Is it fall yet? {2 Recipes to Get You in the Spirit}

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Is it fall yet?

Seriously, I’m so ready.

With this 90+ degree heat wave in Boston, I’ve been daydreaming about boots + leggings, pumpkin (everything) and crisp afternoon strolls in the park.

Unfortunately, my daydreaming isn’t making the season change any faster, so I decided to bring fall to me! Try these 2 pumpkin-themed recipes for a little taste of fall in your summer home.

Autumn Rosemary Pumpkin Hummus

  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 TB olive oil
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ½ c. pumpkin puree (unsweetened)
  • dash of maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. fresh rosemary (finely chopped)
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • pinch of sea salt
  1. Blend all ingredients except rosemary in food processor until smooth.
  2. Stir in the rosemary, and add any additional spices or salt to taste.

Serve with warm pita bread, apple or pear slices, crackers, carrots or other fave veggies!

Pumpkin Pie + Dark Chocolate Energy Balls

  • 12 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 c. raw pecans
  • 1/3 c. pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 c. unsweetened coconut flakes (+ another ¼ c. for rolling)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ c. chia seeds
  • dash of raw honey or maple syrup, optional
  • ¼ c. dark chocolate
  • Pinch of sea salt
  1. Place dates in small bowl and cover with water. Allow to soak for 10 minutes, then drain.
  2. Pulse pecans in food processor until finely ground. Add in the rest of the ingredients, including the soaked dates. Pulse until combined.
  3. Form the “dough” into small balls & roll in mixture of ¼ c. coconut flakes with ¼ c. chia seeds. Chill in the refrigerator in an airtight container & enjoy as a sweet guilt-free pick-me-up!

What are you most excited about for the new season? What are your go-to fall recipes?


Healthy Chicks in the Community: A Fabulous, Cycling, Froyo-Loving Trendy Trainer

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Happy Friday, ladies! I’m currently writing to you from the lovely San Diego. My dad & I left our spouses at home for a little R & R on the beach. We’ve been loving our morning runs (training for Reach the Beach!), sea breeze with zero humidity, and fish tacos for days (with a side of margaritas!)

Anyway, it’s time to bring you this week’s Healthy Chicks in the Community! I couldn’t be more thrilled to introduce you to the lovely Caroline Earle, the beautiful blogger behind Trendy Trainer. I met Caroline a couple years ago through work and always being invited to the same fitness blogger events. I was instantly wowed by her glowing, bubbly personality and positive attitude. I’m telling you, this gal is ON FIRE! She’s also one of the most genuine people I’ve ever met, totally speaking from the heart and walking the walk. Not to mention she’s drop dead gorgeous (from the inside out!) I’ll let you meet her for yourself!

NAME/AGE: Caroline Earle, 28

BLOG/TWITTER: The Trendy Trainer / @trendytrainer

CURRENT CITY: Somerville, MA

PHOTO TAKEN: Cohasset, MA / June 2015 (cred: Lucie Wicker Photography | Makeup by Laura Mucci)

WHAT YOU DO FOR WORK: Group Fitness Instructor, Indoor Cycle Instructor, Personal Trainer and Healthy Living Blogger

NUMBER ONE PASSION: My #1 is helping others. Regardless of the mode in which I do it — talking, training, teaching or writing — if I can have a positive effect on someones life, I’m whole-heartedly happy.

I FEEL MY HEALTHIEST SELF WHEN I AM: Strength training regularly and not eating sugar!! I tend to eat a 80/20 lifestyle: 80% whole foods, 20% less nutritionally dense choices. Don’t get me wrong, it’s tough … but in the end my body feels so much better and trains so much harder!

BUT I AM ALSO A REAL GIRL & SOMETIMES: Get my nails done … once a month :)

TOP THREE KITCHEN STAPLES: Great question!! Currently, my zucchini spiralizer, shaker bottle and paring knife.

NUMBER ONE GUILTY PLEASURE: FroYo (tart) with raspberries and chocolate chips!

THREE FAB THINGS ABOUT YOU: I have run a marathon, I am an Athleta Brand Ambassador, I lived in Italy (Ciao, bella!) for a year in college!!

EXERCISE THAT MAKES YOU SHINE: Teaching indoor cycling!

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Brownies … there’s that sweet tooth again!

