Chili quinoa stuffed peppers

OKAY. This recipe is delicious! And was kind of an accident. But somehow those usually turn out the best.

Start out by chopping the tops off your peppers and cleaning out the insides.

Unfortunately, two of these beauts ended up not being good, so we ended up with four instead of six. Which resulted in me having a bucket load of the stuffing left. Buuuut thats okay in this house. Mama loves leftovers. You can stuff this stuff in tacos, make burrito bowls, eat as it is….the options are endless.

The peps who made the cut.

Place these in a baking dish and throw in the oven for 5-15 minutes, depending how soft you like them. My husband likes them more firm, so I bake them for about 5-6 minutes. I usually prefer them on the softer side, so I’d do 15 minutes for that.

While you’re cutting and cleaning your peppers, cook your burger (if you’re using it) as well as your quinoa. Cook your quinoa per instructions on the bag and brown the burger.

In a large bowl, add beans, corn and tomatoes

Throw in your spices. Does anyone actually measure when cooking?

When burgers browned, toss it on in the bowl with its friends

CHEEEEEEESE. It takes some serious self control to not dump the whole bag in, but you’re gonna want to save some for topping.

Add in quinoa. Which I made waaaaaaay too much of. But like I said, we love leftovers.

Mix it up. Stuff your pre-baked peppers. Put them in the oven for 25 minutes.

After that first bake, throw more cheese on there (which is where you’ll be glad you didn’t use the whole bag) and then pop them back in the oven for 5 minutes.

Finished product and BOYYYYYYY are they as delicious as they are beautiful.

Safe to say dinner was a hit.


  • 6 bell peppers
  • 1lb ground beef (cooked)
  • 2 cups quinoa (cooked)
  • 1 cup corn, drained (unless you freeze your own corn, then leave the juices)
  • 1 can chili ready tomatoes
  • 1 can black beans (drained)
  • 1 can kidney beans (drained)
  • 2 cups Colby jack cheese
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
    1. Cook quinoa according to package
      Brown beef
      Wash and cut the tops off peppers and clean out the insides
      Place peppers in baking dish and bake for 5-15 minutes, depending on desired softness
      Mix black beans, kidney beans, tomatoes, cheese and spices in a large bowl (save some cheese for topping)
      When quinoa and beef is cooked, add to bowl with other ingredients. Mix together.
      Stuff peppers and place back in oven for 25 minutes
      Remove from oven, top with cheese and return to oven for 5 minutes

    ENJOY!!!! If you make this recipe, post it on Instagram and tag me in your photos! I’d love to see your peppers! Because who doesn’t love looking at food pics?! …….hopefully not just me…..

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    4 must have items to survive a 13 hour car ride with a toddler

    This post contains affiliate links to things I’ve personally used and recommend.

    We are freshly back from a glorious trip to Bar Harbor, Maine. I truly left a piece of my heart in that cute town. If you’ve never been to Bar Harbor, start planning your trip now and get yourself there. It’s amazing!

    Anyway, I have an almost two year old, and in this post I’m going to share some tips on how to survive a 13 hour car ride with a toddler and live to tell the tale.

    Now, I do have the preface this by saying my son is a gem. (Unless we’re in a restaurant) He has always been an A+ sleeper and is very laid back with a splash of sass. So, just remember that when I’m sharing my tips….he’s just a chill little dude for the most part, and it is all him. It has nothing to do with my parenting skills – buhhhhlieve me.

    One more thing before I get started. I’m going to link all the stuff I’m recommending and it’s ALLLLLLLLLLL from Amazon. I am madly in love with Amazon. (Isn’t everyone?!?!? or is it just me?? I’m going to go with everyone) So you can easily click my links, add the goodies in your cart and stick them in your saved stuff. I swear my saved list has about 500 items in. I have a problem.

    NOW. Onto the reason your suffering through my rambling…..

    Amazon Fire Kids Edition Tablet

    I really don’t think we would’ve survived the 13 hours in the car, the touristy trips around Bar Harbor or nights in the cabin without this little electronic beauty. They have a few different versions, we got the 8.

