Turkey Stuffed Bell Peppers

2 lb lean chopped turkey meat

1 garlic, minced

1 cup chopped button mushrooms

1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro or parsley

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp cumin powder

Sea salt to taste

2 green bell peppers, washed

1 cup fat free chicken broth

1/4 cup tomato sauce

1 cup finely chopped cauliflower ( like rice)

Olive oil spray

Heat oven to 400°. Spray a little olive oil spray in a medium size saute pan and heat on a medium flame. Add Mushrooms, garlic and cilantro to the pan. Saute about 2 minutes and add ground turkey. Season with sea salt and black pepper, and cumin and brown meat for several minutes until meat is completely cooked through. Add 1/4 cup of tomato sauce and 1/2 cup of chicken broth, mix well and simmer on low for about 5 minutes. Combine cauliflower “rice” and meat together.

Cut the bell peppers in half lengthwise, and remove all seeds. Place in a baking dish. Spoon the meat mixture into each pepper half and fill it very full and heaping over. Place all stuffed pepper halves on the baking dish and pour the remainder of the chicken broth on the bottom of the pan. Cover tight with aluminum foil and bake for about 35 minutes.

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Are you taking your vitamins and minerals?

On the Ideal Protein diet, multivitamins, calcium magnesium, and potassium calcium are required.  As days go by sometimes people get a little lazy, or forgetful, or just irregular about taking them.  Understanding why you need them might help. 

On any calorie restricted diet, dieters may miss out on nutrients simply because they are eating less food.  That is true of the Ideal Protein diet.  Also consider that whole groups of food are missing from the diet as well.  Without dairy products, there can be a deficiency in calcium; and fruits, grains and starchy vegetables, which are a rich source of potassium and calcium are also missing. 

If you haven’t been regular about taking your vitamins and minerals, getting back on track is important.  Keep your bottles out in plain sight near where you eat, so you will remember.  Keeping a food journal is another way to remind yourself to be consistent.