MESSAGE YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH OTHER HEALTHY CHICKS: Be patient with yourself. Whether you’re struggling to find a fitness routine that works or you simply can’t shake a bad diet … stop beating yourself up. The moment you allow yourself space and become patient is when you’ll start to clearly see how to make strides to a healthier lifestyle. Far too often we stress ourselves out trying to get to the next best thing: a smaller jean size, more chiseled arms or six-pack of abs.

Instead, let’s take a different approach. An internal conversation that allows you to take a step back, evaluate what you want and purposefully decide how you’re going to make it happen. Chances are, you’ll be there in no time :)

Big thank you to Caroline for taking part in this week’s Healthy Chicks in the Community. Miss last week’s? Catch it here! And if you’d like to nominate yourself or a friend in the future, just email me at rachelAThealthy-chicksDOTcom.


Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone: I’m Running New Balance’s Reach the Beach Relay!

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The past couple of months, I’ve been working on stepping outside my comfort zone in all aspects of my life.

I took part in a 5-day meditation course where I didn’t know a single sole.

I took some risks with my career….and wasn’t afraid to speak my mind.

I hosted my third New Balance Girls Night Out event in June, where I spoke in front of 75+ women.

I said no when something didn’t feel right.

And I said yes to running Reach the Beach on September 18th.

Yup, you heard that right!

What is Reach the Beach, you ask?

It’s a 200-mile relay race, starting in the Bretton Woods ski area and ending at Hampton Beach. A traditional team is made up of 12 runners, where each teammate runs 3 legs of the relay.

The funny part is my dad has been running this race for years, and I’ve just never mustered up the courage to try it myself. But what better time than now?

I won’t lie; when New Balance first approached me about this exciting opportunity, a part of me wanted to say “No.” “I’m too busy.” “Maybe next year.” “I’m not quite ready.”

But I quickly realized that instinct was stemming from one thing: fear.

And so I pushed through those little voices in my head, and said yes.

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll officially be running on New Balance’s media team! I’m on an awesome team with 11 other female rockstar bloggers and magazine editors. Meet my fab teammates:

There’s nothing I love more than joining forces with other like-minded women…and what better way than by spending 24 hours together in a van…running?

Stay tuned for updates as I continue to train for the big day!

Note: I am being sponsored by New Balance to participate in Reach the Beach free of charge including all accommodations and gear. As always, all opinions are my own.


how to get sh*t done in a modern world

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Ever since I started to hone in on my entrepreneurial ways and follow my own path, I’ve had to really focus on getting sh*t done. Without coworkers, deadlines and mandatory meetings, all that’s left is yourself to keep you motivated. I won’t lie: it isn’t easy. Some days you can feel lonely, confused and even a little lost.

But one thing that’s helped me push through is learning to better manage my time so I can actually do what I say I’m going to do. (Gotta love that procrastination that creeps in!) Here are some simple tactics that have helped me tremendously along the way:

1. Be Realistic: As a dreamer, it’s easy to get caught up in big ideas. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing…dreams are what keep us inspired after all! But it’s important to have a healthy balance of visions and realism. Set intentions that challenge you, but are realistic to achieve. This will help you gain clarity and focus, as you work toward taking one step closer to your desires.

2. Set Your Own Deadlines: Maybe Boss Lady isn’t shouting deadlines down your throat, but that doesn’t mean you need to toss all forms of structure and formality. I find it super helpful to set my own realistic deadlines, so that I’m staying true to my word. It doesn’t have to be super specific like “by Thursday at noon” but it could even be setting quarterly goals or making it your intention to finish a certain project by the end of the month. Do what works for you, but definitely pencil it into your calendar to keep you motivated & on top of things!

3. Be True to You: As you work toward accomplishing your goals & taking strides to work for yourself, it’s super important to remember to be true to yourself. This means saying yes to the things that light you up, and also being OK with saying no to those that don’t jive with you. Not every opportunity that comes your way is going to be a good fit (even if a good amount of money is involved)…and that’s OK. The more you do things in line with your core values & how it is you want to feel, the more like-minded opportunities will flow your way. The Universe works in magical ways!

4. Own It: As you venture into becoming your own Boss Lady, take ownership of your bad-ass self and rock it out! Own who you are by talking to others about what you’ve got going on (like that super fab e-book you’re working on), walking the walk, and being proud of yourself and how far you’ve come. Confidence speaks wonders, and is the key to pushing through old fears (“I can’t”) to bring in a life full of abundance!

