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21 Day Vegan Kickstart: Day 18

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21 Day Vegan Kickstart: Day 18

Day 18 Of The 21 Day Vegan Kickstart

It is day 18 of the 21 day vegan kickstart as we approach the end of our journey together. We have two more easy vegan recipes for you to try at home and help kickstart your health in 2021.  Our guest Chef for day 18 was Mary Kay Matossian, RN, BSN, BA, a health educator, speaker, and a registered nurse.  She made stuffed peppers and an irresistible white bean dip.  And there are also two additional surprise recipes, so be sure to watch the video below.



Let’s Meet Our Chef

Mary Kay Matossian, RN, BSN, BA, is a registered nurse, health educator, speaker, and now an author. She recently published a book, “I LOVE Bacon, But I Love Me More!” Stop Metabolic Syndrome, the Gateway to Chronic Disease. Mary became fascinated with the science behind a life free from inflammation, chronic disease, and weight gain. After years of battling Metabolic Syndrome, which is a combination of risk factors including high blood pressure, fatty liver, high cholesterol, and high blood glucose with weight gain, she accidentally discovered the power of following a whole-food, plant-based diet and this changed her and her family’s life forever!. This journey inspired Mary to create a class called: “Truth in Food, The Blood Knows!” Mary also teaches Food for Life classes in Reno, Nevada.

Mary has been in the healthcare industry for 25 years and recognizes that people are suffering needlessly. Mary and her physician (gastroenterologist) husband, Harry Matossian, MD, were astounded by their profound healing and made it their life’s mission to share this great news: You can have it all: Great Food with Great Health and they want the world to hear this powerful message! 

Mary has a BSN from the University of San Francisco and a BA in Economics from Temple University, in Philadelphia. She is a graduate of the Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate Program at the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, Certified in Dr. McDougall’s Starch Solution Program, a Certified Diabetes Educator with the American Association of Diabetes Educators, and a Certified Food for Life Instructor from Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.



After barely escaping the Santa Rosa fires of 2017, where they lost everything, they are thriving in Reno, Nevada, near Lake Tahoe!

Mary Matossian’s book: “I Love Bacon! But I Love Me More!”  was just released, January 2021. The backstory is that Mary’s maiden name is Bacon.  In her book, Mary chronicles her journey and everything she has learned. This book is available on Amazon.

Mary's Book Cover
Mary’s Book.


Learn more about Mary through her website: thebloodchallenge.com.


Mary Kay Matossian, RN, BSN, BA
Mary Kay Matossian, RN, BSN, BA


21 Day Vegan Kickstart Day 18:  Recipe 1

Let’s first take a look at the stuffed peppers Mary made for us.  This flavorful dish is rich in fiber, protein, and vitamin C.  It is super simple and fun to make.  This recipe uses squash, black beans, and rice as the bulk, adding up to a filling and delicious meal.


21 day vegan kickstart Stuffed pepper ingredients
The ingredients for the stuffed peppers.


21 day vegan kickstart stuffed peppers
The finished stuffed red peppers with squash, brown rice, and black beans.


Stuffed Peppers with Squash, Black Beans, and Rice

This flavorful dish is rich in fiber, protein, and vitamin C!
Course Dinner


  • ½ cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup cooked black beans
  • 2 Mexican gray squash or zucchini diced
  • 6 green onions sliced
  • 2 tsp pepitas i.e., green pumpkin seeds
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano chopped
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 lime juiced
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 red bell peppers cut in half, cored, and seeded
  • salsa optional


  • Combine the rice, beans, squash, green onions, pepitas, garlic, oregano, vinegar, lime, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Fill the pepper halves with the squash, rice, and bean mixture. Top with salsa, if using, and serve.


CHEF’S NOTE: If you would like a cooked/hot bell pepper dish, place the peppers into a baking dish with about ½ cup water, broth or tomato juice on the bottom. Cover and bake at 350 for 20-40 minutes until bubbly and the peppers are softened. 

Keyword gluten-free, nut-free, vegan
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!


21 Day Vegan Kickstart:  Recipe 2

Now it’s time for the irresistable white bean dip…oh yum!  The combination of miso, black salt, and nutritional yeast makes you come back for more..and more.! It’s a great dish to have as lunch with whole-grain crackers and vegetables.  It is high in fiber and protein, which also makes it a filling dish.


21 day vegan kickstart white bean hummus dip
The ingredients for the white bean dip.


See Also
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white bean dip
The finished white bean dip, ready to eat.


Irresistible White Bean Dip

Source: Dr. Neal Barnard’s Cookbook for Reversing Diabetes by Neal Barnard, MD; recipe by Dreena Burton
The combination of miso, black salt, and nutritional yeast makes this recipe irresistible! Serve for lunch with whole-grain crackers and vegetables.
Prepare this recipe in just minutes using a food processor or high-powered blender.
Opt for gluten-free crackers if you are following a gluten-free diet.
Course Dressings, Lunch, Side Dishes
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 15-ounce can white beans rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons miso
  • ½ scant teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black salt
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon pure maple syrup optional
  • 1 – 1 ½ tablespoon water


  • In a small food processor or high-powered blender, combine the beans, lemon, juice, miso, sea salt, black salt, tahini, yeast, garlic, syrup (if using), and 1 tablespoon of water.
  • Puree, adding 1/2 tablespoon of water if needed (be careful when adding more water; dip should remain thick).
  • Taste, and season with extra lemon, salt, or garlic, if desired.
Keyword gluten-free, nut-free, vegan
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!


You Want Two More Recipes?

We have two additional recipes for day 18 of the 21 day vegan kickstart.  The bonus meals were Edamame Asados and Oatmeal Cereal.  You can find both these recipes on Day 18 of the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart App (free download the App Store for iPhone and Android) or HERE.


oatmeal ingredients
The oatmeal ingredients and plated dish.


edamame asado
The edamame asados ingredients and plated dish.


Thank You For Joining Us!

Thank you for joining us on day 18 of the 21 day vegan kickstart where we were shown 4 awesome vegan recipes that can jumpstart your plant-based diet and health in 2021.  If you are looking for more easy vegan recipes be sure to check out the #LunchBreakLIVE page.  We have a ton for you to choose from.  Until next time…keep cookin’!





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