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Stuffed Zucchini Boats Recipe

Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Earlier this year the hubs and I did the Daniel’s Fast, for both spiritual and health reasons. And we discovered that eating healthy wasn’t as boring as we had imagined. So in an effort to maintain, a somewhat, healthier lifestyle we have incorporated more veggies into our everyday meals. Basically, we stick to veggies throughout the week and add meat on the weekend…while still trying to eat healthy. I of course, have an overwhelmingly, powerful sweet tooth and have back-slid something terrible, but that’s another story for another day…lol.

While on the fast, the hubs was really creative with coming up with new dishes for us to try but since then I have resumed my duty of planning and preparing most of the weekly meals. And I try to keep it healthy, despite the overwhelming desire of wanting to eat cake everyday, Needless to say dinner was getting a little boring and I wanted to try something new.

I had just bought zucchini from Aldi (one of my fav stores), so I headed to Pinterest for a little inspiration. There were several that recipes for zucchini as a side but I was on the hunt for a main dish. Then I saw it, Stuffed Zucchini Boats. After visiting several sites, all the recipes used meat as their stuffing so I decided to just wing it. Here’s what I came up with…

Ingredients:

Dry Ingredients

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 Zucchini
  • Approx. 1 cup of cooked brown rice
  • 1/2 can (14.5oz can) of diced tomatoes with the juice
  • 1 tablespoon of sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 sweet peppers sliced (approx. 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of dried onion (you can use fresh if you like)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive Oil
  • Shredded cheese (not pictured)
Other Ingredients

Other Ingredients

Preparation:

  • Prepare brown rice according to the packaging…I’m all about quick and easy so I use instant brown rice.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°
  • While the rice is cooking, prep the zucchini. Wash, cut in half and spoon out the seeds. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
Zucchini Boats ready to be stuffed

Zucchini Boats ready to be stuffed

  • Pour olive oil into a sauté pan, add minced garlic, dried onion, sun-dried tomatoes and sweet peppers. Season to taste and cook until tender.
Sautéed veggies

Sautéed veggies

  • Add cooked rice to the sautéed veggies.
  • Add diced tomatoes.
Veggie & rice mixture

Veggie & rice mixture

  • Simmer for 5-7 minutes.
  • Spoon the rice & veggie mixture into the zucchini bowls and bake covered for 15-20 minutes until the zucchini is tender.
Stuffed Zucchini Boats before hitting the oven.

Stuffed Zucchini Boats before hitting the oven.

  • Top with shredded cheese (of your choice) and back until cheese is melted or golden brown.
Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Like I mentioned I totally winged this dish but it turned out really good. It’s definitely one that will be put into the rotation. And it’s super easy and quick. It only took about 45 minutes including prep and interruptions from the kiddos…lol. If you like zucchini or stuffed peppers then you will like this. And what I love most about this recipe is that you can make the stuffing however you like…with or without meat!

Have you ever tried stuffed Zucchini Boats? Have you tried any knew recipes lately? Where do you go to find new recipes?

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Dying Natural Hair

A few weeks ago I posted a pic on Instagram showing me in the process of dying my hair…well I’m finally getting around to sharing the results.

I’ve been itching to dye my natural hair for some time now but I was on the fence about whether I should tackle it myself or let a professional do it. Well I had several reservations about letting a professional do it…one, I have yet to find a stylist that I trust; two, what if the “professional” messed up my hair….what recourse would I have; and three, I’ve dyed my hair a million times in the past and loved the results. So what the hay…I did it myself. At least if I messed up my natural hair the only person to blame would be myself, right? Lol

So after months on swooning over all the naturalistas in the social media world with a gorgeous hair color, I discovered MOSEPJONES on Instagram! Her hair color (and hair) is so gorgeous, I absolutely fell in love! So of course I had to stalk look through her pics to see if she ever mentioned what products she used to achieve such a fab color! And lucky me she did! I did a little research on the products she recommended and headed to Sally Beauty a few days later….

Ion Demi Permanent Creme Hair Color in Light Burgundy Blonde, Ion Sensitive Scalp Level 10 Developer and the Annie Large Dye Brush (which I already had)

Ion Demi Permanent Creme Hair Color in Light Burgundy Blonde, Ion Sensitive Scalp Level 10 Developer and the Annie Large Dye Brush (which I already had)

I’ve seen Ion products in Sally Beauty before and even gave them a once over a few times. After researching I found that demi-permenant would be a good fit…it’s been a while since I’ve dyed my hair at home and I’ve become extremely cautious about what I do to my hair since I’ve gone natural. I like that the demi-permanent color last longer than semi-permanent color but isn’t as damaging as permanent color. And it gives me a chance to give the color a little test run before committing to a permanent shade. Check out the process below….

Here's everything I used.

Here’s everything I used.

Washed, condtioned, product-free, dry hair.

Washed, conditioned, product-free, dry hair in three sections.

The mixture: 1 full tube of hair color and 1/2 bottle of developer.

The mixture: 1 full tube of hair color and 1/2 bottle of developer.

Ready to go under the dryer.

Ready to go under the dryer.

35 minutes under the dryer

35 minutes under the dryer

The Ion Demi-Permanent Creme Hair Color was so easy to use. I followed the directions on the packaging and no problems what so ever. I did sit under the dryer an extra 5 minutes or so but that’s because I wasn’t quite sure when I went under…lol. Check out the final results….

The immediate results...product free wet hair.

The immediate results…product free wet hair.

  

The results...twist out the next day.

The results…twist out the next day.

The results...four day hair.

The results…four day hair.

Well, I knew going in that the results weren’t going to be nearly as red as I would have liked or even close to that of MOSEPHJONES. But you do see a hint of red…*sigh* in the light. I’m going to keep like this for a few weeks before attempting anything else. I have discovered a salon in my area that specializes in natural hair so I might hit them up for a consultation and see what they know about dying natural hair…maybe.

So what do y’all think of the results? Do you think I should keep my natural hair this shade or go a little redder (if that’s a word)? What are thought about dying natural hair?

Quick Twisted Up-do Tutorial

This particular style was inspired by a recent tutorial I saw by MotorCityMoxie on YouTube. This style is super easy, quick and can be altered to fit your personal style. It also serves as a great protective style too and will be a perfect option to try out during the Longing 4 Length Protect Styling Challenge! Let me know what you think…