5. Take Periodical Social Media Vacations: This is a biggie for me! As someone who is just a teeny bit addicted to their iPhone and Mac, I have to consciously remind myself to turn it off. My husband likes to call this “Airplane mode your life!” This means, taking the time to rid yourself from social media and other distractions, so you can be present with your creative mind. Perhaps it’s scheduling an hour each day to write in silence, or even taking a whole week sans social media. Figure out what it is you need to feel true clarity & peace of mind. The less distractions the better when it comes to getting sh*t done!

6. Quit Comparing: Along the same notes as social media also comes the comparison trap. This is by far once of the biggest buzz kills and road blocks when you’re working on a creative project. If you’re too busy comparing yourself to what she is doing, you’re going to lose your stride and get caught up in other people’s stuff. This is a big no-no, as comparison to others makes you feel small, stuck, and not good enough. Rather, focus on YOU since no one out there can do what you do better than you do. Trust that.

7. Get Real About What You Truly Want: Last but not least, it’s vital to get clear about what you truly want. This goes back to your WHY, that is how you want to feel. Let this guide you through all your decisions, so you can ensure you’re staying on the right path, that is your path (vs. chasing someone else’s dream).

Do you struggle with getting sh*t done? What are your top tips for productivity?


Healthy Chicks in the Community: A Badass, Blonde Fly Gal With a Mission

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Hey, ladies! Thanks for all the love on my personal story toward discovering peace in my body — through messages, insta comments, and tweets, I am overjoyed by all your kind words.

On to this week’s feature on Healthy Chicks in the Community! I am thrilled to introduce you to Christina — she’s pretty badass and knows how to get sh*t done like no other (especially when it comes to her workouts). I first met her when taking her class at Flywheel here in Boston. The beets were bumpin’, the studio was pitch-dark, and Christina surely  brought the energy!

I’ve had such a blast getting to know Christina throughout the past couple years, from my time at sweetgreen to catching one of her classes at Barry’s or Flywheel. If you’re Boston-based, and haven’t taken one of her classes yet…DO IT! You won’t regret it. But in the meantime, you can get to know her a little bit better over here!

NAME/AGE: Christina Lodde/34

INSTAGRAM/TWITTER (If Applicable): @xlodde


PHOTO TAKEN (WHERE/WHEN): Comm Ave in Boston during a photoshoot for Flywheel’s Fall retail line last year.

WHAT YOU DO FOR WORK: Lead Master Instructor at Flywheel Sports Boston. Trainer at Barry’s Bootcamp Boston. Nike Trainer.

NUMBER ONE PASSION: Professionally:  Leading people to find their inner athlete.  Im a huge fan of the saying “good things come to those who work their asses off”. Personally: Discovering new ways to challenge myself mentally and physically.

I FEEL MY HEALTHIEST SELF WHEN: I have balance in my life.  Finding the right balance between all the things that get challenging as we get older like managing stress, getting enough sleep, eating clean, staying hydrated, and finding the time to enjoy the things that make us happy, like traveling or hanging with family and friends.  We may never have the perfect amount of each all the time but finding the right balance is key.

BUT I AM ALSO A REAL GIRL & SOMETIMES: Have one or THREE too many margaritas or give into my cravings for pizza and chocolate.  I don’t stress though because I work hard and truly believe consistency with a health diet and exercise pays off.

TOP THREE KITCHEN STAPLES: This is tough because I’m not in the kitchen as much as I want to be, especially in the summer.  When I am in the kitchen I am usually on the phone with my mother who is desperately trying to help me from Florida. Top 3 food staples would be 1- eggs.  I make them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner some nights. 2- quinoa. When in doubt one of my quick and easy go to lunch or dinner options is a bowl of quinoa with fresh vegetables, chicken or tuna. 3- peanut butter.  I just can’t live without it as a snack on a banana or apple, or just a scoop if I need to satisfy a craving.


- I’m a natural blonde and have never dyed my hair.
- After college I studied martial arts and am a blue belt in Kenpo Karate.
- I love being on stage! I was a natural performer from the age of 3. I studied many different forms of dance but the most unique was Hawaiian and Tahitian. Tap was my favorite form of dance growing up though and I have won national competitions for my tap solos.

