Fajita Stuffed Peppers

Hello again!

In the midst of everyone else I know from different medical schools being finished with their 1st year, we are still in school. Its kind of a bummer, but I just keep thinking about the glorious 4 week vacation thats coming my way. We’ve had a pretty crazy few weeks. We learned how to read EKGs, how to intubate a patient, how to start central and peripheral lines, and about every type of arrhythmia known to man – all in the last 14 days. They aren’t kidding when they say med school in a whirlwind. Since I think I want to go into Pediatrics, and Neonatology specifically, I especially love learning about congenital heart defects, but I know some of my classmates hate it. Its so funny how everyone finds their niche in medicine even early on. Its hard to believe anyone makes it out of the womb with a functioning heart, but yet millions of babies do daily! Life is truly a miracle, and its my goal to never forget that throughout my career, even if I’m really grumpy and tired and need more coffee ;-).

I’ve been trying to switch my diet over to more fruits and vegetables, and less everything else lately. But often times I feel like after my run I just want to eat everything. Does anyone else have this problem? I often make myself a green smoothie but 30 min later I’m hungry again! I’ve been running 5 days a week averaging about 4-5 miles each day. I’ve been consistent for about a month with this routine and its really been working for me. On the off days I either do 30 minutes on my exercise bike, or go to yoga (my absolute favorite!). We have the most adorable yoga studio here, but its downtown, so its a hassle to get to and find parking if you’re on a time crunch (which I always am…).

We have 4 exams coming up this week, and our week is only 4 days long… only in med school! I’ve been trying to become a master at reading EKGs and let me tell you, its really challenging. The amount of time and energy I have to put in just to figure out if its normal sinus rhythm is insane, I will forever bow down to cardiologist!

Anyways, this is a yummy recipe for stuffed peppers that I made today that were so good, I hope you enjoy!

Fajita Stuffed Peppers 

  • 4 red peppers
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 cup brown rice, cooked (you could also use quinoa!)
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Parmesan cheese, fresh
  • 1 package of mushrooms, chopped
  • salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 350. Cut the tops off the peppers and hollow them out, removing the seeds and the insides. Cook the ground turkey on medium heat until brown, drain. Add cooked rice, corn, mushrooms and tomatoes. Cook until mushrooms are soft. Add spices, salt and pepper to taste. Place the 4 peppers in a glass cooking dish and fill each half way with the turkey mixture, sprinkle some of the parmesan in, and then fill to the top with more of the turkey mixture. Top with lots of parmesan! I put them in the oven for about 25 minutes, but the pepper was still a little crunchy, so if you like the pepper soft I would do an extra 5-10 minutes. Enjoy!

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