Red Bell Peppers Stuffed With Quinoa

Today I made red bell peppers stuffed with quinoa and feta cheese. This is the first time I make quinoa and I to tell you the truth it came out terrific. I saw this recipe online and it called for rice but I decided to use quinoa since it has more nutricional value.

The ingredients I used were: 3 red bell peppers, prewashed quinoa, half an onion (white), half a tomato, salt, pepper, half a cup of feta cheese, dry basel.

First I cooked the quinoa. Quinoa is made just like rice (if you use 1 cup of quinoa you need to boil 2 cups of water). I bought prewashed quinoa from the local supermarket, and this quinoa was also lightly seasoned which was a plus. I boiled 2 cups of water, then added 1 cup of quinoa and stirred it a little in the water, the heat was put on medium low for about 14 minutes. Watch that the quinoa doesn’t burn. When the water has dried the quinoa should be ready. If you don’t get seasoned quinoa you need to add salt to the water.

Next I washed the red bell peppers and cut them in half lengthwise and proceeded to put them in the oven ( preheated to 400 F) for about 25 minutes.

While the peppers are in the oven, I put a large skillet on medium heat with some olive oil. I added the sliced onion, 1 tsp of dry oregano, 1 tsp of salt, a pinch of black pepper and cooked it for 3 minutes. Then I added the diced tomato and let it cook for another 3 minutes. After the 3 minutes I stirred in the quinoa until the it was heated through.

Next I removed the skillet from the heat and I added the feta cheese and stirred. When the peppers were roasted I stuffed them with the mix and put the peppers back in the oven for another 5 minutes and vuala!!

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Arugula Salad with Tofu

I made this for lunch today. It’s a pretty easy recipe and most importantly it is healthy. I’m gonna get this off my chest put tofu by itself tastes horrible, I really don’t know how some people can manage to eat it raw but ¬†everyones taste buds are different.

The first thing I did was press the tofu to take all the water out. Most tofu you find comes in water and it’s important to press all the water out, if you don’t do this the tofu won’t soak up any seasonings you use one it. I took the tofu out of the package and laid it on a clean towel, I covered the tofu with the other half of towel a gently pressed it for a while. You will notice all the water coming out.

Next I chopped the tofu in squares and seasoned them with salt and pepper. To cook them I used a medium sized skillet on medium heat. I added a bit of canola oil and some sesame oil. Sesame oil has a strong flavor to it, you can’t use too much.

After the oil is hot I added in the tofu. What you want to see is the tofu getting a brown color, that color means it is getting texture and that’s good. After about 3 minutes I turned the tofu over, at this point I added reduced sodium soy sauce on to the skillet. I splashed all the tofu with the soy sauce. I also added sesame seeds after the soy sauce and cooked for about 5 more minutes. That is it for the tofu.

For the salad I bought arugula, tomatoes and parmesean cheese. I washed the arugula and cut some of the stems out. Next I washed the tomatoes and sliced them.

On a plate I placed a little mountain of arugula and ontop of that added the sliced tomato, salt, olive oil and cheese. The cooked tofu went on top of the salad.

Like I said this is a pretty easy and tasty recipe for all vegetarians (Lacto Ovo vegeterian because of the cheese jaja)out there.

First blog EVER

I don’t really know where to start, but I guess I can tell you guys a little about me. I’m a 26 year old male living somewhere in the world, I consider myself confident, smart, outgoing and a little boring for my age (I’ll explain later). I graduated from medical school last year, I’m a licensed general physician and I aspire to be a surgeon in the future.

I have been a vegetarian for a week now. It might sound weird or immature but I kinda decided to be vegetarian for a girl. I mean who doesn’t do stupid things for girls, but this is actually something really smart. As someone who has some knowledge of medicine (a doctor never knows EVERYTHING about medicine) I know how chemicals in processed meat really kills you at the end of the day. And for people who don’t know what I’m talking about the word is cancer. One of the worst catastrophic diseases that exist.

For the past week I’ve been reading a lot about meat, the meat industry etc. I’ve seen really horrible videos of how animals are killed. I’ve even read that companies can control how big a hen’s egg can get, they can control color with chemicals too. So for these reasons I think I will stick with this diet.

I’m an amateur runner. I run 3o to 40 miles per week whenever I can. I consider myself a fit person, I watch what I eat and I have never been this skinny (170 pounds I’m 5’10). So the new vegetarian diet¬†hasn’t been that tough, but that doesn’t mean I don’t get cravings. I’ve read that these can get worse or better but who knows.

One more thing, I picked a bad time to change my diet… Every day there is a feast in my house, lots of food, lots of meat. And I have to cook my food!! My parents support me fully, they are divorced but that is a topic for another time.

Well this is goodbye for now, I wish everyone a happy new years, set goals and stick by them. Everything is possible if you have determination.