EXERCISE THAT MAKES YOU SHINE: I teach what I’m passionate about. Hitting the beat on the bike at Flywheel, sprinting on the treadmill at Barry’s, and strength training have always been my favorite forms of exercise.

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: My Mother’s Italian meatloaf and mashed potatoes. She makes it for me every time I’m home to visit.

Scales don’t measure health. Being healthy is a lifestyle choice and consistency is key. Splurge on yourself. Treat your body well inside and out and it will love you back! “If you a fly gal get your nails done, get a pedicure, get your hair did.” :)

Big thank you to Christina for taking part in this week’s Healthy Chicks in the Community. Miss last week’s? Catch it here! And if you’d like to nominate yourself or a friend in the future, just email me at rachelAThealthy-chicksDOTcom.


It All Starts with Love (Not Weight Loss)

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Alright, I’m about to get real REAL over here on the blog. While I absolutely love all my fellow fitness professionals, coaches, yogis, etc. out there, I think lately there’s been a bit of a mixup when it comes to the whole body love thing.

Here me out. I see a lot of this:

“I lost those stubborn 15 pounds, and was able to finally love my body!”

“Work with me so you can lose the weight and then feel proud of who you are when you look in the mirror!”

“Look at my body!!!”

I also see a sh*t-ton of “body selfies.” And girl, more power to you if you’re able to get that 6-pack or you love the way your arms look when you flex. But is that really what it’s all about?

Is this really depicting body love?

Personally, I think we’ve got it all backwards.

For me, I wasn’t able to lose the weight (let alone transform my skewed relationship with food) until I gained some self-respect. I could run for miles & miles, and nosh on kale all day, and still look in the mirror and think I was fat.

You see, it wasn’t until I began practicing self-love that I was able to truly embrace my body and naturally fall into my “happy weight.” And like me, many of my clients experience the same revelation when working with me. They begin their journey with a goal of losing weight in mind, and often want some kind of quick-fix, diet solution. By session 2, they begin to realize that it’s not really about the weight loss or the scale or the number of calories in that turkey sandwich they “cheated” with at lunch after all.

It’s about learning to truly nourish ourselves, and treat our bodies with love.

Because here’s the thing: self-love does not have a set pant size, number on the scale, or ideal body type. Rather, it comes from within.

Let’s began to shift that message now, shall we?




Then & Now: My Personal Journey Toward Finally Discovering Peace in My Body

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The photo on the left is me right after graduating college. At the time, I weighed myself roughly 5 times a day, counted every calorie I put into my mouth, and ate mostly bland diet food.

I didn’t want to gain any more weight, and I constantly told myself I wasn’t good enough, pretty enough or skinny enough. (Note: this did nothing for my physical or mental health!)

I was self-conscious, afraid, living in fear.

Flash-forward 6 years, and I’m still the same girl but the only thing that’s shifted is my MINDSET. I don’t own a scale, and the last time I weighed myself was at the doctor’s office. The number meant nothing to me.

I don’t even care to look at the calories, as what I care most about is the ingredients and what it is that I’m putting into my body. I eat according to what my body wants & needs; some days this is kale salads, green smoothies and roasted veggies, and sometimes it’s a juicy cheeseburger, slice of homemade pizza or some decadent dark chocolate.

I listen. I breathe. I allow my body to feel different things. I am happy. I am content. I am 1,000 x more confident in who I am.

I won’t lie, this journey through self-love and peace in my body wasn’t easy nor was it something that happened overnight. But I will say, this feeling of freedom around food & my body is so worth it. I hear you.

You are not alone.

You are not ruined or hopeless or crazy.

You are real, and it’s ok to struggle.

But you CAN break this vicious cycle, I promise.

If this resonates with you or someone you know, feel free to email me at rachelAThealthy-chicksDOTcom to chat or schedule your free BODY LOVE Nourishment Session here. I’d love to meet you!


Soul Sisters Island Getaway: An Empowering Day of Yoga, Journaling, Crafting & Bliss

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This past Saturday, Kelley & I hosted our first Soul Sisters Day Retreat. Destination? Spectacle Island. For those of you who don’t know, Soul Sisters is a monthly retreat for women looking to escape the city, reignite their passion and re-connect with their soul’s truth.

Our first official retreat (away from the city!) could not have gone any better, and I think I can speak for anyone who was there that it was purely magical. The theme of our mini island getaway was empowerment & bliss, and we let that shine through in everything we did throughout the retreat.