    The 8 comes in three colors – yellow, blue or pink. It’s $129.99 or you can split the payments up over 5 months and pay $26.00 a month. I think if you choose that option, you pay the taxes and such with the first payment, but don’t quote me on that.

    It comes with 1 year of Freetime unlimited which is AMAZING. Books and games and all the fun stuff for kiddos, already has a kid proof case on it AND if it breaks within 2 years, THEY’LL REPLACE IT. Ugh. Amazon. You rock my world.

    We loaded a few of his favorite movies on it as well and it was truly a life saver.

    Water Wow books by Melissa and Doug

    These are amazing. The book has colorless picture pages with hidden objects that appear when you use the marker and the marker is filled WITH WATER! (Insert mind blown emoji here)

    There is no mess. No markers. No toxins. No smell. IT IS JUST WATER!

    And when the pages dry, THEY ARE BLANK AGAIN! (Insert five mind blown emojis here)

    They are a great price and a must have for kids. These will be a permenant staple in our diaper bag from now on and I cannot wait to whip them out whenever the need arises.

    That’s literally all I took with him in the car for entertainment and he was thrilled with them, so of course, so was I. But I did take some of our favorite snacks from Happy Baby/Tot. This has been my favorite baby food brand since I started solids. I made my food for the most part, but it was so nice to have a brand I trusted if I ran out or between my food making schedule.

    Happy baby Yogis

    I know it says baby, but these are always in my diaper bag. Minimal mess, healthy, and my kid goes bananas over them. He’d eat a bag a day if I let him.

    Happy Tot pouches

    Now, I don’t know about you, but I am becoming a raging freak about the earth. These plastic pouches hurt my soul and I am so ashamed to be buying them, but LAAAWDY are they so great and convenient. In the car or while waiting for your food at the restaurant, these are great to hand your toddler in a pinch.

    You can also purchase your own pouches to put your own food in, but I like being able to keep these in my diaper bag and not worry about refrigeration.

    That’s literally it. We wouldn’t have survived this trip without these four items.

    Do you have any must have items for road trips? Let me know! I’m always looking for parenting tips and hacks! Especially about making traveling easier.

    This was a quick post but follow me on instagram to stay in the know about future posts! I’ll be posting more about Maine and the beautiful town of Bar Harbor and I also have a girls trip to Massachusetts coming up! Lots of exciting stuff coming to the blog this month.

    Toothache inducing brownies

    I know, I know, we have a couple days yet until it’s September, but I couldn’t wait another day! I feel like that Disney World vacation commercial, ya know, from the VHS days….where the little boy says “I’m too excited to sleep”….well, I’m too excited to wait another day to start The September of all the FRIENDS recipes!

    First up, BROWNIES. Brownies are mentioned more than once throughout the series, but I’m channeling my inner Rachel Green for this one. Even though throughout the show, Rachel is typically known as being a lousy cook, she whips up some brownies at one point.

    “I floss to save lives!” This line, delivered by Phoebe, absolutely kills me. After explaining the deaths of her aunt and her friend, albino Bob, Phoebe tells us why she has such fantastic oral hygiene.

    We get this riveting story after Rachel serves Phoebe, along with Ross and Chandler, her homemade brownies.

    My husband is a brownie enthusiast, so what better way to kick of my September of all the Friends recipes?!

    I browsed Pinterest for a recipe claiming to be the “best brownie”, because as Rachel states, her brownies are homemade. So you can find the recipe here.

    This recipe was so simple and so delicious, I will definitely be adding it to my collection.

    First, you melt the butter on the stove….which I don’t know about you, but I love melted butter. Or butter period. But the smell of melted butter….”insert Homer Simpson drool gif here”

    Then, once the butter is melted, you add your sugars, vanilla and eggs.

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh it’s getting even better.

    Then you add your dry ingredients and whip it, whip it reeeeal good.

