Stuffed bell peppers

I got to see the sunrise this morning.


While I’m not a morning person in the least –I usually wake up around 6:45 or 7, but don’t turn into a human until at least 8- it was surprising to discover that I actually liked waking up so early today. I’m not going to make it a habit or anything, though 😉 I had the 6:30am weight room shift at work, which I’ve only had once before, and it wasn’t that bad at all.

Maybe it was my supreme inner happiness from finding a new bread love.


A few people have recommended this bread to me, and I might even say that it’s a new favorite. The texture is similar to millet bread (dense and chewy), but the taste is richer, like a hearty whole-wheat or rye. This makes me very happy because I love wheaty, dark breads, and all of the gluten-free varieties I’ve tried have been more like white bread, which I’ve never been a huge fan of.


Egg sandwich with salsa, yogurt and an apple

Leftover tempeh bacon, black rice bread, egg and nutritional yeast


with a side of notes from the conference call.

As tempted as I was to use the bread for last night’s on-the-go dinner –we always eat on the way to Tuesday night classes- but decided to step it up a little from a usual sandwich and made stuffed bell peppers instead.

Stuffed Bell Peppers

bell peppers

[Might have to replace this pic when I make a pretty plated version]

These were extremely easy to make and SO delicious. The Pilot loved them, too.

First I pre-heated the broiler,

the steamed two cleaned bell peppers (seeds removed), cut-side down in the microwave. 6 minutes in a little bit of water:

bell peppers (2)

Next, I sautéed some shallot, onion, and garlic in a little olive oil, added some spicy organic turkey sausage (tempeh or chopped portobello mushrooms would work well, too) and chopped fresh tomatoes.


After about 10 minutes, stirred in some cooked brown rice, oregano, sea salt, and shredded goat gouda.

 cheezy rice

Stuffed the peppers, topped with more shredded cheese and broiled for 2 minutes:

bell peppeds

Easy. Fantastic. A little messy to eat in the car, but we were ok with that. For the Pilot, I just added extra cheese and placed his pepper (whoa! haha) on top of the extra pepper filling.

Tonight is another on-the-go dinner, since we have another class in a little while.

But first, we’re going to take this little lady for a walk:

pilot and bell

Have a great night and I’ll see ya later! <3



CONGRATS to the Shape prize pack giveaway winner:


Please send me your shipping address to fitnessista at gmail dot com, so we can get your goodies on the way <3

Thank you so much to everyone for entering and sharing your holiday tips! I’ve loved reading them, and it will be a great list to refer back to as the holiday season continues.

Something to read:

My guest post at Edible Perspective [5 favorite ingredients and workout moves]

Ab exercises for fall and winter [the best way to get a six-pack? clean eats and a solid cardio routine]

Portion control on-the-go

Can mushrooms helps the immune system fight cancer?

The healthy benefits of ZUMBA! [Three hip shakes for that]

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  1. Amanda on November 2, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Hi Gina!
    I’ve noticed that you don’t normally have any greek yogurt (such as Chobani) and was wondering what your thoughts were on it. I know it definitely fills me up – but I checked out the ingredients and there’s quite a few things in the Chobani that I’m not too positive about.
    Thanks!! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on November 2, 2011 at 8:31 pm

      there are weird things in my goat’s milk yogurt, too, but i really like it 🙂 if you like the chobani and it works for you, i’d say stick with it- they have a plain version, too, which has more natural ingredients

      • Fitnessista on November 2, 2011 at 8:37 pm

        you could always add in your own fresh fruit to the plain version and some honey or stevia to flavor it on your own

  2. Army Amy* on November 2, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    You have such pretty handwriting! And your notes look so organized! When I take notes, there are arrows, scratch outs, underlines, and doodles galore!*

  3. Leslie Wingate on November 2, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Ohhhhh, I love me some stuffed bell peppers, but hubby hates them. I still might have to do this!

  4. Allison on November 2, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    stuffed peppers rock, awhile back i did peppers stuffed with mexican rice. Yum!!

  5. Krystina (Organically Me) on November 2, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Bahahaha “placed his pepper” 😉

  6. Annelle on November 2, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Those peppers look amazing! I love making stuffed peppers, so many crazy ways to stuff those little guys 😉

  7. elizabeth on November 2, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Hi Gina,

    Can you recommend where I could find some good HIIT workouts that require no cardio equipment. The only things I have are light hand weights and bands.

    I am not sure how to put it all together.



  8. kathleen @ the daily crumb on November 2, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    loved your guest post at edible perspective!

    i have heard good things about that bread as well. the peppers look delish!

