Bell Peppers

Orzo or Rice-Stuffed Bell Peppers

Orzo or rice-stuffed bell peppers

Stuffed bell peppers are a favorite comfort dish, and it’s so easy to create vegan variations. Orzo, a tiny, rice-shape pasta, makes a nice filling, as does medium-grain brown rice. With the addition of green peas and fresh herbs, this makes a satisfying main dish. Photos by Rachael Braun.

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Angel Hair Pasta with Chard and Bell Peppers

angel hair pasta with with chard and bell peppers

Fresh ingredients and pantry staples create a beautiful and nutritious dinner on the fly. This dish is equally delicious – if not more so – the next day. Recipe and photo courtesy of Betsy DiJulio, from The Blooming Platter Cookbook: A Harvest of Seasonal Vegan Recipes* (© 2011, Vegan Heritage Press). more→

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Roasted Potatoes with Bell Peppers and Onions

Roasted potatoes with bell peppers and onions recipe

This is a perfect accompaniment to Barbecue-Flavored Tofu Nuggets, and conveniently, they both bake at 425 degrees. Oven-roasting brings the best flavors out in veggies, so this needs only gentle seasoning. If you’re making the tofu nuggets as suggested, round out the meal with a simple salad or coleslaw. more→

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Skillet Roasted Corn with Red Peppers and Pumpkin Seeds

skillet roasted corn

Here’s a nice way to dress up fresh corn, when it’s in season — simply roasting the kernels in a hot skillet adds great flavor. Embellished with red bell pepper, chili peppers, and pumpkin seeds, this makes an ideal a side dish to Southwestern-style specialties and bean dishes, though really, it goes with just about anything.

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Sweet and Tangy Bell Pepper Salad

Sweet and Tangy Bell Pepper Salad

This appetizing salad of multicolored bell peppers is perfect to make when colorful bell peppers are plentiful. It goes well with pastas and grain dishes, and as a side dish for vegan burgers and wraps. Photos by Rachael Braun.

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Mushroom and Bell Pepper Scrambled Tofu

Tofu Scramble with Bell Peppers and Mushroom2

Soft tofu is a good choice for dishes in which it is crumbled, as in this veggie-filled, egg-free scramble. While this would certainly also make a good brunch or lunch dish, it also makes a wonderful light dinner with whole grain toast or sautéed potatoes, and some sliced oranges or other seasonal fresh fruit. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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Italian-Style “Sausage” and Peppers

Italian-style vegan sausage and peppers

The homestyle Italian classic, sausage and peppers, is updated with vegan sausage. It makes a hearty one-dish meal, good served with pasta, grains, or even soft polenta. Shown above, it’s paired with farro. Mild, pale-green Italian frying peppers that are occasionally available in supermarkets and produce markets make this more authentic, but using common bell peppers works just as well. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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Wine-Braised Leeks with Red Peppers and Shiitakes

Leeks with Bell Peppers and Shiitakes

This naturally well-flavored side dish of sweet leeks and bell peppers (plus tasty shiitake mushrooms) goes well with just about any kind of simple plant-based protein entrée — tofu, tempeh, beans, or grains. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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