Here’s a quick recap of our beautiful day:

11 a.m. The women joined us at Long Wharf to check-in and meet everyone. Upon arrival, they were given energy squares from Organic Living Superfoods and an organic, cold-pressed juice, courtesy of Cocobeet! Big thank you to Onur from Cocobeet for keeping us hydrated & rejuvenated all day long…my favorite juice was Green Genes, but other creative hits were Kickstart, Watermelon Quench, Forbidden and Black Rose. I think it’s safe to say the snacks were a huge hit! We also gifted the ladies vegan lip balms from Hurraw! Balm (my absolute fave) for delicious, smooth lips.

11:30 a.m. All aboard! We boarded our ferry and set sea to Spectacle Island! This was a perfect time to get to know one another a bit better, share some laughs and of course snap some photos. We seriously couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day weather-wise, although I will admit: it was a HOT one!

12:00 pm. We landed on Spectacle Island, and lugged our stuff up to land. We took a much-needed bathroom break (which ended up taking much longer than anticipated with 13 ladies!) and filled up our reusable water-bottles to prepare for the heat. It was now time to hike up the hill for our secret yoga destination!

12:40 pm. We reached the top of the hill, with a beautiful view overlooking the city, other harbor islands, and the endless sea. It was absolutely breathtaking! As the ladies set up their yoga mats, I walked around with some invigorating doterra Citrus Bliss essential oil to get the energy flowing.

Kelley then led us in a long, powerful yoga sesh with lots of twists, squats and salutations! Then during shavasana, we went around and placed ice-cold lavender-infused towelettes over the women’s eyes. Talk about pure bliss! After yoga, I passed out paper towels and all-natural yoga mat cleanser I had prepared (made with tea tree, lavender and grapefruit essential oils) so we could wipe down our sweaty mats. Namaste.

2:00 pm. Lunch time! We certainly worked up an appetite during the flow, and food was on our minds. A part of the Soul Sisters retreats (and something that makes us super unique and unlike other events or retreats) is that everything is made clean, home-made and as farm-fresh as possible. We believe that what we put into our bodies is super important, and that food changes everything.

Kelley, our in-house “Healthy Cooking Specialist” prepared a beautiful lunch for the group that did not disappoint: a cool cucumber soup topped with roasted chickpeas to start, an authentic Greek salad (with heirloom tomatoes and olive oil straight from Kel’s boyfriends’ families farm in Greece!) and Spanakopita (a Greek spinach pie.) We also snacked on kale chips that Cocobeet had donated for our group…holy yum! Oh, and did I mention the ginger & lemon infused ice water Kel brought along? Lots of happy bellies over here!

3:00p.m. After lunch, we trekked back down the hill to a grassy area by the gazebo. We set our yoga mats down for our Signature Women’s Circle…this is where things get juicy! We started with a quick meditation, a little Singing Bowl action, and then each women was given a journal and personalized Soul Sister pen. It was officially time for our journaling sesh!

I led the women through a series of 12 questions, all with our theme in mind: bliss & empowerment. While the women were told their words were meant for themselves, we did have a mini sharing circle and discussion time. One of my favorite questions to discuss openly with the group was “At the end of the day, how is it that you want to feel?” Oh so juicy!

3:50 p.m. Time to get crafty! We head inside the gazebo to take a break from the sun & decorate our “mantra” sea shells. We brought lots of paint, glitter, glue and markers for inspiration! Each women then wrote their word (a.k.a. how they want to feel or a mantra they want to bring into their life) on the inside of the shell. I loved watching how creative the ladies got! While crafting, we were lucky enough to enjoy some raw coconut balls Kelley’s mom made for the group…she’s seriously the best!

4:15 p.m. Sadly, it was time to start wrapping things up and head back toward the ferry. At this time, we had intended to allow the ladies to take an optional dip in the water, but unfortunately we lost track of time and actually almost missed the boat! I sprinted to tell the captain we had a dozen girls coming down the ramp and begged him to wait for us. Thank goodness he did…we all appreciated it!

4:30 p.m. We set sail back to Boston, making it into the city around 5:00 p.m. for hugs and final goodbyes!

Thank you for everyone who was a part of our first official Soul Sisters Retreat! Stay tuned for the next one coming this fall. I’ll be posting updates here, and you can also follow along via our Facebook Page!




