Protein: 12g

2:30PM (Lunch)

  • Buttermilk and maple (kodiak cakes/flapjack) 61.0g
  • Kroger 2% milk (1/4 cup)

Kodiak cakes: Calories: 250, Carbs: 35g, Fats: 7g, Protein: 10g

Milk: Calories: 30, Carbs: 3g, Fats: 1.3g, Protein: 2g

5:30PM (dinner)

  • White long grain rice (enriched) w/ ground pork, shredded baked chicken, fried whole eggs, sriracha sauce, Kroger Thousand Island dressing

No macros were recorded.

9:00PM (before work meal)

  • Marco’s meatball sub/6′ (ate 95% of it)

Sub: Calories: 589, Carbs: 53.2g, Fats: 26.6g, Protein: 35.1g

Normally this isn’t something I would do before work, especially at this time, but for some reason I was craving a sub, lol. 

Didn’t record totals for this meal because of the fact that I did not measure my food that I ate for dinner. Sorry ahead of time. 

9.08.18 Macro’s Log

11:30AM Brunch w/ a friend

  • Bob Evans sunshine skillet
  • Bob Evans biscuits (2)
  • Bob Evans honey (6-8 TBSP)
  • Bob Evans Ketchup

Skillet meal: Calories: 436, Carbs: 38g, Fats: 24g, Protein: 16g

Biscuits: Calories: 479, Carbs: 58g, Fats: 24g, Protein: 8g

Honey: Calories: 258, Carbs: 72g, Fats: 0g, Protein: 0g

6:20PM Dinner

  • White rice with ground pork, chicken, sriracha sauce and thousand lsland dressing & fried eggs

No macros to show for 

Macro’s Log 9.07.18

12AM Meal (Work Snack)

  • Kroger Carb master yogurt (strawberry pomengrate) 
  • Kroger simply classic trailmix (13 pieces)

Yogurt Macros:

  • Calories: 70
  • Carbs: 5g
  • Fats: 1.5g
  • Protein: 9g

Trailmix Macros:

  • Calories: 150
  • Carbs: 14g
  • Fats: 10g
  • Protein: 4g

2AM Meal (Work Lunch)

  • Baked boneless chicken breast (3.69 oz)
  • Mayo (Victors brand) 3-4 packets
  • Kroger thousand Island dressing (2TBSP)
  • Healthy life 100% whole wheat bread (2 slices)
  • Lays baked potato chips (2.0 oz)

Bread Macros: for 2 slices

  • Calories: 70 (for 2 slices)
  • Carbs: 16g
  • Fats: 0.5g
  • Protein: 5g

Baked chicken macros:

  • Calories: 83
  • Carbs: 0g
  • Fats: 2.3g
  • Protein: 16.5g

Dressing Macros:

  • Calories: 90
  • Carbs: 5g
  • Fats: 8g
  • Protein: 0g

Chips Macros:

  • Calories: 110
  • Carbs: 22g
  • Fats: 3.5g
  • Protein: 2g

2:30PM (Snack at home)

  • Kroger creamy peanut butter (2TBSP)

Peanut butter macros:

  • Calories: 270 (1.5 servings)
  • Carbs: 10.5g
  • Fats: 22.5g
  • Protein: 10.5g

5:00PM Dinner

  • white rice with ground pork, baked chicken breast (shredded), fried eggs, sriracha sauce, thousand Island dressing

I did not measure food with scale — wasn’t sure how to go about it, since it was mixed together like a stir-fry

12:00AM Snack before bed

  • Same thing as dinner. This is very rare, doesn’t normally happen at all, I suppose I must have loved the food so much I wanted more, lol 

Macros Log Day One

Nutrition Goals 

Back again for another post, this time it is for my macro’s log. I have finished up the day with all my meals & nutritional data. In the previous post I went over my macro goals for moderate and light activity days and my overall health and fitness goals. At the end, I will post what the macro goal was (light or moderate) and then post my overall calories, protein, carbs and fats compared to goal. I currently use a food scale & MyFitnessPal app to stay on top of things. If you would like to connect with me via the app, feel free! Enjoy!

P.S Mind you, my eating schedule times are odd because I work two jobs & one of the jobs being third shift, so I have to eat at times that I wouldn’t normally on certain days of the week. I do however pack my lunch for work– which helps with my eating habits. If you have ever worked third shift, then you would know how difficult it can be to eat after certain times and the risk of gaining more weight because of it. I usually pack light but filly foods. 

12AM Meal – Snack (during work)

  • Kroger carb master yogurt (raspberry flavor) 
  • Kroger Simply Classic Trailmix (13 pieces) 

Now for starters, I know many people will mention that greek yogurt is a better choice, but I am not a fan of plain greek yogurt unless it is mixed with something else and that all depends on what the something else is, so if anyone has ideas for that, please feel free leave the comments down below. 

Yogurt macros: Calories: 60, Carbs: 4g, Fat: 1.5g, Protein: 8g 

Trailmix macros: Calories: 150, carbs: 14g, Fat: 10g, Protein: 4g

2AM Meal- lunch break (during work)

  • Ramen noodles (no seasoning) with fresh white mushrooms, white onions, fresh spinach, and kroger thousand island dressing
  • baked chicken breast 

1/2 block of ramen noodle: Calories: 170, carbs: 26g, fats: 6g, protein: 4g

2 oz chicken breast: calories: 64, carbs: 0g, fats: 2.8g, protein: 8.8g

2TBSP thousand island dressing (kroger brand): Calories: 90, carbs: 5g, fats: 8g, protein: 0g

5AM Meal – Snack 

  • Kroger carb master yogurt (strawberry pomegrante) 
  • Kroger simply classic trailmix (13 pieces)

Yogurt: Calories: 70, carbs: 5g, fats: 1.5g, protein: 9g

Trailmix: Calories: 150, carbs: 14g, Fat: 10g, Protein: 4g

2PM Meal (lunch/home)

  • Kroger private selection sugar free whole wheat bread (2 slices)
  • Blue bonnet butter: 2 TBSP

bread: Calories: 200 calories ( 2 slices), carbs: 38g, fats: 2g, protein: 8g

Butter: calories: 120, carbs: 0g, fats: 14g, protein: 0g

5PM Meal- Dinner/home 

  • kroger psst long grain white rice, enriched (boiled) 149g 
  • boneless chicken breast (baked): 2.9 oz 
  • Kroger thousand island dressing: 2TBSP
  • kroger frozen broccoli: 99g

rice: Calories: 169, carbs: 36.6g, fats: 0.4g, protein: 3.5g 

Boneless chicken breast: calories: 80, carbs: 0g, Fat: 2.2g, protein: 16.1g

Dressing: Calories: 90, carbs: 5g, fats: 8g, protein: 0g

Broccoli: Calories: 34, carbs: 4.6, fat: 0g, protein: 2.3g

This was a light day of activity, no cardio. 

My results: 

  • Total calories: 1447 (under goal)
  • Total carbs: 152.2g (under goal)
  • Total fats: 66.4g (over goal)
  • Total protein: 67.7g (under goal)

Light activity MACRO goals:

  • Calorie: 1876 
  • Carbs: 220g
  • Protein: 132g
  • Fat: 52g

The butter is what got me on the fats today, which I will need to be more aware of for next time or find and alternative. It is normal for me to be under in protein usually and I am always shocked when I hit underneath my calorie and carbs for the day. I am not perfect this is all trial and error but normally I have a pretty decent routine. Still aiming to drink a gallon of water by the end of tonight.