Wellness Travel Adventure – Roasted Red Bell Pepper with Quinoa

Quinoa Stuffed Red PepperRoasted Red Bell Peppers Stuffed with Quinoa

The most delicious stuffed pepper I have ever had! Cook quinoa ahead of time and prepare it your favorite way. Below is a recipe I use that is so easy!

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for oiling the pan
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 pound sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 7 bell peppers, 1 cored, seeded and chopped; tops removed and reserved from remaining 6 then cored and seeded
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/4 pound baby spinach
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed and cooked according to package directions 
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally until transparent, 8 to 10 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook until softened, 4 to 5 minutes more. Add carrots and chopped peppers, cook until just softened, then add parsley and spinach (in batches, if needed). Let spinach wilt then stir in cinnamon, cumin and cooked quinoa and toss gently to combine. Add salt, pepper and cashews and cook 1 to 2 minutes more. Set aside to let filling cool until just warm.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly oil a 9×13-inch baking pan; set aside.

Divide quinoa mixture evenly among remaining 6 bell peppers, gently packing it down and making sure to fully fill each pepper. Top each pepper with its reserved top then arrange them upright in prepared pan. Cover snugly with foil and bake, checking halfway through, until peppers are tender and juicy and filling is hot throughout, about 1 hour. Transfer to plates and serve.

Per Serving:Serving size: 1 pepper, 260 calories (90 from fat), 10g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 150mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (7g dietary fiber, 6g sugar), 9g protein

Wellness Travel Adventure – Part 1

DAY 1 photoDo you integrate wellness activities into your vacation and other plans? I love that there is a specific term for this called “Wellness Travel”. Whether you choose a specific wellness adventure or simply integrate wellness activities into your travel –  such as hiking, biking, walking, spa services and healthy food – then you are part of the Wellness Travel Movement!

This week I am enjoying taking a group of 20 people on a Wellness Travel Adventure to Sanoviv Medical Institute in Rosarito, Mexico.

In my blog this week I will share some of that adventure with you and maybe you will pick up a wellness tip (or two) to integrate into your everyday wellness plan.


MontrealMost moms play a major role in the life of a young competitive athlete.  The Sochi Olympics has brought back many memories of my time as an olympic level swimmer. The behind the scenes stories are so captivating. The story of the two mothers (Cheryl Davis and Jacqui White) of the USA Ice Dancing Gold Medal favorite Partners,  made me reflect  on how much time my mom spent at swimming pools day in and day out to support me.  Cheryl and Jacqui have become as much a team as their kids Meryl and Charlie. Meryl and Charlie are among the favorites to win the ice dancing gold medal at the Winter Games in Sochi.  Their kids were 7 (Charlie White) and 8 (Meryl Davis) when were first paired up.

I remember the many dark and cold early mornings at the poolside when mom would wait while I trained up and down the pool. Also there was every afternoon after school that she would be waiting for me in the school parking lot to drive me to the 4pm – 6pm training.

Even though my swimming career was 38 years ago, I still say it was #becauseofmom that I was able to achieve so much at such a young age.

Thanks mom!