Mexican Chicken Stuffed Peppers

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Paleo-Diet-Mexican-Stuffed-Peppers-image-c-Waterbury-Publications-300x336INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeño or serrano 
chile pepper, seeded 
and chopped
  • 2 lb ground chicken 
or turkey
  • 1 14.5-oz can unsalted 
fire-roasted diced tomatoes, with juices
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
  • 4 red, yellow and/or orange bell peppers
  • Lime wedges

SEASONING:

  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 4 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp ground cayenne pepper, optional
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground saffron

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Prepare seasoning: In a small dry skillet on medium-low, toast cumin seeds for 1 to 2 minutes, until fragrant, shaking skillet occasionally. Remove from heat; cool 2 minutes. Transfer seeds to a spice grinder; grind to a powder. Transfer cumin to a small bowl and stir in remaining seasoning ingredients.
  2. In a large skillet on medium, heat oil. Add onion, garlic, and chile; cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Add chicken; cook until no longer pink. Sprinkle with 2 tbsp seasoning mixture (reserve remaining mixture for use in Meal Plan); stir well. Stir in tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; then simmer, uncovered, 5 to 7 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated. Stir in 1/4 cup cilantro.
  3. Meanwhile, cut 
bell peppers in half vertically (from stems to bottoms). Remove and discard stems, seeds and membranes. In a large pot, blanch peppers in boiling water, 2 to 
3 minutes or just until tender; drain. Fill peppers with chicken mixture.
  4. For each serving, arrange 2 pepper halves on a plate. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cilantro and serve with lime wedges.

Curried Lentil & Squash Bowl with Kale & Peppers

Curried Lentil & Squash Bowl with Kale & PepperspicIngredients:

  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2-inch piece ginger peeled and minced (about 2 tbsp.)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup green lentils, rinsed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled and 
cut into ¼-inch cubes (3½ cups)
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 red bell peppers, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 bunch kale, stems discarded, leaves sliced crosswise into thin ribbons 
or 6 cups baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup unsalted pumpkin seeds

Instructions:

Instructions:
1. In a small bowl, combine shallot, ginger and garlic. In a medium saucepan on medium-high, heat 1 tsp. oil. Add half of shallot mixture and sauté for 30 seconds. Add 2 cups water and bring to a boil; add lentils and bay leaf. Return to a boil, cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 30 minutes, until lentils are tender.
2. Meanwhile, toss squash with curry powder, salt, pepper and turmeric. In a large deep sauté pan on medium-high, heat 1 tbsp. oil. Add squash; sauté for 5 minutes. In a small bowl, whisk together tomato paste and ½ cup water; pour into squash mixture, scraping up bits from the bottom of the pan as the liquid sizzles. Stir to coat squash with tomato, cover pan, reduce heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes more, until squash is tender but not mushy.
3. Stir squash into pot with cooked lentils; add cilantro. Cover and reduce heat to low.
4. To same sauté pan, add remaining 2 tsp oil and heat on medium-high. Add remaining shallot mixture and sauté for 30 seconds. Add bell peppers and kale and sauté for 7 to 10 minutes, until peppers are tender with a little bite left and kale is wilted. Add a splash of water to scrape up any bits from pan and stir. (If using spinach, sauté bell peppers first for 5 minutes, then add spinach and cook just until wilted.)
5. Divide squash-lentil mixture among plates and top with kale mixture and pumpkin seeds.