Crunchy. Packed with flavor. Beautiful bright colors. I can’t get enough of bell peppers.
Bell peppers come in a variety of colors including green, yellow, orange, red, and even white and purple. Baby bell peppers always start out green. As they grow, their colors change. For harvesting, they can be picked green, or farmers can let them continue to mature to a variety of other colors. While you can use any color of bell peppers in your recipes, remember that their flavors range from slightly bitter and pungent for green peppers to mildly sweet for red peppers, so choose accordingly.
Bell peppers are delicious as dippers like in Cajun Bean Dip but that’s just the beginning. You can eat them raw, cooked, sautéed, roasted and even pickled. Here are some enticing ideas and recipes:
Raw and roasted bell peppers are super additions to lettuce, grain and pasta salads. This great, this Spicy Noodle Salad made with Asian noodles and bell peppers, and this colorful Cool Pasta Salad will impress your table.
Roasted peppers add earthy, sweet flavor to salads, salsas and appetizers. I love Roasted Peppers with Marinated Feta and Greek Olives with crusty, warmed Italian or French bread for lunch or a light meal.
Any color of bell pepper can be stuffed with grains, meats, legumes and other vegetables and baked for a wonderful meal like in these:
Add a variety of colorful peppers to scrambled eggs, omelets, frittatas and quiche. This Spanish Tortilla with Roasted Peppers and Spinach makes a great brunch dish.
Add peppers to soups, veggie stews and chili. Better For You Corn Chowder is a healthy variation made with veggies, herbs, a little cayenne and almondmilk.
Grill your favorite sausages and a variety of bell peppers at your next barbecue. Try this Grilled Sausage and Pepper Salad.
Marinate bell peppers to kick up the flavor! Sweet-and-sour peppers make a fun addition to these Smoked Ham Sandwiches with Marinated Peppers and Onions.
Make quesadillas, tacos and tostadas with bell peppers. Start with Grilled Chicken and Peppers with Arugula and build from there.
Add sliced or diced bell peppers to stir-fries. Try our Pork Stir-Fry with Asparagus, Peppers and Green Onions.
Sliced red bell peppers paired with mangoes make Mango Miso Tofu Salad a colorful vegan main course or hearty side dish.
Looking for a weeknight meal solution that doesn’t bore the table? Korean-Style Fish and Peppers with Rice Noodles with its roasted fish, sweet bell peppers, crunchy cucumbers and fresh herb will hit the spot.
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