Superfood: Bell Peppers

Don't be fooled by the sweetness of bell peppers–they pack a powerful nutrition punch in the fight against disease.

  • Superfood: Bell Peppers
    By: Holley Johnson Grainger, M.S., R.D., MyRecipes, Photo: Oxmoor House

    Superfood: Bell Peppers

    Bright and beautiful red and green bell peppers have a sweet and tangy flavor and offer a bounty of health benefits. Bell peppers are excellent sources of vitamins C and A–antioxidants that neutralize free radicals, thus helping to reduce the risk of heart disease, some cancers, and cataracts, and to alleviate symptoms of arthritis and asthma. They also contain vitamin B6, folic acid, and fiber–all of which can help reduce risk of heart attack and stroke.

  • Roasted Bell Pepper-and-Olive Pizza
    By: Holley Johnson Grainger, M.S., R.D., MyRecipes

    Roasted Bell Pepper-and-Olive Pizza

    If arthritis or asthma is slowing you down, then rev up with this colorful pizza. Olives have vitamin E and monounsaturated fat which offer an anti-inflammatory effect, while bell peppers are loaded with antioxidants which may help alleviate the symptoms of arthritis and asthma by decreasing the buildup of free radicals.
  • Fennel-Pepper Slaw
    By: Holley Johnson Grainger, M.S., R.D., MyRecipes, Photo: Lisa Romerein; Styling: Karen Shinto

    Fennel-Pepper Slaw

    This slaw gives your health a triple boost of vitamin C from the fresh lemon juice, bell peppers, and fennel. Combined, they can help prevent disease, boost energy, and strengthen the immune system.
  • Pesto Halibut Kebabs
    By: Holley Johnson Grainger, M.S., R.D., MyRecipes, Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Pesto Halibut Kebabs

    The sweet red bell peppers in this four-ingredient, superfast dish complement the garlicky bite of pesto and are packed with potent, cancer-fighting antioxidants.
  • Grilled Portobello, Bell Pepper, and Goat Cheese Sandwiches
    By: Holley Johnson Grainger, M.S., R.D., MyRecipes, Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Grilled Portobello, Bell Pepper, and Goat Cheese Sandwiches

    Packed with vitamin C—rich red and yellow bell peppers and meaty-tasting portobellos, this pressed sandwich is ideal for a quick meatless lunch or a light supper.
  • Bell Pepper Chicken with Feta Orzo
    By: Holley Johnson Grainger, M.S., R.D., MyRecipes, Becky Luigart-Stayner; Melanie J. Clarke

    Bell Pepper Chicken with Feta Orzo

    Fight cancer and ward off heart disease with this simple weeknight meal. You'll love the combination of crunchy and sweet bell peppers with creamy and tangy feta cheese.
  • Roasted Red Pepper Soup
    By: Holley Johnson Grainger, M.S., R.D., MyRecipes, Howard L. Puckett

    Roasted Red Pepper Soup

    Bell peppers are most abundant in August and September, so make the soup during peak season to reap the nutritional and cost-efficient benefits. You can freeze extras for later in the year.
  • Garlic and Bell Pepper Farfalle
    By: Holley Johnson Grainger, M.S., R.D., MyRecipes, Karry Hosford

    Garlic and Bell Pepper Farfalle

    Featuring bell peppers and garlic, this fresh Italian meal offers a double dose of heart disease-fighting power.
  • Three-Pepper Beef
    By: Holley Johnson Grainger, M.S., R.D., MyRecipes, Becky Luigart-Stayner; Cindy Barr

    Three-Pepper Beef

    The compounds in the peppers that give them color are also the compounds that offer the health benefits, so the more colorful the dish, the more nutrients you're likely to get. This saucy Asian-style dish features a colorful array of peppers as well as green onions and sugar snap peas.
  • Sweet Pepper and Green Bean Risotto
    By: Holley Johnson Grainger, M.S., R.D., MyRecipes, Photo: Karry Hosford

    Sweet Pepper and Green Bean Risotto

    The star of this creamy rice dish is the red bell pepper, which contains lycopene to help reduce the risk of certain cancers and heart disease, and lutein and zeaxanthin which can help protect against macular degeneration.
  • Roasted Tricolored Peppers with Crostini
    By: Holley Johnson Grainger, M.S., R.D., MyRecipes, Photo: Jan Smith

    Roasted Tricolored Peppers with Crostini

    Don't limit the power of peppers to the dinner plate only–serve this colorful pepper mixture with toasted bread as a refreshingly easy appetizer.

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