The Dirty Dozen + a Recipe

This is just one of the 1,983 reasons why I love google. I literally look up everyythingg on google. When I first started shopping for more organic produce, I wasn't sure which fruits and veggies have the highest pesticide residues until I found the Dirty Dozen list from the Environmental Working Group. I now know what is worth the extra money to buy organic and what isn't.

I saved this list as a "note" on my iphone so when I'm at the grocery store I can check it easily to remember everything {until I get them memorized}. Now I will share the list with you :)

Here's what they call the Dirty Dozen...

12 Most Contaminated:



-Bell peppers

12 Least Contaminated:
-Sweet Corn (Frozen)
-Sweet Peas (Frozen)

I promised you all that I would share some vegetarian recipes I've been cooking. Here is one of my favorites. My husband and I love stuffed peppers (posted a recipe before) so I knew I had to find a vegetarian way to make them. I found this recipe through Vegetarian Times and then realized Krysta @ My Life In Food makes this recipe too!

It's super flavorful and is packed with protein from the quinoa and black beans. I love me some quinoa. If you haven't tried it before, you should! It's pretty simple to cook and goes with many different foods.

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers:


-1 medium onion, finely chopped (1 cup)
-2 tbs. olive oil
-2 ribs celery, finely chopped (1/2 cup)
-1 Tbs. ground cumin
-2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
-1 10 oz. pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
-2 15 oz. cans diced tomatoes, drained, liquid reserved
-1 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
-3/4 cup quinoa
-3 large carrots, grated (1 1/2 cups)
-1 1/2 cups grated reduced-fat pepper Jack cheese
-4 large red bell peppers, halved lengthwise


1. Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and celery, and cook 5 minutes, or until soft. Add cumin and garlic, and sauté 1 minute. Stir in spinach and drained tomatoes. Cook 5 minutes, or until most of liquid is absorbed.
2. Stir in black beans, quinoa, carrots, and 2 cups water. Cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 20 minutes, or until quinoa is tender. Stir in 1 cup cheese. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Pour liquid from tomatoes in bottom of baking dish.

4. Fill each bell pepper half with heaping 3/4-cup quinoa mixture, and place in baking dish. Cover with foil, and bake 1 hour. Uncover, and sprinkle each pepper with 1 Tbs. remaining cheese. Bake 15 minutes more, or until tops of stuffed peppers are browned. Let stand 5 minutes.


This serves 8 and freezes well for future meals. If you want to speed up the cooking time~ I cook the peppers in boiling water first until soft (not limpy) so that I don't need to cook them in the oven as long. Mine took about 30 minutes. Also, I used a can of tomatoes with green chilies for an extra kick.



  1. Those stuffed peppers looks so good! And thanks for the dirty dozen list, definitely very helpful. I have been trying to eat healthy too and its good to know what's actually going into your food and then your body.


  2. YUMMMMM! I love quinoa too! I really wish I could get hubs on the one veggie meal a week train! Maybe if he realized how much protein was in beans/quinoa?! :)

    xo! Lauren @ tickled.

  3. Those look so good! I have been following your blog for a while and I love it! I decided to read "Skinny Bitch" after your review, and you were right it's a very easy read! But, it does make me want to stop eating meat!

  4. yum -- that recipe looks delicious!!

  5. I have seen this recipe before, and it always looks delicious. Glad to hear you enjoyed it. I may have to give it a try! :)

  6. YUMMMM! This recipe sounds so good! Thanks for sharing! I think I'm going to give it a try :)

  7. How funny that I made the exact same thing! I also just this weekend found a recipe for stuffed peppers that are more traditional in that they use brown rice and tomato sauce, but it calls for vegetarian beef crumbles. I have always been leary of "pretend meat" but she kept saying they were amazing and provided a specific brand to buy so I might have to take a chance on them. I'll let you know how they come out. I hate that bell peppers made the list for most contaminated! They are SO expensive to buy organic. Like $5 per pepper here!

  8. I WANT those peppers!!!! Sounds delicious!!!! Thanks for sharing =) xoxo

  9. Thanks for the list! That is so helpful, especially since all my fave fruits and veggies are on the least contaminated list! That recipe looks amazing....I'm going to try it! :)

  10. i've always wanted to try stuffed peppers! these look awesome.
    haaa i rely on google WAY too much!!


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