Stuffed Sweet Peppers Recipe - Keto Friendly

These Stuffed Sweet Pepper Poppers are my go-to appetizer for any holiday, party, game day, family event or just a slow Saturday afternoon when I am craving a fancy snack. I like them because there is no need to explain to anyone that they are “keto”. 

Sometimes it’s polite to give a fair warning when you bring a keto appetizer to a party — “Okay, so I know this looks like a tater tot- but it’s actually cauliflower- SURPRISE! It’s really good though, I promise…”

These are just a regular ole delicious appetizer that happens to be keto-friendly. My 18 month old, Ella Jean, loves them. My dad who is a self-proclaimed food critic and thinks “keto” is code for “taste like cardboard” makes a special request that I make these anytime we have a family dinner. My husband has eaten this as his entire meal before. These are a crowd pleaser for sure. Every time I make them, I get asked for the recipe. So, here it is! 

Stuffed Sweet Pepper Poppers Recipe - Keto Friendly
Stuffed Sweet Pepper Poppers Recipe - Keto Friendly
Stuffed Sweet Pepper Poppers Recipe - Keto Friendly
Stuffed Sweet Pepper Poppers Recipe - Keto Friendly
Stuffed Sweet Pepper Poppers Recipe - Keto Friendly

A few things to note:

Always check the ingredients when buying food- including meats. Hidden sugars are everywhere. I can usually find at least one brand at most grocery stores that has “NO SUGAR ADDED” bacon.

I like to cook the bacon in the oven while I’m preparing the peppers. It cooks it evenly and crispy without smoking up the whole house. 

Instead of pepper jack cheese, you can use cheddar cheese to sprinkle over the top. I’ve tried and like both! But the pepper jack gives it a nice little kick.

Stuffed Sweet Pepper Poppers Recipe - Keto Friendly
Stuffed Sweet Pepper Poppers Recipe - Keto Friendly

Stuffed Sweet Pepper Poppers Recipe - Keto Friendly

Christina Foret | May 14, 2019

  • prep time: 15 minutes
  • cook time: 15 minutes
  • total time: 30 minutes

Servings: 10

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of mini sweet peppers
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • garlic salt
  • 1 cup of shredded pepper jack cheese (or cheddar)
  • 5 slices of sugar free bacon, cooked and chopped

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchement paper.
  2. Slice pepppers long ways (try not to cut off the green stem...they're so cute!) Remove the seeds.
  3. Fill with cream cheese.
  4. Sprinkle with garlic salt.
  5. Chop bacon and place inside sweet peppers over the top of the cream cheese.
  6. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top.
  7. Bake 15-20 minutes.
Stuffed Sweet Pepper Poppers Recipe - Keto Friendly

Dairy Free Bulletproof Coffee Recipe (aka Dairy Free Keto Coffee)

Dairy Free Bulletproof Coffee Recipe (aka Dairy Free Keto Coffee)

Much to my husband’s disappointment, I’m no coffee snob. I can enjoy a good French Press. If someone wants to make me a pour over, I’ll allow it. But I’m also 100% content with my good ‘ole Mr. Coffee maker. As long as I get my morning coffee, it doesn’t matter so much to me how I get it. What does matter to me is what I put in it. It’s changed a bit over the past few months as I’ve been experimenting with different ways to make Bulletproof coffee.

Read More

My Weight Loss Transformation with Keto - Before and After Photos

Mid-last year, I made a decision to stop eating sugar and processed foods. January of this year, I made a decision to start counting my macros. And a few weeks ago, I made a decision to get back into the gym! I am finally back down to my wedding weight - a goal that seemed impossible after having Ella. (Did I tell you I gained 40 pounds when I was pregnant!?! That’s on top of the extra 15 I already put on before even getting pregnant.) This past year has been a lot of tiny decisions- making myself eggs when donuts are on the counter, skipping dessert even when someone else is paying (LOL) - and doing my best not to fall face first into a basket of dinner rolls at every family gathering. None of these decisions seemed to make a difference in the moment- but I kept making them. And a year later, I can see them and I am proud of them. I am healthier and stronger than I have ever been and have more energy than I have in a long time. I’m not finished- but want to remember and celebrate this milestone. If you want something, the first step is to MAKE A DECISION. And then keep making it.

(I’m also happier about it than I look in this pic... I’m still mastering the art of the mirror selfie. Here are some embarrassing before and after pics! Photos are all about 10 months apart.)

