Courtesy of Phyllis Nichyporuk

SLOPPYJOESTUFFEDPEPPERS

Ingredients: 1 lb. ground beef 1 onion, finely diced 3 minced garlic cloves 1 c. tomato sauce 1/3 c. ketchup 2 tbsp. tomato paste 1 tbsp. brown sugar

Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 375°. 2. Heat a skillet to medium high heat and add oil. Add ground beef along

with half of your salt and pepper, and cook until meat is broken up and browned slightly. Add in the onion and garlic and continue to sauté for another few minutes until onions just become soft.

2 tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar 1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. black pepper 1 tbsp. olive oil 3 bell peppers, sliced in half with insides removed 1/2 c. shredded Mozzarella or Monterey Jack cheese 1/4 c. beef broth or water 2 sliced green onions (optional)

Courtesy of www.ehow.com 3. After your meat and onions have browned, reduce heat to medium and add in tomato sauce, ketchup, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar and the rest of the salt and pepper. Stir to combine well and then cook for 5 minutes until flavors have combined. 4. Spoon about 1/4 cup of the sloppy joe mixture inside of each pepper until they are full. 5. Top each stuffed pepper with cheese and then pour beef broth into the bottom of the pan so that the peppers are sitting in the liquid (this will help steam the peppers). Cover and bake for 25 minutes, then remove cover and broil for 2 minutes until cheese is browned slightly to finish the cooking process. Sprinkle with green onions (optional) and serve immediately. WHAT ISBIOMIMICRY? Biomimicry may be the solution to our world’s sustainability problems. But what exactly is it? According to the Biomimicry Institute, “biomimicry is an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies.” The core idea behind biomimicry is that Mother Nature already knows the answer to many of the issues we are currently dealing with. Animals, plants and microbes are the world’s most brilliant engineers. By mimicking them, humans can create processes and policies that will ensure our planet’s wellbeing for centuries to come. 3. Portion control. Portions have increased dramatically since the 1950s, both when dining out and at home. Simple ways to cut portions include eating off a smaller plate and dishing up in the kitchen rather than having the serving dishes at the table tempting you to take seconds and thirds. Eat every four hours so you never reach the point of starving, which can lead to overeating. THREEHEALTHYLIVINGTIPS Healthy living isn’t about starving yourself and working out seven days a week. It’s about making small healthy choices every day. Here are three quick tips you can add to your daily routine. 1. Keep moving. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk to a coworkers desk instead of sending them a message. And instead of watching TV after dinner, take your dog for a walk or your kids for a bike ride. 2. Stand up. New research shows that all the sitting we do is harmful to our health. So get up, stand up whenever you can. Try breaking up your sitting sessions with five minutes of standing and reap the rewards via better posture, increased circulation and reduced cholesterol levels.

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