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Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Just got these pictures back from Scott of our “post-workout” meal at his place following our hike up Mt Cardigan.

When we got back, of course, everyone was rather famished, but we hadn’t planned what to make. However, like a mystery box challenge, there were certain ingredients in absolute need of being used up. They had a bounty of bell peppers, tomatoes, and eggplant.

After a little thought, it was agreed we would make vegan stuffed peppers with the tomatoes and eggplant as part of the filling, the base of which was to be quinoa and brown rice. For seasonings, we featured basil and oregano, and deemed them Italian stuffed peppers.

Scott’s cousin had also made a lovely bean salad the night before. It had at least three different types of beans (kidney, chickpea, white, and I believe pinto), carrots, red onions, parsley, agave syrup, and probably some other stuff I’m missing.

The final product was amazing and we were all extremely proud of our impromptu feast. Hunger was not long an issue. ;)

With apologies for the lack of measurements…

Recipe: Vegan Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Summary: vegan Italian stuffed peppers with quinoa and eggplant.


  • large bell peppers (1-2 per person)
  • brown rice
  • quinoa
  • tomatoes
  • eggplant
  • large onion
  • garlic
  • Italian herbs (basil, oregano, etc.)
  • spices


  1. cook brown rice and quinoa
  2. preheat oven to 350 F
  3. hollow out and boil bell peppers for 10 minutes
  4. cube eggplant
  5. dice onions
  6. mince garlic
  7. in a large pan, saute onions, garlic, and eggplant to soften
  8. dice tomatoes and add to pan
  9. once eggplant is at desired consistency, combine brown rice, quinoa, and pan mixture with herbs and spices (hot peppers, etc., to preference)
  10. stuff peppers with filling
  11. bake at 350 F for 15 minutes?

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 1 hour(s)

Diet type: Vegan

Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced fat, Gluten free

Number of servings (yield): 6

Culinary tradition: Italian

Our rating 4.5 stars:  ★★★★☆ 5 review(s)

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Hiking in NH: Mt. Cardigan

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Not yesterday, but the Sunday before, the guys and I (four of us this time), set out to climb Mount Cardigan in Orange, NH. Initially, as mentioned in the Pawtuckaway post, we’d intended this to be our goal by the end of the season, but we felt up for the challenge!

We set out bright and early. Well, at least the early part. The forecast called for rain in the morning, and right it was. The ride was a long one, some 1.5 hrs from Manchester, and there were times when the rain was quite heavy. Thankfully, by the time we arrived, it had stopped, leaving us a cool 70°F day, perfect for hiking.

We took the West Ridge trail up. It was steep from the get-go, there was no messing around. The parking lot’s location, some ways in on a dirt road, had dispensed with the level parts. The rocks had started to dry, but it was still a little slippery in spots, especially on the alternate route we picked for the way down.

Having reached the summit at 3,155 ft above sea level in “record time” (ha!, but we were cruising, and were surprised it only took an hour at most), we were met with an inauspicious reward; the morning rain had created quite the cloud cover / fog bank…

With our early start though, there was no rush, so we sat down to eat some trail mix, drink water, and wait it out a bit. Good decision as only minutes later, the sun started to break thru and literally rolled the fog up into clouds with defined edges. It was quite amazing to watch.

And the views were worth the wait…

We then proceeded back down a bit on the same trail before cutting across the side of the mountain. The skinny path meandered thru the most beautiful green moss-covered woods before ascending again to the neighboring South Peak at 2,864 ft. By this time, the clouds were all white and fluffy, and we had the most spectacular view of where we’d just been…

As well as gorgeous views, like these…

The way down via the South Ridge trail required some caution as the rocks along this route were slick, the incline perhaps a tad steeper, and the drop-offs into the woods below impressive.

Needless to say, we all made it down safely, though Scott concluded he needed new boots. ;)

Planning to do some hiking in NH? This book, focused on the southern half of the state, has been indispensable to us…

Southern New Hampshire Trail Guide, 3rd: AMC’s Comprehensive Guide to Hiking Trails in Southern New Hampshire, including Monadnock, Cardigan,…


Good Greens Bars

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

OK, it’s official, I have a new favorite vegan candy bar: Good Greens Bars. They call ‘em “nutritional bars,” and they certainly pack a wallop of that too, but dang are they sweet and guilty-pleasure-ish. I think it’s the chocolate. Mmmm… :)

Thing is, they stack up very well against Larabar and the other vegan snack bars as far as ingredients and nutrition facts are concerned, and they’re raw and gluten free too.

I was fortunate to receive a sample pack containing each of the flavors… Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate Mint, Chocolate Chunk, Chocolate Raspberry, Chocolate Coconut (kinda tastes like I remember Mounds vars), and Wildberry (the only one without chocolate).

Chocolate Peanut Butter Good Greens Bar Chocolate Mint Good Greens Bar Chocolate Chunk Good Greens Bar

The first three in that list, depicted above, were the best to my taste buds, and I’ve since gone on to buy a box of mint and peanut butter, but they were all good! Definitely something to give a try at least once, if you haven’t yet. Unfortunately, as with most of these healthier treats, they’re a bit on the expensive side.

Chocolate Raspberry Good Greens Bar Chocolate Coconut Good Greens Bar

What’s your favorite vegan candy bar? Have you had any of the Good Greens bars yet?

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