So, I finished the entire series of The Office. For those of you who already know, or who don’t need a spoiler alert, stay or you should go, (to answer the endless question asked by The Clash ): Jim realizes he must put Pam first again and they are happy forever, Dwight swerves in front of Angela’s car and yells he loves her, finally, into a microphone and they get married at Schrute Farm. Nard-dog becomes famous through a viral Youtube video and Michael Scoot makes a guest appearance in the finale. YAS QUEEN.
Now, I feel I have no use for TV, nothing satisfies me as The Office once did. I even considered watching the series over again, in case I missed anything funny. No Kenzie. Now I must use my time after work wisely…to blog more frequently, or actually go for a run, or something…(Taco seasoning and onion not pictured.)
This past weekend, Rielly came up to visit and, as she worded it, the weekend was filled with “indulgence and gluttony.” Too much beer, too much food, so much laughing, and yet we managed to climb, what I think was, the Monadnock Pack summit at Miller State Park, a 1.4 mile treachery that almost had us on our hands and knees in the mud. But it was worth it at the top, and she agreed, as we inhaled the Granite State spring air, looking out at the Boston skyline in the distance on one side, Mount Monadnock on the other, shoes soaked in mud, eating Cheetos at a picnic table with a gorgeous dog named Chatum, achieving a sunburn to our faces and chests. And so now, as the week begins, so does my goal to eat healthy and spend less money so I can fit into an imaginary graduation dress in 3.freaking.weeks. It’s somewhere out there, a dream dress, hanging on a rack longing for my touch, only to be hidden by a long black gown.
Whenever people ask me what my favorite thing to cook is, I say stuffed peppers. You can mix up the ingredients everyday, and they are always so colorful. It’s like a party in a pepper. A party with the tastiest guests; sausage or ground beef, Spanish rice, onions, garlic, black beans, corn or couscous or quinoa or freaking spaghetti or cereal, who cares.
I was sitting at work on this dull, rainy Monday craving tacos, but also stumbled upon this stuffed peppers recipe from Emerging Adult Eats who I have become completely blown away by. Love your recipes, girl! Her blog is filled with delicious recipes and quirky comments, and inspiring risotto recipes that I am dying to try. But, here is one recipe adapted from her Stuffed Peppers recipe with taco seasoning. I added in diced tomatoes, and pepper guts to the mix.
3 jumbo peppers, halved (keep the extra from the top, chopped) 1/2 a sweet onion, chopped 1 lb. ground turkey 1 can black beans 1 cup Trader Joes frozen roasted corn 1 can diced tomatoes 1/2 tbs. garlic powder Taco seasoning packet S&p to taste Preheat oven to 350. Lay the halved pepper cups in a baking tray and sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake in the oven for fifteen minutes. While in the oven, heat a large, deep pan with olive oil. Add onions and peppers guts and let simmer until softened. Add ground turkey, let cook. Add black beans, corn, diced tomatoes with juice, onion powder and taco seasoning packet. Let simmer for a few minutes, and then add mixture to cooled off pepper cups. Sprinkle with grated sharp cheddar cheese and boil in the oven for an additional 15 minutes or until cheese is gooey and tantalizing. Sided with arugula and cherry tomatoes under balsamic vinaigrette.
Made while trying to relax with a gnarley Spotfiy playlist, but instead the can opener decided to break, tomato juice went everywhere, the turkey didn’t want to cook, and I was simultaneously making deviled eggs and missing phone calls. At last, I double up on peppers, added a side salad and summer shandy and Facetimed mom and dad.
Blake Shelton watching me chop onion.
Recipe inspired by http://emergingadulteats.com/2014/10/24/stuffed-peppers/