Foods by Color: Bell Peppers

This week my mom, sister and I ventured to San Francisco with my kids to check out the Ferry Building Marketplace and Farmers Market.  Although Tuesday isn’t the best market day (Saturday is) there was still a lot of beautiful produce and goodies for sale.  We were delighted by the discovery of peacotums (which are a combination of peaches, apricots and plums), I couldn’t believe how many mushroom varieties there were and I fell in love with all the beautiful bell peppers in colors I had never seen before.  Bell Peppers are one of my favorite foods lately and I love how versatile they are, starring in appetizers,  salads, and main dishes.  Bell peppers are on of those foods (like brussels sprouts and mushrooms) that as a child I hated but have grown to love.  I remember certain family members always having bell peppers in their salads and being so confused as to how anyone could eat those weird crunchy vegetables on purpose and actually enjoy them.  But my “taste buds have matured” as my grandpa told me they would and I almost always have bell peppers in my fridge now and am even growing some in my garden. Mushrooms, Peacotums and Colorful Bell Peppers at the Ferry Building in SF

Health Benefits

Not only are bell peppers gorgeous, crunchy and sometimes even a little sweet, they also have some amazing health benefits. Bell Peppers contain carotenoids, vitamin C, vitamin E, B vitamins, folate and fiber.  Bell Peppers come in green, red, yellow, orange, purple, brown, and white.  The red, orange and yellow ones have a sweetness to them, while the orange and purple ones are slightly bitter. (I love the sweeter ones, Rick loves the green ones….)

Selection and Storage

When selecting bell peppers choose ones with deep vibrant colors, tight skin and ones free of soft spots or dark areas.  The stems should be green and fresh looking and the pepper should feel heavy for their size. You can store bell peppers in the crisper in the refrigerator for 7 to 10 days.

Bell Pepper Recipe Round-Up
20 delicious bell pepper recipes

roasted pepper goat cheese flatbreadRoasted Pepper and Goat Cheese Flatbread from Home Sweet Jones

bell pepper egg in a holeBell Pepper Egg in a Hole from Martha Stewart

three cheese ravioli in roasted red pepper sauceThree Cheese Ravioli in Roasted Red Pepper Sauce from Baking with Blondie

roasted red pepper pesto pastaRoasted Red Pepper Pesto Pasta from A Cozy Kitchen

polenta stuffed peppersPolenta Stuffed Peppers from Martha Stewart

roasted red pepper macaroni and cheeseRoasted Red Pepper Macaroni and Cheese from Know Your Produce

quinoa tabboulehQuinoa Tabbouleh from The Kitchy Kitchen

roasted red pepper soupRoasted Red Pepper Soup from Good Life Eats

super cheesy kale and roasted red pepper pasta bakeSuper Cheesy Kale and Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Bake from Baker by Nature

mini pepper nachos with corn an black beansMini Pepper Nachos with Corn and Black Beans from Closet Cooking

quinoa stuffed peppersQuinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers from Eat Yourself Skinny

spanish tortilla with bell peppersSpanish Tortilla with Bell Peppers from Martha Stewart

Feta Stuffed Bell Pepper Recipe | Rainbow DeliciousFeta Stuffed Bell Peppers from Rainbow Delicious

spinach and bell pepper pita pizzasSpinach and Bell Pepper Pita Pizzas from Martha Stewart

quinoa stuffed bell peppersQuinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers from Damn Delicious

tri legume salad stuffed peppersTri-Legume Salad Stuffed Peppers from Nutrition Stripped

slow cooker veggie fajitasSlow Cooker Veggie Fajitas from Amuse Your Bouche

green olive pesto pizza with roasted red peppers and feta stuffed crustGreen Olive Pesto Pizza with Feta Stuffed Crust, Roasted Red Peppers and Balsamic Drizzle from Half Baked Harvest

guacamole creamy cojita confetti salsa party dipTriple Layer Guacamole Creamy Cotija Salsa Dip from Soup Addict

open faced enchilada veggie quesadillasOpen Faced Enchilada Veggie Quesadillas from from Two Peas and Their Pod Via Tasty Kitchen

Eat more Bell Peppers!

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