  9. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on November 2, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Ohh those peppers look so good! I should not be reading food blogs hungry! ;p

  10. Ali on November 2, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Stuffed peppers are such an awesome idea! I will have to make a vegan version for My Love and Baby Sister some time soon. I love getting up early too, it is so calm and peaceful.

  11. sandy on November 2, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    oh I am so trying that black rice bread! thanks! getting tired of the brown rice one which i’ve been eating for years. is it at Whole Foods?

  12. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on November 2, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Your stuffed peppers look great and glad you found a bread you like…and I saw your guestie on Ashley’s site last nite…nice to see you over there 🙂

  13. kaila@ healthy helper blog! on November 2, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    I’ve seen that bread!! It sounds delicious! i am always up for trying a new grain! Just a quick q: if millet bread whole grain?

  14. Emily on November 2, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Better get used to that sunrise with a baby on the way:) I’m naturally a morning person, but that definitely means I like to hit the hay by 10 p.m.
    I’m gluten free too, I’ve yet to find a bread I love. Looking forward to trying that kind!

  15. Ali @ Peaches and Football on November 2, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    As a kid I was never a fan of stuffed peppers but I want to give them another try. Maybe I just needed a better ratio of fillings to pepper?

  16. Stephanie on November 2, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    Thanks for the great links, Gina. I love the idea of writing the alphabet with your legs for an ab exercise – that will be a great commercial break move 🙂 And the article about the health benefits of mushrooms was fascinating!

  17. Kiran @ on November 3, 2011 at 2:23 am

    Mmmm.. I love stuffed peppers. Gotta make some soon. I had it for the very first time in Amsterdam a few years ago – delish 🙂

  18. I love black rice bread! I don’t have a gluten sensitivity, but sometimes I still prefer it to regular bread. The richer flavor and dense texture are what get me, too.
    The stuffed peppers recipe looks delicious! I’ve made something similar to it before, except it was stuffed inside a tomato. 🙂

  19. Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats on November 3, 2011 at 5:01 am

    The peppers sound phenomenal! 🙂 This is going on the “to make” list!

  20. Natalcho @ Tomatoes Rock on November 3, 2011 at 5:07 am

    Oh wow – I just looked at the Zumba article and found out it is a serious calorie burner. Good news since I already love Zumba! Going to a class tonight:)

    • Fitnessista on November 3, 2011 at 11:19 am

      zumba burns insane calories- more than i do when i’m running!

  21. tanya on November 3, 2011 at 6:54 am

    Gina, thanks for sharing the recipe! Making it in my kitchen in Kyrgyzstan where I’m based for work.

  22. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on November 3, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Haha I’m almost always up before the sun rises. I like that it’s so peaceful at that time!

    I love stuffed peppers but I haven’t made them since the summer. I think I might make some tonight!

  23. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat on November 3, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Make your easy Mexican rice last night and loved it! I’ll never go back to the microwave kind. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on November 3, 2011 at 11:18 am

      yayyyy! glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  24. Tina on November 3, 2011 at 10:23 am

    That is my favorite bread ever! For some reason i haven’t seen it in stores in the pasg several months though. I thought they had discontinued it. I’ll have tolook for it again!

    • Fitnessista on November 3, 2011 at 11:18 am

      i can’t believe i waited until now to try it! so good

  25. Destini on November 3, 2011 at 10:44 am

    I think Bella knows that your talking about taking her for a walk, shes all happy and anticipating lol. Dogs are so funny.

    Those stuffed peppers look AWESOME. I will have to give them a try.

  26. Lana on November 3, 2011 at 11:43 am

    I couldn’t help but notice “how to stop late night snacking” was a note from your conference call. This has always been my downfall! I do great all day, only to fall prey to night time snacking. I’d love some tips on this topic! Have you covered this in a previous post by chance?

    • Fitnessista on November 3, 2011 at 12:17 pm

      i haven’t- but the tips she gave earlier were pretty much the same for that. if you eat a filling breakfast and lunch, with snacks high in protein and fiber, you won’t be as hungry at night or tempted to snack. if you do get snack-y, try some berries with almonds, cheese, or an egg 🙂

  27. Anna @ The Guiltless Life on November 3, 2011 at 11:54 am

    I am not a morning person either but sunrises are beautiful!

  28. Elisa Franco on November 4, 2011 at 8:59 am

    I want to believe that I am an on-the-go girl. I love waking up early, before the sun rises and sweat it off by walking. We have something in common girl, glad I arrived in this blog.

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