Stuffed Pepper Soup

YUMMY Clean Eating Stuffed Pepper SoupI used to think I didn’t like Stuffed Pepper Soup….what was I thinking?!?! This seriously tastes like Spaghetti Sauce but it’s a full complete meal. It’s a great way to get a ton of extra veggies without realizing it, and you can use quinoa OR brown rice!

I’m weird, I will eat soup ANY time of year! Anyone else like that? PS this recipe makes a TON, so freeze extra for a busy day!

STUFFED PEPPER SOUP
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes Serves: 10, about 2 cups each
21 Day Fix Container Equivalent: 1 red, 1 green, 1/2 yellow

INGREDIENTS:
2 lbs lean ground beef or turkey
3 bell peppers, chopped
1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 29 oz. can tomato sauce
1 29 oz. can diced tomatoes
2 cups beef broth OR 2 cubes beef bouillon with 2 cups water
2 Tbsp honey
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
3 Tbsp Italian seasoning
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 cups cooked brown rice or quinoa

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a Dutch oven, brown beef over medium high heat. Drain off any fat.
  2. Add peppers, onion and garlic to the browned meat and sauté for 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes with juice, beef broth or bouillon/water, honey, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce.
  4. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 30-45 minutes.
  5. Stir in rice and Italian seasoning,
  6. Gets better as it sits, freezes really well!

Adapted from http://www.allrecipes.com

Homemade Kids’ Squeeze Pouches

Healthier Homemade Kids Squeeze Pouches...only 4 ingredients!

I LOVE the convenience of the little fruit & veggie pouches they make for kids these days! You can’t beat the portability of throwing one in your purse/diaper bag, OR the ability to get some extra veggies in their diet : )

But even on sale, they are EXPENSIVE! And if you check out the nutrition label they typically have NO nutritional value (fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals, etc.)  So you’re paying a pretty penny for nothing!

I found these cool reusable pouches online that let you make them at home for much cheaper, with a WAY healthier outcome!
-Hidden ziplock-style opening at the bottom for refilling
-Freezer safe (so you can pop them out and defrost as needed)
-Dishwasher safe

This is my favorite recipe, it requires NO COOKING!
1 24oz jar unsweetened applesauce
1 cup chopped raw butternut squash or sweet potato
1 cup spinach
1 tsp cinnamon

Add the ingredients (in order) into a high speed blender; blend until pureed, then fill the pouches and store them in the freezer if you don’t go through them all within a few days.

What’s your child’s favorite pouch type/flavor??