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Produce Spotlight: Red Bell Peppers

How do I love red bell peppers? Let me count the ways… You can stuff them, roast them, julienne them, blend them, grill them, wrap them, and the list goes on.

What are some ways that you most enjoy red bell peppers?

The bell pepper is a controversial food as it has never clearly been decided a fruit or vegetable. Botanically, its considered a fruit, but in the culinary world, a vegetable. Regardless of which food group they belong to, we do know that red bell peppers provide a bountiful amount of nutrition.

Their bright color denotes their rich antioxidant potential, known to fight off cancer and other diseases. To be more specific, one cup of red bell peppers provides 195.8% of the daily value for Vitamin C!

You can enjoy their wonderfully sweet and tangy flavor in sandwiches, pasta dishes, salads, and in dips! When selecting your bell peppers, choose those that are firm and rich in color for best quality!

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

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Makes: 4 Servings

Prep Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium sized red peppers
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 (15-ounce) can of garbanzo beans, rinsed well and dried
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon salt

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 500°F.
  2. Place peppers on a baking sheet. Roast for 35-40 minutes turning twice. Allow them to char completely.
  3. Remove from the oven and allow the peppers to cool. Once they ready for handling, place them in a bowl, remove the stems and carefully peel away the skin and seeds.
  4. Place the roasted red peppers and all remaining ingredients into a food processor and puree.
  5. Add olive oil and salt to desired taste and serve!

Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 161 Calories, 6 g Fat, (<1 g Sat), 274 mg Sodium 22 g Carbohydrate, 6.8 g Fiber, 5.5 g Protein 

Article originally published on the Pathmark Live Better Blog

 

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