I am in love with bell peppers which is why I grow them every summer. Now of course I buy them throughout the year, but there is just something about growing them in my containers.
Here are a few of the health benefits that come from bell peppers:
- Packed with vitamin A. Vitamin A acts as an antioxidant to boost immunity, can protect you from infection, keeps your skin smooth and help prevent certain cancers and heart disease
- They provide a high level of vitamin C. Vitamin C helps get rid of antioxidants in our body as well as produce collagen
- Both the folate and vitamin B6 in bell peppers also help ward off heart disease
- And lastly, the presence of fiber in bell peppers can help reduce high cholesterol and lower the risk of strokes
I am quite health conscious (besides the chips that I ate today and the Vanilla Pound Cake that I’m making for Memorial Day). But, with that being said, bell peppers do make a great snack. My favorite is fresh bell peppers dipped in ranch dressing. Yummy to my tummy!
If you are looking for a great way to serve bell peppers, then you need to stuff them. Here’s my recipe:
Shalynne’s Famous Stuffed Bell Peppers
- 6 medium-sized bell peppers (clean outside of peppers and scrape out the inside membrane. Do not slice up, leave whole. Peppers should be able to stand upright. If they do not stand up on their own, then slightly trim the bottom, being careful not cut a whole in the bottom)
- 2 lb of ground turkey (ground beef would also work but if using ground beef you must drain it after you brown it)
- 1 can of tomato paste (8 oz.)
- 1 cup of whole wheat rice
- 1 tbsp of Italian seasoning
- 1-1/2 tsp of salt
- 1 tsp of pepper
- 1 tbsp of sugar
- 1 cup of mozzarella cheese
- 2 cups of prepared pasta sauce of choice. (I prefer Ragu)
To prepare: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brown ground turkey in the salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. Put to side. Prepare rice according to directions on package. Mix cooked ground turkey, cooked rice, mozzarella cheese, sugar and tomato paste in medium-sized bowl. Spoon equal amounts of mixture inside each pepper. Drizzle prepared pasta sauce on the top of each stuffed bell pepper. Place in a baking pan and bake for 1 hour. Serve hot and enjoy!