Cooking this week with red bell peppers
There’s no better time than right now to cook with summer’s freshest produce. We’ve already given you avocado, zucchini, and mango recipes, but this week we’re changing things up a bit and cooking with red bell peppers!
This sweet-tasting veggie at its prime right now and will help you stay healthy due to its high nutrient content.
Red bell peppers are high in antioxidants, which help fight off free radical cells that cause certain cancers in the body, such as stomach, colon, breast and prostate. These peppers also are a good source of vitamins C, E, and A, which are known to keep your skin healthy.
This veggie is versatile and can be grilled, sautéed, roasted or just eaten raw! You can’t go wrong with incorporating this summer superfood into your meals, with only 25 calories in one cup!
Here are 5 recipes with red bell peppers we chose for you this week:
Monday: Roast chicken with balsamic red peppers
The red peppers in this chicken dish are sautéed with olive oil, fat-free chicken broth and vinegar. Enjoy this flavorful, low-carb meal at less than 300 calories!
Per serving: 292 calories; 9.3g fat, 8.8g carbohydrates, 40.9g protein, 1.7g fiber
Tuesday: Sweet potato and red pepper pasta
The whole-wheat pasta and veggies in this dish make this vegetarian meal extra healthy. Plus, the sweet potatoes provide a great source of Vitamin A and other nutrients.
Per serving: 402 calories; 12g fat, 62g carbohydrates, 12g protein, 9g fiber
Wednesday: Five spice shrimp and vegetable packets
With just a few veggies, shrimp, and Chinese five-spice powder, you’ll have this flavorful, protein-packed oriental dish. One serving will give you 90% of your daily Vitamin C intake!
Per serving: 365 calories; 15g fat, 23g carbohydrates, 33g protein, 3g fiber
Thursday: Kung pao tofu
Here’s another simple, low-cal vegetarian dish. All you need to do is stir-fry the veggies, tofu and seasoning together and you’ll have this low-fat dish ready in just 30 minutes!
Per serving: 200 calories; 11g fat, 16g carbohydrates, 12g protein, 5g fiber
Friday: Roasted red pepper and olive pizza
Enjoy this healthy pizza at just 104 calories per serving. In addition to the health benefits you’ll get from the red bell peppers, you’ll also get a good source of Vitamin E and monounsaturated fat from the olives.
Per serving: 104 calories; 3.2g fat, 15.5g carbohydrates, 4.6g protein, 2.1g fiber