Thursday, March 30, 2017

Exercise Class, Yosemite Ice Pack,

Having been told by the surgeon that I didn't really need vascular surgery for my legs, I finally decided to go back to my exercise class. We had a fill in trainer today, I have met her before, and she really worked us hard. I managed far more than I expected. I thought I would be sitting down for most of the aerobic section, but much to my surprise, I didn't need to sit as much as I thought. I enjoyed the class too and am so glad I went back.

Watched yet another programme on Nature which was about Yosemite National Park, Once again the emphasis was on the lack of snow and how the snow pack wasn't forming nearly as much as it did, which means that the water sources are decreasing. Basically all our rivers and lakes are sourced by the snow packs of the world. As I frequently hear, global warming isn't happening though. I personally believe that it isn't just being caused by human activities, but a lot of it is caused by all the volcanoes which do so much damage.

Stuffed peppers are always good so when I saw this recipe I thought I would try it.

Deconstructed Stuffed Pepper Casserole

This deconstructed stuffed pepper casserole offers you all the great flavors of stuffed peppers, but it can be ready in a fraction of the usual amount of time. This casserole really does taste like real stuffed
peppers but ready in 30 minutes, perfect for any busy weeknight!

1 Tbs olive oil
1 lb ground pork
1 lb ground beef
1 onion chopped
1 large green bell pepper chopped
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 Tbs dried dill
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/2 cup rice uncooked
1 cup chicken broth low sodium
14.5 oz diced tomatoes (1 can including juice)
1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
1 Tbs fresh parsley chopped
sour cream for serving optional

1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground pork and ground beef; brown and crumble the meat. Cook for 5 minutes, or until the meat is no longer pink.

2. Add the onion and bell pepper to the skillet. Stir in the smoked paprika, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, dill and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 5 minutes, or until the vegetables begin to soften.

3. Add the rice to the skillet, then stir in the chicken broth and the diced tomatoes, including the juice. With the heat on medium, continue to cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the rice cooks through and absorbs all the liquid.

4. Sprinkle with the cheddar cheese and garnish with parsley. Within a couple minutes the cheese should melt on top. Serve immediately with a dollop of sour cream.

Recipe Notes

The recipe in the book uses instant rice to speed up the cooking process. In this recipe I used a long grain rice. Either rice works in this recipe.

The recipe in the book does not included the cheddar cheese, so the cheese is optional.

Servings: 6

Author: Joanna Cismaru
Source: JoCooks

Have a great day


  1. On both of my recent trips to both Mt. Rainier and Yellowstone,guides talked about the very real chance of those volcanoes erupting. It has been a very long time since it happened. The planet is constantly changing and this should not be ignored, whether you want to blame humans or animals. It is just a fact. I DVR'd the program to watch later. Was busy watching The Story of Us on CBC. Are you watching it?

    Glad to know you do not need surgery.

    1. I know Yellowstone is a super volcano and will be pretty disasterous when it does blow. No, haven't heard of the programme, I so rarely watch channels with ads. What is it about?

    2. It is the history of Canada and runs on Sunday night. It just started last week. In our schools they never touch on Canadian history.

    3. I lived in the shadow of Mt Rainier for 12 was just something we all knew in the back of our minds but hoped for the best. But it will erupt again someday and when it does, there is going to be an astronomical loss of life.

    4. Thanks Denise, I will check it out.

      I know JoJo, but I could never imagine being used to something like that. It's not just the loss of life, it's the effect it has on the weather and the growing things.

  2. Volcanoes do change the atmosphere when they erupt.

    1. They certainly do Alex, and it doesn't disappear over night either.

  3. I recall we did have a lot of snowfall on 2012. I think there is a combination of factors that is bringing on this global warming but for orangy to say it's fake brought on by China, is just ridiculous.

    1. I think mostly anything he says is ridiculous Birgit.

  4. I think the drought it over in CA....they really got slammed this winter.

    1. Quite a few areas got slammed in the States JoJo. Far worse than anything we got round here.