If you visit your local farmer’s market this week, you won’t be able to miss the abundance of colorful bell peppers available, ranging from your standard green and red to purple, orange and even brown! This amazing vegetable is delicious eaten raw and adds incredible flavor to dishes when it is sautéed. Not only that, but bell peppers are really good for you!
Boasting Vitamin C levels that rival the mighty orange, bell peppers are very nutrient-dense. They supply a variety of nutrients, including Vitamins A and B6, folate, molybdenum, and potassium; and also contain many phytonutrients such as quercetin, lutein, zeaxanthin, and cinnamic acid. These antioxidants are known for fighting oxidative stress and inflammation in order for our bodies to heal properly.
Pick your favorite color bell peppers to make the Easy Stuffed Pepper recipe below.
Easy Stuffed Peppers
2 tbsp avocado oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bell pepper, diced
1 medium zucchini
2 medium carrots
1lb grass-fed ground beef
2 tbsp tomato paste
2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp paprika
salt to taste
1/4-1/2 cup broth
3 bell peppers, whole
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Cut the top off the peppers and scrape out the seeds. Place on a baking sheet in the oven for 10 minutes while you prepare the filling.
Heat the avocado oil in a large skillet. Add the onion, garlic and bell pepper and sauté until translucent. Add in the zucchini and carrots and cook for 2 minutes. Add the ground beef to the skillet and cook until no longer pink. Drain off any excess fat, if desired. Add the tomato paste and spices and cook for another few minutes, adding the broth to thin out the mixture if necessary. Scoop the mixture into the peppers and place on the baking sheet. Bake for another 10 minutes until the peppers are soft. Enjoy with a side of guacamole!
We’d love to hear from you; please let us know how you like this recipe when you try it! To have a more thorough discussion about how foods impact your health, please contact Pure Nutrition + Wellness at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 844-787-3935.
Donna Stephens, BCN, CNHP, LDHS
Kristin Stephens, MS, NTP