Bell Peppers

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

Bell pepper varieties

 

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. more→

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Penne or Ziti with Roasted Eggplant, Bell Peppers and Olives

Eggplant and bell peppers

This delightful pasta dish, filled with roasted eggplant and peppers, will pique your senses. Make it for a family dinner, buffet entrée, or potluck dish. It could even make a great barbecue side dish, if you cook the veggies on the grill instead of in the oven.

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Baked Eggplant and Peppers

Eggplant varieties

Eggplant and peppers, two companionable vegetables, are combined in a delicious casserole with a creamy, cheesy (vegan) topping. Serve with a simple grain or pasta dish and a colorful salad augmented by beans or chickpeas. more→

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Tofu Shakshouka (Middle-Eastern inspired scramble)

Tofu Shakshouka (Middle Eastern inspired scramble)

Common to many regional Middle Eastern cuisines, this is one of those super simple dishes that, with the right ingredients, is amazingly tasty. Especially welcome as a fast summer dish, this is a good showcase for the abundance of delicious tomatoes in season. Shakshouka, in its original version, is made with eggs; in this vegan rendition, only one change needs to be made—tofu replaces the eggs. Serve with hummus, tabouleh, and fresh pita for a brunch for guests, or with a sautéed potatoes and a platter of raw veggies and olives for dinner. more→

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Stacked Squash and Bell Pepper Enchiladas

Colorful bell peppers

Here’s a vegetable-filled variation of the traditional stacked cheese enchilada. Using vegan cheese, summer squashes, and bell peppers, these are a snap to make. Serve with baked sweet potatoes and a big salad. more→

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Grill-Roasted Peppers

Grilled red peppers

Fresh roasted red peppers say “summertime.” Their understated sweetness catapults so many foods to the next flavor level. Roasted red peppers taste terrific atop crusty bread, seasoned with fresh basil, salt, pepper, olive oil and enjoyed with a glass of dry rose. They can also elevate a humble sandwich from drab to fab. For an easy summer dinner, try them, thinly sliced, tossed with some arugula and served over whole wheat pasta with a dousing of best-quality extra-virgin olive oil.

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Roasted Red Bell Pepper Soup

Roasted red bell pepper soup

Roasting red bell peppers in the oven gives them a rich, smoky flavor that in turn creates a deeply flavorful soup. This is good served hot or chilled and is a good first course for most any kind of meal.
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