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Ingredient of the Week, March 24: Bell Peppers

Posted by on Mar. 24, 2013 at 8:50 AM
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Bell peppers are a delicious vegetable that can be enjoyed either raw or cooked. When served raw, bell peppers have a crisp texture that lends itself to salads and makes a perfect complement to dips. When bell peppers are cooked they take on a smoky, sweetness that enhances many dishes.

Bell peppers come in a variety of colors including green, yellow, orange, red and black. Green bell peppers are somewhat bitter in flavor while red and orange peppers tend to be much sweeter. Red bell peppers are used to make pimentos and paprika. In addition to their great flavor, bell peppers have great nutritional value.

Nutritional Value

Bell peppers contain very high amounts of vitamin C and Vitamin A. One cup of raw, red bell peppers supplies roughly 290 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C and 105 percent of the RDA for vitamin A. Bell peppers also contain significant amounts of vitamin B 6 and dietary fiber.

Low in Calories

Bell peppers are a great, low calorie snack. One red bell pepper contains only 30 to 40 calories and has a satisfying crunchy bite. The fiber that bell peppers contain will help you to feel full with very few calories. Keep slices of bell peppers in the refrigerator, so you’ll always have something healthy to reach for when you’re having a snack attack.

High in Antioxidants

Bell peppers are a great source of antioxidants. Antioxidants are free radical scavengers that help to keep the body in tip-top shape. Not only are bell peppers high in the antioxidant vitamins C and A, they are also a good source of lycopene. Consuming foods with lycopene has been shown to lower the risk of prostate, bladder, cervical and pancreatic cancers.

                               

Selection

Look for peppers that are vibrant in color. The skins should be firm and unblemished. Avoid peppers with any dark spots. The peppers you choose should also have a nice, weighty feel for their size. Bell peppers are available all year long but are more plentiful, and thus a better deal, in the summer months.

Storage

Bell peppers should be stored, unwashed, in the vegetable compartment of the refrigerators. If stored correctly, they will keep fresh for up to a week. Bell peppers may also be frozen. Store whole peppers in an airtight, freezer-safe container.

Preparation

Always wash peppers under running water before use. You can also use a vegetable wash to remove any wax from your peppers. It’s easy to make your own veggie wash, just dilute vinegar or lemon juice with fresh water and store in a spray bottle.

After washing, peppers can be sliced or chopped any way you wish. Just be certain to remove the stem, seeds and ribs prior to cutting.

Bell peppers taste great raw, grilled, roasted and stuffed. However you decide to prepare your bell peppers, know that you are eating one of the world’s most nutritious vegetables.

                      

Do you like to eat bell peppers raw or cooked?




by on Mar. 24, 2013 at 8:50 AM
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jjamom
by Silver Member on Mar. 24, 2013 at 9:27 AM
I like them raw with dip, but I love them cooked. My favorite is sautéed in EVOO with onions and Italian sausage! Yummy, yummy!
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la1118
by Bronze Member on Mar. 24, 2013 at 9:33 AM
I like both raw or cooked. Love them on pizza or in omelets. I use them in a lot of pasta dishes and stir fry.
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KamsOne
by Jen on Mar. 24, 2013 at 9:40 AM

I love 'em!!  I like them raw and cooked.  I really like the red ones because they are so sweet.

mylilprincesses
by Paula on Mar. 24, 2013 at 11:18 AM
I like them sautee' or stuffed yum!
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Momforhealth
by on Mar. 24, 2013 at 11:20 AM
Both..mostly raw. My son planted all the seeds and we have a bunch of babies growing.
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skippito
by on Mar. 25, 2013 at 6:39 AM
I love peppers any and all ways!!! I will be using them in chili this week, yum yum!
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SweetLuci
by Luci on Mar. 25, 2013 at 8:25 AM

 The red are my favorites, too.

Quoting KamsOne:

I love 'em!!  I like them raw and cooked.  I really like the red ones because they are so sweet.

 

Kimberly954
by on Mar. 25, 2013 at 8:49 AM

I can eat them raw if they are not green peppers. I like them cooked in everything. One of my girlfriends is hoarding a recipe i want of hers......."stuffed pepper" casserole. Its like an unstuffed pepper because the peppers are just chopped up really big in the dish. It was soooo good. I want her recipe! lol

goddess99
by Michelle on Mar. 25, 2013 at 10:31 AM

I like them cooked.

periwinkle163
by Mandy on Mar. 25, 2013 at 11:39 AM

 We love green peppers in this household. My kiddos just love them, they are a staple in their lunchboxes and I keep them around and just serve them for snacks or as a part of a meal. I rarely even cook them.

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