Pinterest Inspired Girls Nights

We all LOVE Pinterest and spend a good portion of time pinning great recipes that we have every intention of making. 

But how many recipes do you actually get around to trying from Pinterest?

Hence why I came up with the Pinterest inspired girls nights!

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Every month my girlfriends and I are taking turns hosting a fun girls night in.

Making Pinterest inspired recipes, wearing our comfy yoga clothes and just having good quality girl talk!

Last night was our first one and it didn’t disappoint! 

Adrian made us Mexican Quinoa stuffed peppers and a spinach, sun-dried tomato, feta and pine nut salad.

Can you say, yum!

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Here is the recipe! 

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers:
8 bell peppers
2 cups cooked quinoa
1/2 can organic black beans drained and rinsed (make sure to rinse them to remove excess liquid–high in sodium!)
1 can corn (I used 2 ears of fresh farmers market corn instead)
1 tbsp. Taco seasoning (I used cumin, dried garlic, and cayenne pepper instead)
Monterey Jack cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together all ingredients but cheese and peppers. Submerge peppers in boiling water for 3 minutes. Remove and cool slightly. Set peppers upright in baking dish. Fill peppers with quinoa mixture sprinkle the top with cheese.  Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.

And for desert..

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Raspberry Oat Crumble Bars (from Shape Magazine)

1 cup flour (I used 1/2 cup quinoa flour, 1/2 cup organic baking flour)
1/3 cup packed brown sugar (I used coconut palm sugar instead–a 1 for 1 substitute for brown sugar)
1/4 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 10 oz jar raspberry jam (I used a sugar free organic brand)
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1)Preheat oven to 350 and cover 8 by 8 inch baking pan with foil letting 3 inches hang over the sides.
2) In a medium bowl, combine flour, brown sugar and rolled oats. Add melted butter and stir with fork to combine. Remove 1 1/3 cups of mixture and pat into bottom of pan and 1/4 inch up the sides. Bake for 10 minutes.
3) Spread raspberry jam over the crust leaving 1/2 inch border around the outside. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the top and then add the remaining crust mixture in an even layer
4) Bake for 20 minutes at 350. Let cool completely in pan. Use the foil to lift the bar up and out of the pan (don’t skip the foil, this made removing them super easy!)
5) Chill for one hour, then cut into 24 bars.

Sometimes you just need a good quality girls night in. No boys, no drama, no feet hurting from high heels just lots of giggles and fun! 

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