Bell Peppers

Rainbow Peppers and Red Onion

Rainbow Pepper and Red Onion

This stir-fry of colorful bell peppers is an especially nice addition to summer meals, but you can make it any time of year. Use it as a side dish, toss it with pasta, or top a pizza with it. Recipe contributed by Susan Jane Cheney. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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Baked Eggplant and Peppers

Baked eggplant and peppers

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 (or serve over grains or pasta) 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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Spanish Bell Pepper Sauté

Colorful bell peppers

Summer is the perfect time to make the luscious Spanish classic, piperade, when peppers of all colors are abundant and relatively inexpensive. This is a great partner for most any sort of pasta dish, hot or cold, or to serve alongside a summertime sandwich. Use leftovers to fill fajitas. more→

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Corn-Stuffed Peppers

Corn-stuffed bell peppers recipe

This attractive recipe is quite common in old southern cookbooks. I suggest making it in late summer, when the evenings begin getting cool enough to allow  baking. Using fresh sweet corn and a combination of both green and red bell peppers, this colorful preparation is an enticing dish for company.

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