Its a Wrap!


By Tammy Trail

We started off the month with a celebration of our own fellow contributor, Christina Rich’s release of The Guardian’s Promise. I enjoyed reading her book very much, and look forward to the sequel in July.

All my friends here on “Writing Prompts” had so many great ideas and choices for a healthier lifestyle. Proving that you can try many different avenues and find one that especially works for you. Not only is it important to take care of your physical well-being, but your spiritual health needs exercising as well. God just wants us to strive for our best. I know that I am personally determined to be more conscience of eating better and walking. I have already lost ten pounds and I am concentrating on the next ten pounds, and beyond to a lighter me. I tried a recipe this past month using Quinoa. I had heard many health benefits about this wonder grain, and of course I had to try it.

I love making up my own recipes and this was a hit, even husband and picky kids thought it was good. I made stuffed Green Peppers. I used four peppers, cutting off the tops and slicing them in two; so that you have eight half peppers in a glass baking dish. I prepared the Quinoa to the directions on the box, until I had two cups of cooked Quinoa.

While waiting for the wonder grain to cool. I blanched the half peppers in boiling water for about 20 minutes, and then took them out of the water to cool on paper towels. Then I added diced celery, grated carrots, green onions, sautéed mushrooms, and finely shredded Monterey Jack cheese to the Quinoa. I never measure anything (this drives hubby nuts), so you will just have to do it to taste. I then added salt, pepper, soy sauce and sesame seed oil, and mixed it well. Then line the baking dish with the peppers and stuff with Quinoa mixture. I baked it for about 20 to 30 minutes, and it was very tasty if I do say so myself! If you should try this recipe, please let me know what you think about it. Or, if you tweaked it I would like to know how you made it better. There are so many great foods available that are beneficial to our health. And a simple change in diet can make a huge difference.

Thank you to Carole Brown, Christina Rich, Connie Almony, and Caryl McAdoo for contributing to our 3 Question Wednesday. It’s always nice to stay connected with our writer friends. And don’t miss April as we take a look at natural disasters.