Top 5 Ways to Use Bell Peppers
Ring in the summer season with sweet, colorful bell peppers! These crunchy, flavorful plant foods have been traced back over the millennia to their roots in South and Central America, where Columbus so delighted in them that he brought the flavorful vegetable back to Europe in 1493. Since then, they have traveled around the world and have been celebrated in many traditional cuisines, such as Italian, French, Asian, and Greek. Can you even imagine a Greek Salad or Asian stir-fry without the pizzazz of a pepper?
Green, red, white, yellow, orange, purple, brown and even black— bell peppers (Capsicum annuum) come in a rainbow of shades, as well as sizes. I love these picture of the colorful bell peppers I have found at my local farmers market. Powerful, disease-fighting phytochemicals give bell peppers their many vibrant colors. And that’s not all; these veggies are bursting with nutrition. Bell peppers are an excellent source of antioxidants that protect us from developing chronic disease, namely vitamins A, C, and E. A one-cup serving provides 317% of the Daily Value (DV) of antioxidant vitamin C, 93% DV of vitamin A, 22% DV of vitamin B6, and 12% DV of vitamin E. So, don’t forget to celebrate by ringing in bell peppers in your diet, with these Top 5 Ways to Use Bell Peppers.
Top 5 Ways to Use Bell Peppers
1. Add Peppers to your Appetizer. Bell peppers are a great way to add fiber and crunch to any dip or sauce. This Avocado Salsa combines the art of traditional guacamole with veggies such as red bell pepper, sweet corn, and black olives for a nutrition-packed dip perfectly paired with corn tortilla chips or sprouted wheat crackers.
2. Blend ‘em Up. To cash in on that sweet, peppery taste and powerful nutrient profile, try tossing a bell pepper into your next smoothie. Match various colors to suit your blends: green bell peppers in a green smoothie, red bell peppers in a strawberry smoothie, and yellow bell peppers in this Turmeric Mango Carrot smoothie. Experience the anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric, with the antioxidants from mango, carrot, and bell peppers. Simply dice up some yellow bell peppers and blend all ingredients together until smooth, and enjoy!
3. Make them the Bell of the Bowl. The bell of this bowl are these lovely red bell peppers, just one of the many pops of rich color in this divine Moroccan Chickpea Sorghum Bowl. This bowl is high in fiber and full of flavor. See me in action on KTLA 5 discussing this bowl and the benefits of a plant-based diet here.
4. Create a Toss Up. Bell peppers are so good to toss in veggie bowls. This Sesame Tempeh Buddha Bowl is a great solution for a filling meal, heavy on nutrition and flavor. Toss it with this Tahini Ginger Dressing for a meal I think Buddha himself would love!
5. Stuff Them. These festive Stuffed Bell Peppers are a perfect, easy and filling meal solution, thanks to this mix of Southwestern spices, black bean and quinoa, with a creamy vegan dressing on top. It will satisfy the whole family!
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