Christina Foret Weight Loss Transformation with Keto- Before and After Photos.jpg
Christina Foret Weight Loss Transformation With Keto- Before and After Pics.jpg
My Weight Loss Transformation with Keto - Before and After Photos.jpg

Wrightsville Beach - Annex Coffee

Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Wrightsville Beach Annex Coffee Sunset-4.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Wrightsville Beach Annex Coffee Sunset-1.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Wrightsville Beach Annex Coffee Sunset-24.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Wrightsville Beach Annex Coffee Sunset-26.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Wrightsville Beach Annex Coffee Sunset-18.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Wrightsville Beach Annex Coffee Sunset-36.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Wrightsville Beach Annex Coffee Sunset-40.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Wrightsville Beach Annex Coffee Sunset-43.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Wrightsville Beach Annex Coffee Sunset-42.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Wrightsville Beach Annex Coffee Sunset-56.jpg

Moorten Botanical Garden, Palm Springs CA

Moorten Botanical Gaden aka my dream world! Angela and I swung by here on our way to the Palm Springs airport. It was the perfect way to end our 9 day trip out west. 

It was a self guided tour so we took it slow and easy, roaming around giant cacti and exploring "The World's First Cactarium". Twice. 

The owner was a cute old man and he was so friendly. We bought a few succulents and I asked if he had "the kind of aloe you can rub on your cuts and stuff". He said "One minute- I'll be right back". We watched him go over to this giant aloe plant and cut off a sprig for me. He came back with a smile on his face and gave it me for free. That tiny little sprig has grown into a beautiful aloe plant that sits by the window in my kitchen. 

Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Botanical Gardens-6.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Botanical Gardens-10.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Botanical Gardens-16.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Botanical Gardens-20.jpg

Salvation Mountain, California

Leonard Knight, the artist spent 30 years building the colorful mountain out of local adobe clay and donated paint. 

 

Imagine believing something so much- in this case, that God is Love, that you go into the middle of the desert and build a 50 foot 3 story mountain. What a creative and passionate spirit. 

Here is a paragraph from the official website

 "Salvation Mountain is Leonard's tribute to God and his gift to the world with its simple yet powerful message: "God Is Love." Leonard's passion has lovingly created this brilliant "outsider art " masterpiece resplendent with not only biblical and religious scripture such as the Lord's Prayer, John 3:16, and the Sinner's Prayer, but also including flowers, trees, waterfalls, suns, bluebirds, and many other fascinating and colorful objects. Salvation Mountain must be seen to be fully appreciated as those who have made the journey will attest. Its 50 foot height and 150 foot breadth is made totally of local adobe clay and donated paint and is truly unique in the United States and probably the world. From its Sea of Galilee at the bottom, to the big red heart in the middle, to the cross at the very top, the reoccurring theme of "Love" is everywhere at Salvation Mountain."

Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Salvation Mountain-7.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Salvation Mountain-21.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Salvation Mountain-4.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Salvation Mountain-14.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Salvation Mountain-23.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Salvation Mountain-18.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Salvation Mountain-40.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Salvation Mountain-34.jpg

Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina

SUNdays coffee and watching the surfers. It's 45 degrees outside but I don't mind. 

Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Wrightsville Beach 2-1.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Wrightsville Beach 2-14.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Wrightsville Beach 2-16.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Wrightsville Beach 2-17.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Wrightsville Beach 2-18.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Wrightsville Beach 2-22.jpg

Arches National Park, Utah

Christina Foret - Travel Blogger Arches National Park, Utah.
Christina Foret - Travel Blogger Arches National Park, Utah.
Christina Foret - Travel Blogger Arches National Park, Utah.
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Arches National Park-2.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Arches National Park-27.jpg

Colorado Springs + Garden of The Gods

Christina Foret - Travel Blogger Colorado Springs + Garden of The Gods
Christina Foret - Travel Blogger Colorado Springs + Garden of The Gods
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Colorado-1.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Colorado-8.jpg
Christina Foret - Travel Blogger Colorado-16.jpg

Seven Magic Mountains, Las Vegas, Nevada

Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger-7.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Seven Magic Mountains Las Vegas Nevada-2.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Seven Magic Mountains Las Vegas Nevada-21.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Seven Magic Mountains Las Vegas Nevada-13.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Seven Magic Mountains Las Vegas Nevada-27.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Seven Magic Mountains Las Vegas Nevada-32.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Seven Magic Mountains Las Vegas Nevada-33.jpg

Welcome to the World Ella Jean Foret

On October 23rd, 2018 at 3:33 PM, I heard the most perfect sound - my baby girl letting the world hear her roar. I spent 9 months crying and waiting and hoping for that sound. I am so exhausted, I've been cut open and taken apart and sewn back together. I haven't slept in over 24 hours, my insides feel like they could fall out at any moment, her nursery isn't finished and I have a good 20 (okay, 30) pounds to lose. And this is the happiest I've ever been! My sweet Ella Jean Forêt, you are more and better and lovelier than I could have ever imagined. I love you more than life.

Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Ella Jean Birth-6.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Ella Jean Birth-9.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Ella Jean Birth-11.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Ella Jean Birth-13.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Ella Jean Birth-3.jpg

The Night Before I Became a Mama

We literally waited until the LAST minute to take some maternity photos. This was the night before sweet Ella Jean was born. Thanks to my little sister Alysha for snapping these photos for us. 

Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Maternity-29.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Maternity-95.jpg

Our Wedding - October 5th, 2014

Celebrating 3 years of waking up next to the man who put my dreams to shame by making real life better than I could have ever imagined. 

Our 3rd year was our craziest - which says a lot since we met online and on our wedding day, I'd known you for less than 6 months. And since our first year of marriage we lived in the middle of nowhere Missouri honeymooning in the woods for 3 months - plus a weird trip to Nepal where we would truly see each other at our worst (*don't drink the water), then moved to Asheville, traveled back and forth to Hawaii almost every other month shooting weddings, started a new business and made our first home together. Since our second year of marriage, we opened a beautiful space with zero dollars, hosted a 4 day creative gathering in the mountains with people who changed my life, and you had 4 different jobs that year and landed on the one you now love. You encouraged and believed in me when I didn't know what I was doing. But our third year, that was the craziest. We started with a million dreams of growing everything we'd already created, meanwhile I was unknowingly growing our newest and most perfect creation inside of me. I remember your face when we first heard her heartbeat. I remember crying in a Mexican restaurant because the doctor told us I had an abnormal uterus which meant higher chance of miscarriage & likely wouldn't carry her full term. I cried for weeks and you let me lay in bed watching Gilmore Girls for what felt like an eternity. You took care of me when I was sick and a lot of times just because I was sad. You had enough hope and faith for both of us when I had none. You work harder than anyone I know but you never let me feel alone. You've been by my side for every doctors appointment. When you won't be home for dinner, you wake me up early and take me out for breakfast. We moved closer to my family on a bit of a whim decision and have fallen in love with our new home in Greenville. And in a few short weeks, we become a family of 3. You make every good part of life a little bit brighter, and every scary part of life seem small compared to the power we have inside of us. You are and will always be my whole world. Happy Anniversary,  babe. 

Christina and Blaise Foret Wedding Day in South Carolina. christinaforet.com / Photos by Red White and Green Photography.
Christina and Blaise Foret Wedding Day in South Carolina. christinaforet.com / Photos by Red White and Green Photography.
Christina and Blaise Foret Wedding Day in South Carolina. christinaforet.com / Photos by Red White and Green Photography.
Christina and Blaise Foret Wedding Day in South Carolina. christinaforet.com / Photos by Red White and Green Photography.
Christina and Blaise Foret Wedding Day in South Carolina. christinaforet.com / Photos by Red White and Green Photography.
Christina and Blaise Foret Wedding Day in South Carolina. christinaforet.com / Photos by Red White and Green Photography.
Christina and Blaise Foret Wedding Day in South Carolina. christinaforet.com / Photos by Red White and Green Photography.
Christina and Blaise Foret Wedding Day in South Carolina. christinaforet.com / Photos by Red White and Green Photography.
Christina and Blaise Foret Wedding Day in South Carolina. christinaforet.com / Photos by Red White and Green Photography.
Christina and Blaise Foret Wedding Day in South Carolina. christinaforet.com / Photos by Red White and Green Photography.
Christina and Blaise Foret Wedding Day in South Carolina. christinaforet.com / Photos by Red White and Green Photography.
Christina and Blaise Foret Wedding Day in South Carolina. christinaforet.com / Photos by Red White and Green Photography.
Christina and Blaise Foret Wedding Day in South Carolina. christinaforet.com / Photos by Red White and Green Photography.

Baby Shower: It's A Girl

Blaise and I decided not to announce the gender of our baby because we wanted it to be a surprise. (But really, maybe it's because we didn't have a super cute reveal idea - where do y'all find all this colorful smoke anyways??) And from the very beginning, I said neutral colors only- NO PINK! Welllllll, I'm 35 weeks pregnant and I changed my mind! We had our baby shower this weekend and I have never loved pink so much! So, if you didn't know- now you know!

My mom and sisters overdid it on the balloons and I was pretty thrilled about. So many sweet friends and family members spoiled us with love and gifts. I could not be more thankful for the people in my life. 

Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Girl Baby Shower Greenville South Carolina-2.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Girl Baby Shower Greenville South Carolina-4.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Girl Baby Shower Greenville South Carolina-8.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Girl Baby Shower Greenville South Carolina-13.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Girl Baby Shower Greenville South Carolina-94.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Girl Baby Shower Greenville South Carolina-20.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Girl Baby Shower Greenville South Carolina-24.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Girl Baby Shower Greenville South Carolina-29.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Girl Baby Shower Greenville South Carolina-30.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Girl Baby Shower Greenville South Carolina-34.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Girl Baby Shower Greenville South Carolina-36.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Girl Baby Shower Greenville South Carolina-51.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Girl Baby Shower Greenville South Carolina-53.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Girl Baby Shower Greenville South Carolina-63.jpg
Christina Foret - Lifestyle Blogger - Girl Baby Shower Greenville South Carolina-69.jpg

Lake Jocassee at Devils Fork State Park and A Few Thoughts on Week 25 of Pregnancy

Blaise would rather sit on the couch and watch Back to The Future or anything else TBS has to offer than drive an hour to the lake when it's more than likely going to rain. This is the first time in our marriage that we’ve had cable - or a TV for that matter, so I try to give him grace. But I have a very convincing “even if it rains, I promise it will be fun” argument and after a dramatic side-eye, he conceded. 

It did rain. But only a little. And I was right, it was still fun. We took a nap in the sand, had a picnic then kayaked around Lake Jocassee. 

This was 2 weekends ago when I was 23 weeks pregnant. It was the first week I started to feel confident in my bump. I didn’t like taking photos the first 20 weeks of pregnancy because I didn’t necessary look pregnant. Up until now, I just looked like I had a really good time at brunch. (And on most days, that was probably true.) But now, there is no hiding this little miracle. 

I’m just over 25 weeks now and there is no question I am sharing my body with a little babe- about 13.5 inches long, a pound and a half. The size of a Prairie Dog, if you will. When I feel little kicks, I try to place Blaise’s hand in the perfect spot so he can feel too- this has been successful 2 out of 832 times. Every night before bed, I look at him and say “But for real, can you believe there’s like this tiny person who we’ve never even met who is just living inside my body?” And we both start laughing. Because being pregnant is actually the weirdest thing. 

Everything I read about this stage of pregnancy tells me I am hormonal and probably acting crazy. Occasionally, I’ll check in with Blaise on the matter, “So, do you think I’ve gone crazy yet?” He says no- which means either I haven’t gone crazy. OR I have most definitely gone crazy.... because who's gonna tell a crazy pregnant lady that she's crazy? It’s hard to know anything about real life when you’re pregnant. Everyone lies to you. People will see me “You look SO good”… and I’m like “Really? Because I haven’t washed my hair in 4 days and I’m pretty sure I’ve gained nearly 20 pounds since the last time you saw me.” So, what scale are we going by? I look good compared to what - back when I still wore eye liner and could walk up a flight of stairs with out taking a break? Good compared to that? Or are you just a nice person and your initial thought of “My god, I can’t believe you left the house like that” didn’t seem appropriate?

Either way, I am appreciative. My self esteem is likely built off of white lies and I am totally fine with that.

25 weeks down, 15 to go...

TRANSITION: A Little Update On Life

Transition.

I’ve decided that is the best way I can describe pregnancy: a transition.

A transition from eating saltines to throwing them up, a transition from loving avocados to hating them, from being maddeningly uncomfortable in my own clothes to giving up and buying overpriced pants with a giant elastic band around the waist, a transition from the highs of each day to the lows - and trying to settle somewhere in between.

I’ve had to give up a few things I wanted to do this year while putting others on hold. But I’m learning to give myself grace while fighting the thoughts of feeling like a bad wife, friend or business owner. Taking care of that extra heart beating inside of me is everything right now. Thankfully, I married a good man who handles life with tremendous ease… or at least he pretends to. Probably so I don’t cry. Which only works out half the time.

We're in the process of moving. I have been in full nesting mode but instead of decorating and creating a comfy home, I'm boxing and packing and cleaning the one we’ve got. The one where we built the beginning of our life together. The one that will always be a special place where it was "just the two of us”. 

I have been on a mission to go natural this year. I started with the obvious: food. January went well - I did (mostly) Whole30. Then I got pregnant and switched from “eating clean” to “eating anything I can keep down” which turned out to be hardly anything. My daily diet consisted of bagels and popcorn for about 10 weeks straight. Soooo, that was cool. 

Instead, I shifted my focus to getting toxic chemicals out of our house. I’ve been obsessed with the Think Dirty App, my essential oils, and making my own deodorant and cleaning products. We aren’t there yet but SLOWLY switching out small parts of our life for better options. This is something I've been wanting to do for a while. But this little baby growing inside my belly has given me a sense of urgency. 

I’ve unintentionally neglected this space for a while. The past two years, I've been pouring myself into Asheville Folk (with no regrets!) But now, more than ever, documenting our life and growing family is the most important thing to me. (This is my very vague, noncommittal, non-specific way of saying I plan on blogging a lot more... Wish me luck!)