Healthy Chicks in the Community: A Margarita-Pizza-Loving, Spiritual Yogi

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TGIF my loves! This week has been fabulous indeed, as I’ve been training for two fun races (exciting announcement coming soon!), adding final touches for tomorrow’s Soul Sisters Retreat to Spectacle Island (which just sold out this a.m.!) and lots and lots of writing and personal soul-searching.

I couldn’t be more thrilled to bring you this week’s spotlight on Healthy Chicks in the Community — one of my best friends and Soul Sister Kelley. I first met Kel 4 years ago when we were working at a spa to make ends meet while completing our Health Coach Training at Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

We became close quickly, bonding over our love for good food, spirituality, and empowering others to feel healthy in their own skin. 4 years later, and Kel was a bridesmaid at my wedding last fall, and we’ve recently teamed up to launch Soul Sisters: a monthly retreat for women looking to re-ignite their passion and re-connect with their soul’s truth! I love Kel’s calming presence, delish home-made goodies she makes, and that she’s just a straight up genuine, no BS gal. I’ll let you see for yourself…you’re going to love her too!

NAME/AGE: Kelley Walsh/29

BLOG/TWITTER (If Applicable):


PHOTO TAKEN (WHERE/WHEN): Concord MA- Private shoot

WHAT YOU DO FOR WORK: Health Coach, Yoga Teacher

NUMBER ONE PASSION: There are so many things I am passionate about: family, friends, food. I have the utmost passion for what I do in my career; I love helping people to achieve their goals to be their ultimate self and live a healthy, balanced life. I love sharing skills and demoing in the kitchen for families to expand their knowledge on food combinations and opening their eyes to delicious meals the whole family will enjoy.

I FEEL MY HEALTHIEST SELF WHEN I AM: Balanced-Yoga-ing every day!

BUT I AM ALSO A REAL GIRL & SOMETIMES: Enjoy a nice cocktail or glass of red wine once in a while in good company

TOP THREE KITCHEN STAPLES: Its difficult for me to pick 3!

1. Olive oil (from my Greek lover’s home!)

2. Garlic

3. Lemons for days!

4. Greens are always in our kitchen as well



1. Warm, compassionate, spiritual

2. I can cook and I LOVE doing it!

3. I love dancing and have danced all my life and it all began with irish step dancing!

EXERCISE THAT MAKES YOU SHINE: High intensity interval training

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Thin crust, well done, margarita pizza

MESSAGE YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH OTHER HEALTHY CHICKS: No matter what life throws your way, Always Live Your TRUTH!

Big thank you to Kelley for taking part in this week’s Healthy Chicks in the Community. Miss last week’s? Catch it here! And if you’d like to nominate yourself or a friend in the future, just email me at rachelAThealthy-chicksDOTcom.


Quinoa Stuffed Peppers {Gluten Free}

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When it comes to dinner, we’re all about simplicity in this household. (Oh, and flavor of course!) These easy-to-make gluten free quinoa stuffed peppers did just the trick for our Monday night dinner this week. Hubby approved!

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers {Gluten Free}

makes about 4 servings (2 peppers per person)

What ya need:

  • 8 medium bell peppers (mix of yellow, orange & red!)
  • 1 c. quinoa (rinsed)
  • 1 jar all-natural marinara sauce
  • 1 package ground turkey
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 Vidalia onion, chopped
  • olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • about 2 c. shredded cheese (mozzarella, cheddar or monterey jack best!)
  • salt & pepper to taste

1. Rinse quinoa & add to pot with about 2 c. water. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and cover for about 15 minutes.

2. In the meantime, sauté onion in olive oil on medium heat until cooked through. Lower heat, add in crushed garlic, and stir for another minute. Set aside.

3. In same pan, cook the turkey burger on medium heat. Once cooked, add in the marinara sauce, lower heat and let simmer. Mix in cooked quinoa, onion & garlic, and can of black beans. Add salt & pepper to tsate.

4. Preheat oven to 350. Cut tops off of the peppers, remove cores & seeds, and line onto baking sheet. Stuff each pepper equally with the quinoa mixture, and a sprinkle of cheese on top. Bake for about 25-30 minutes. (Note: save any leftover “stuffing” for a delicious meal the next day!)

Enjoy! What are your favorite week-night recipes?




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