The Power of Peppers
I am always looking for innovative ways to increase my vegetable intake. But....how do you do this without being a slave in the kitchen or getting bored?
Make your own salad dressing! I LOVE to make my own salad dressing as it is easy and rewarding. Plus, making your own dressing is a healthy way to enjoy a salad.
I adore peppers for the diversity of color....red, green, yellow, orange, purple and black! What color is best? All peppers are excellent as each variety contains a unique set of nutrients. All peppers contain excellent anti-cancer fighting properties due to phytonutrients that attack free radicals. Peppers will also decrease inflammation which can decrease your risk for chronic diseases. Plus, peppers are a surprising source of vitamin C! And, peppers come with flavor and spice, allowing a cook to turn up the heat.
I had an abundance of red peppers and came up with this recipe for Roasted Red Pepper Vinaigrette. I roasted my own red peppers, but if you don't have time to do this, feel free to use store bought roasted red peppers.
Roasting your own red peppers takes approximately 40 minutes in an oven temperature of 425 degrees. I turned the peppers every 10 minutes. Even though this was time consuming, I highly recommend roasting your own as the peppers were very meaty....and it is really easy. Remove the seeds, place the peppers on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, and roast for 40 minutes! However, the next time I make this recipe I would not bother with roasting the pepper tops as it was nearly impossible to peel off the skin.
Once the peppers have reached the roasting level you want, wrap up the peppers in the parchment paper and let them rest for 20-30 minutes. Remove as much of the skin as possible to make the dressing silky and smooth.
I don't know about you, but I have been through my share of food processors and blenders. I have not been disappointed with my Homgeek Blender...it is amazing! It is powerful, with several different settings; smoothies/soups/ice crusher/frozen dessert. Plus, it is affordable and easy to clean.
I hope you enjoy the Roasted Red Pepper Vinaigrette which can be found under the recipe section.
Healthy Food, Healthy Body, Healthy Mind
Susie Young, RD CSO
Garden Girl Nutrition