Red, Orange, and Yellow Bell Peppers – Colorful, Healthy, Delicious
Red, orange, and yellow bell peppers are packed with health benefits—they have lots of vitamins and are low in calories. They’re a super source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium. Bell peppers also contain a healthy dose of fiber, folate, and iron.
The claim that went viral that green bell peppers are actually either red, orange, or yellow peppers picked before they’ve fully ripened is not entirely true. Yes, some of the green peppers sold in the stores are unripe red peppers, but there truly is also a green variety of bell pepper that remains green when fully mature. There are also white bell peppers and purple ones, too!
Red, orange, and yellow bell peppers have very similar health benefits to one another—for example, they are all low-caloric, and contain similar amounts of vitamin A and vitamin C. Red Bell Peppers also contain lycopene, an antioxidant or carotenoid that helps fight free radicals in your body. Yellow and orange bell peppers are also rich in carotenoids.
Bell peppers are a delicious and healthy addition to many recipes. Here are a couple unique ones that we love.
Mediterranean Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
Slice open bell peppers (choose a few different colors!) and roast them for 30 minutes on 350 while you prepare the filling.
Sautee shallots and garlic in olive or avocado oil, and add quinoa, chopped pistachios, parsley, paprika, oregano, and lemon to the mixture. Stuff the roasted peppers with the filling and sprinkle the top with feta. See the details here from A Couple Cooks.
Mexican Style Stuffed Peppers
Also inspired by A Couple Cooks, we love this simple stuffed peppers recipe. As above, we like to roast the peppers while we prepare the filling. It’s a real time-saver, especially with fast-cooking whole grain millet which only takes 20 minutes to prepare. It’s gluten free, too. Add pinto beans, salsa, cilantro, and cumin to your millet mixture and fill the roasted peppers. You can also grate a little cheddar or jack on top and put them back in the oven for 5 minutes to have a melty cheese topping.
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