About HealthyGirl

Destiny was a graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno with a B.S. in Biology in 2011. She is currently studying to become a Physician Assistant. She has been writing professionally since 2007 and her proudest work is on her blog, healthylivingwithdestiny.com.

Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Enjoy this leaner version of stuffed peppers. This recipe is full of flavor, but light on the fat.

Ingredients:

  • 6 bell peppers (I prefer green)
  • ½ lb ground turkey
  • ½ cup  chopped mushrooms
  • ½ cup chopped onions
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 pkg of your favorite Mexican rice mix  (I like Rice-a-Roni)Rice-A-Roni Spanish Rice Mix, 6.8 Ounce
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • ½ cup light mozzarella cheese 

Stuffed peppers


 

 

Cook Mexican rice according to package directions, and brown the ground turkey.  Add onions, mushrooms, garlic, and seasonings to the turkey. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove tops and seeds from peppers. Mix browned turkey with Mexican rice. Stuff peppers and add tops. Arrange peppers in baking dish and add ¼ cup of water to the bottom. Put the dish in the oven for an hour, or until peppers are tender. After taking the peppers out, sprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top, and allow it to melt.

Serve with a side salad and enjoy your yummy stuffed peppers!

Here are some other great recipes you might enjoy:

~Healthy Girl

Tips to Better Brush Your Teeth

How Often Should I Change My Toothbrush?

Dentists recommend changing your toothbrush every three months. Normal wear and tear breaks down your bristles on your toothbrush. This renders it less effective at removing plaque and surface stains. It also makes it harder to reach those tricky areas, and less effective in general.  When you start to notice bent or frayed bristles, its time to change your brush.

Should I Change My Toothbrush After A Cold?

YES! It is important to change your toothbrush after a cold, flu, throat or mouth infection. This is because harmful bacteria can hide in your bristles, and you can re-infect yourself. These bacteria can build up, as well as fungus, making your toothbrush an easy access tool to get you sick again, possibly with something worse than you had in the first place!

What Is The Best Way to Take Care of My Toothbrush?

After you brush your teeth, it is a good idea to rinse it with hot water before storing. Make sure it is in an upright position where it can dry easily. A wet toothbrush is a dangerous invite for microbes, so be sure it can dry easily.

Can I Sterilize My Toothbrush?

Absolutely. You can sterilize your toothbrush easily in boiling water  or by putting it in the dishwasher if you have a good heated dry cycle. You can also soak it in a solution of 4:1 water and bleach for 15 minutes. (Be sure to rinse it well!) There are even sterilizing cases you can buy that use UV light to sterilize your brush. Just be aware that some of these processes can start to break down your toothbrush, especially if it is a cheap one.

What Can I do With My Old Toothbrush?

The most common use for an old toothbrush is to clean nooks and crannies in your house like baseboards, doorways, locks, handles, and other small items in your house. They are also great for cleaning behind faucets, windows, and on tools. Just be sure to label your toothbrush so you don’t accidently use it to brush your teeth!

Happy Brushing!

~HealthyGirl

 

Healthy Lasagna Recipe

Lasagna is an all-time American favorite, but with greasy meat and 3 different kinds of cheese, the calorie count on this tasty dish can add up quick. Here is a fun, yet healthy lasagna recipe with a few simple substitutions to make it just as tasty, but a lot better for you!

Serves 8 people
Makes great leftovers!

Ingredients:

  • 4oz of Lasagna Noodles (Whole wheat if you can find it)
  • 1.5 lbs. of ground turkey or extra lean ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup of each zucchini, eggplant, & mushrooms
  • 1 teaspoon oregano leaves
  • Dash of pepper
  • 1 jar (320z) of your favorite spaghetti sauce ( I use Prego)
  • 1 cup of sliced black olives
  • 1 (16oz) container of  FAT FREE ricotta cheese (I use Precious)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ lb. of Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese

Directions:

Boil your lasagna noodles and cook the ground turkey in a large 12″ pan. Add the onion and garlic to the turkey & let simmer. Cook veggies on medium heat in light olive oil for about 6-7 minutes. Drain noodles when they are completely cooked. Add Seasonings, spaghetti,  black olives, and other veggies to the meat and cover. Simmer for 15minutes, letting the flavors mix.  In a small bowl, combine the ricotta cheese with egg, and beat together. Preheat oven to 375oF.  On the bottom of a 13X 9 baking pan, layer with meat/sauce mixture. Then add 1/3 the lasagna, 1/3 the Ricotta/egg, 1/3 mozzarella, and 1/3 the parmesan. Repeat layering until ingredients are all used. Cover the baking dish and bake for 20 minutes. Uncover the dish and bake an additional 20 minutes.  Let the dish cool before serving this scrumptious meal!

Happy Eating!

~Healthy Girl

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