Sunday, February 28, 2010

Stuffed Bell Peppers

Protein, Vitamin C, and Yumness Galore!

Serves 5


1 Cup Brown Rice
2 Cups Water
5 Med-Large Multi-colored Bell peppers
(I like to find peppers that can stand up pretty well, so they don't fall over while cooking).
1 Block Extra Firm Organic Tofu
(You can substitute a can of Black or Pinto Beans, drained and rinsed, if you don't eat tofu).
1/4 Medium Onion Finely Chopped
1 Small Poblano Pepper Finely Chopped
1 Clove of Garlic Minced
1 Can Diced Tomatoes Drained
1 Cup Shredded Lowfat Mexican Cheese Blend
1 Tbsp. Olive Oil for sauteing
1 Tsp. Chili Powder
1 Tsp. Mexican Seasoning
1/2 Tsp. Spike Seasoning
Salt & Pepper to Taste

Combine the rice and water with a dash of salt in a medium sized pan. Bring to a boil, then reduce to low heat. Simmer for 40 minutes or until the rice is tender, adding more water if necessary.

While the rice is cooking heat the olive oil in a large skillet to medium heat. Add the diced onion, garlic and poblano. Cut the tofu into small cubes and add it along with the Spike to the mixture. Stir frequently to ensure that the tofu gets crispy on all sides. Cook until the tofu is golden brown.
If you are choosing to use beans instead, cook the onion, pepper, garlic mixture, but do not add the beans. Cook until the onions begin to turn a golden color.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked rice, drained tomatoes, chili powder, Mexican seasoning, cheese, and tofu/veggie mixture. If you are using beans instead of tofu add them now as well. stir gently until mixed well. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Cut the tops off of the peppers and seed them. Stuff the peppers full of the mixture and bake at 350 until brown on top. If you like, you can add some extra cheese overtop of the peppers while baking.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Chai Tea or Latte

I like coffee, I like tea, I love the chai and chai, it loves me...

Serves 3


1 Tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 Tsp. Ground Clove
1/8 Tsp. Dried Ground or 1 Nickle Sized Slice Fresh Ginger
(You can add more if you like, Ginger isn't my favorite, so I go easy on it.)
4 Peppercorns
2 Cardamom Pods Cracked
1/8 Cup of Cream or milk or milk substitute. I like almond, hemp or rice milk.
3 Tbsp. Cup of Tea (Chai Tea) or Coffee (Chai Late). For decaf, try using red tea.
1 Liter of water
Honey, Sugar or Agave Nectar to taste
(I like mine a little sweet. For the whole batch I usually stir in an overflowing tablespoon.)

A French press is the easiest and least messy way to go, but if you don't have one, it's still easy to make this yummy drink on the stove. If you are using the stove top, toast the spices over medium heat, before adding the water to make the chai extra tasty.

French Press: Toss all of the spices as well as the tea or coffee into your French press. Bring 1 liter of water to a boil and pour it in. Let the mixture steep for 10 minutes before depressing the plunger. Pour into a mug (or mugs if you are nice enough to share) until almost full, add creamer and sweetener and enjoy!

Stove top: In a hot medium sized pot, toast all of the spices over medium heat for about a minute. Add the tea or coffee and 1 liter of water. Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce to low heat. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Pour the chai through a mesh strainer into a mug until almost full. Add the creamer and sweetener and enjoy!