    Can I eat it now? Ughhhh. And at this point is smells so dang good.

    The recipe called for chocolate chips, all I had was chunks. Same difference.

    Poor the delicious goo into your pan (I prefer this kind of pan because hellooooooooo all the corner pieces)

    Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

    So quick, so easy, so delicious. Let these babies cool, put them on a plate, and turn on The One with the Giant Poking Device, Season 3, Episode 8.

    Just make sure you floss afterwards πŸ˜‰

    P.S. Let the brownies cool before trying to pry them out of the pan….not speaking from experience or anything…..

    The September with all the FRIENDS recipes

    This September marks the 25th anniversary of the TV show, Friends, and I am here to go all out for it!

    I am just out here LIVING for all the events and merchandise popping up in celebration of this cult favorite series.

    Now, personally, I have been watching friends as long as I can remember. My mother was a fan, we owned the DVDs, watched the finale the date it aired, and have seen every episode approximately 30 times since then. Calling myself a super fan is an understatement. But with friends being on Netflix, there is a whole slew of people enjoying this show, some who had never watched it before it shows up on the streaming network, and I am thrilled with the result of all the merchandise everywhere!

    It’s in stores like Walmart and target, next month Alex and ani have bangles coming out and of course the pop-up in New York which I CANNOT WAIT for!

    Soooooo, to keep the celebration alive all month long over here at my house, I’m going to be recreating recipes featured throughout the series, and sharing them here! And I am way too excited about it!

    We’re going to be cooking up Chandlers favorite mac and cheese, whipping up the Joey special featuring some pizzas the group ate, Pheobe’s amazing oatmeal cookies (but don’t tell the other cookies, it’s not fair to them) and many, many more yummy things.

    I am pumped for you to join me in this delicious journey and cannot wait to get started!

    What is your favorite food featured on the show? And have you ever tried to recreate it?

    Getting Your Premium Starter Kit

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    Hospital Bag: What I would’ve packed if I had actually packed one

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    Hospital bags. Responsible mothers have one packed well in advance, appropriately placed by the front door for easy access, and filled with all the necessary things for a hospital stay.

    Not me.

    39 weeks pregnant. No hospital bag packed. I kept telling everyone I was going to pack it, but it never happened. Guess who went to the hospital at 39 weeks, had to be induced and had no hospital bag packed. Me. Sooooo, let me tell you what you absolutely need in your hospital bag, since I had nothing with me, not even a phone charger.

    1. Sleep Bras

    FIRST and foremost, SLEEP NURSING BRAS. From kindred bravely. Ugh, all the heart eyes for theses bad boys. My friend brought me one to the hospital and she saved my life….she actually brought me most of the things on this list because she is my angel on earth.

    2. Breast pads because leaking. ALL THE LEAKING.


    3. Phone Charger

    You definitely need a phone charger, and a long one! Unless you know that you’re going to conveniently have an outlet right next to your hospital bed, you’re going to need a super long charger.

    4. Flip flops

    Good, old reliable, Old Navy flips flops or whatever you’ve got lying around the house will do. You’re going to want them for the hospital shower.

    5. Nipple cream

    This is something I did not have and I used the teeny, tiny sample bottle they gave me at the hospital. (LIFE SAVER!) Between the Lansinoh cream and using breast milk, it kept the nips from screamin’ too much.

    6. Toiletries

    DEODORANT! Not that you’ll really care what you smell like, because you just brought a human into the world, your hormones are raging and if you’re anything like me, you’ll be crying a lot, but your guests might care if your offensive body odor is too potent.

    Also, things like shampoo and conditioner, body wash, a comb, a towel, washcloth.

    7. LIP BALM!

     My favorite is Young Living’s Lavender lip balm, or the vanilla mint, which you can only get in the Holiday kit. Soooo good and doesn’t have any gross ingredients in it.

    That is really all I needed, but keep in mind I spent A LOT of time crying and/or snuggling my fresh baby.

    What would be on your must have list?? Let me know in the comments!

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