WOW! 2 or 3 days after I started back on the right track, including sleeping better with a little help from my "little friend", I actually woke up with energy and less pain!
I worked 2 days in a row this week, and yesterday after work, I was very sore and tired. (I forgot about poor little Valerian, so I didn't wake up energized) So, last night I took a Valerian capsule, hoping to not be as sleepy today, and I actually have some energy! (After sleeping 11 hours. Apparently, I was more tired than I thought) I can't remember the last time I had this much energy, especially after working hard the last 2 days!
I can actually get the laundry done, maybe cook and clean a little.....
Ok, that's enough celebrating.
So, the stuffed peppers turned out DELICIOUS!!!
Everybody loved them, including my 8 year old, who btw, LOVES to eat fresh peppers, as long as they are not hot.
But these were roasted al dente. My only regret is that I had to use white rice instead of brown. (NEED to go to the Asian Market SOON) I used a block of firm tofu that I had in the freezer to combine with the ground lean pork. When you are feeding 5 people on a small budget, you need to make the meat go farther. PLUS, it helps cut back on calories and UPS the protein big time!
This leads me to my favorite new trick for healthy eating, particularly more fruits and veggies. THE FREEZER!!!
Kroger has a markdown section for fruits & veggies, so it's sometimes easy to stock up on the cheap. The downside is, the reason they mark this stuff down is because most of it is overripe. Soooooo, we have been bringing to the stuff home, washing it and sticking it in the freezer in zipper or freezer bags. THEN, we can pull it out a little at a time and have it to eat. This worked great for my tofu and some tomatoes that were too overripe to eat fresh. I was able to get a couple out and chop them up for my stuffed pepper filling.
My daughter loves to heat up a little frozen fruit, ( she adds sugar) and use it in place of syrup on her pancakes and things like that. I've done this myself and it's a great, healthy alternative to syrup and depending on the price of the fruit, it saves money too!
The second trick I discovered yesterday for sweets: portion control is easier when the item has been pre-portioned. I am definitely a fan of this method and WILL be using it in the future. A small portion of something sweet still satisfies my craving and is WAY less calories and fat and all that jazz.