Loaded Taco Stuffed Pepper

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Loaded Taco Stuffed Pepper…A low carb spin on tacos.  Ditch the shell or tortilla and go low carb substituting peppers instead.

Ingredients:

2 Lbs Lean Ground Beef

2 Packets of Taco Seasoning

Cheddar Cheese

4-6 Large Bell Peppers

Sour Cream (or up the protein with plain Greek Yogurt)

Brown the lean brown beef.  Drain any fat, of course  you are using LEAN beef so there should not be much to drain.  Add the taco seasoning and water per packet instructions.  Return to low heat and allow to simmer.  Remove from heat.  Wash peppers and core removing the seeds.  Stuff peppers with cheddar cheese, taco meat, sour cream and your favorite condiments.  Dunzo!

Crock Pot Italian Sausage and Peppers

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Crock pots make life easy.  Load up your meat, vegetables, and any other ingredients.  Turn on and let it cook all day while at work or ushering kids around.  Crock pot Italian sausage, peppers, and tomato sauce.  The best part is it is ready and warm when are you are ready to eat!

Ingredients:

2 Lbs Italian Sausage

4 Peppers (1 Green, 1 Red, 1 Yellow, and 1 Orange…hey that is what came in the package)

1 Jar of Spaghetti Sauce

Parmesan Cheese

Mozzarella Cheese

Wash the peppers, core, remove seeds, slice and dice.  Put peppers, sausage, and sauce in crock pot.  Set on low for 5-6 hours.  Go to work, run errands, or just plain live life.  Come back in 5-6 hours and your meal is ready.  Top with parmesan and or mozzarella.  Dunzo!

Double Potato Egg Bake

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Double potato egg bake with two types of potatoes, onions, and peppers.  Egg bakes are a great way to make breakfast for a few day via leftovers at one time.  Great to do on Saturday or Sunday morning.

Ingredients:

13 Eggs

1 Red Pepper

1 Vidalia Onion

2 TBS Butter

8 oz Sweet Potato

6 oz Fingerling Potatoes

1 Cup of Cheddar Cheese

Crack eggs and put in mixing bowl.  Whip or mix the eggs…same thing you would do if making scrambled eggs.  Wash, core, remove seeds, slice, and dice the pepper.  Saute pepper and onion in 1 TBS of butter.  Wash all potatoes, microwave potatoes.  Slice potatoes in thin strips.  Coat oven safe baking dish or cast iron frying pan.  Layer the potato slices on the bottom of the pan.  Place onions and peppers on top of the potatoes.  Pour eggs on top.  Top with cheese.  Back at 350F for 25-35 minutes.  Dunzo!

Foldit Left Over Chicken and Pepper Pizza

Foldit Left Over Chicken and Pepper Pizza.  There are some many variations of high protein pizza using Foldit’s and Flat outs.  This is just one more using left over crock pot chicken and peppers.

Ingredients:

Left Over Chicken

4 Foldits

Left Over Multi Color Peppers (saute until soft if you don’t have left overs)

Preheat oven to 320-350F.  Place Foldit on pizza stone.  Stop with left over chicken, peppers and cheese.  Cook for 10-15 minutes.  Dunzo!

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High Protein Waffle Cakes

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High Protein waffle cakes.  Kids love these.  Combine some regular pancake mix with and egg and protein powder.  Better yet make a few dozen and freeze them to eat later.  This is not only less expensive but you can control what is in your kids breakfast.  Simple take from the freezer, drop in the toaster and eat.

Ingredients:

2-4 Scoops of Protein Powder

1 Egg

1/2-1 Cup of Pancake Mix

8-12 oz Water

Combine all ingredients in gravy or protein shaker.  The blender bottle works fabulous for this.  A thick consistency is desired.   Pour into waffle iron and Dunzo!

Are Your Supplements Really Doing Anything?

Supplements today are a rather hot topic. Everyone seems to be taking them and swears that the brand they’re taking is the best thing since sliced bread, when in reality most of what they experience is a result of the placebo effect. The supplement industry is a multi-billion dollar industry that feeds off of modern society’s obsession with vanity and the desire to look like “insert famous person here.” So before you go and dump hundreds of dollars into your local supplement store, it may be worth your time to ask whether or not the desired “fat burning this” or “muscle building that” is actually going to deliver what’s promised on the label.
For starters, the majority of supplement companies are primarily in the business of marketing, not nutrition. At the end of the day their bottom line is what’s important. Ever hear the expression “buy low, sell high”? Most products are designed to sell for the most money possible, while at the same time minimizing the costs to the producer to the greatest extent possible. This is done at the expense of using quality ingredients and in the proper amounts. A great example of this is “nitrogen spiking” protein powders which I discuss in a previous article.
Now I’m not saying that there aren’t any supplements that work. Quality supplements in conjunction with proper nutrition can help you achieve better results in a shorter amount of time, the only problem is that quality supplements among today’s brands are few and far in-between and typically come with a much higher cost than what you were probably expecting. That old adage “you get what you pay for” has never been more accurate in this case. We also need to remember that supplements are not drugs. They will not provide instant gratification like a drug and will not give you the body of your dreams in the short time frame of a month or less. Your fitness idol’s physique is the result of years of proper nutrition, training, and discipline (assuming they are truly natural).
Another reason people will typically “buy into” a supplement is because the public figure or celebrity they idolize recommends or sponsors them. This is the biggest grab for young men ages 18-25. People will purchase the products their idol uses in the hopes of emulating that specific physique, without knowing that the vast majority of these shredded fitness models are using low doses of anabolic steroids to attain their physique. This is highly misleading and isn’t very ethical, but that’s a discussion without an end.
At the end of the day, there is no replacement for proper nutrition. People have attained incredible physiques and won competitions without supplements in the past. If you’re not eating in way that is conducive to building muscle and burning fat, all of the supplements in the world won’t make a difference.