Bell Peppers

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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Mushroom and Bell Pepper Scrambled Tofu

Mushroom, Pepper, Tofu Scramble recipe

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 Rachael Braun. more→

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Italian-Style “Sausage” and Peppers

Bell peppers of all colors

This homestyle Italian classic, updated with vegan sausage, makes a warming one-dish winter meal. It’s especially good served over cooked polenta. Mild, pale-green Italian frying peppers are commonly available in supermarkets and produce markets. more→

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Seitan Peppersteak

Here’s the Chinese restaurant classic, in a hearty, “beefy” vegan version using seitan in place of the real thing. It’s better this way!
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Wine-Braised Leeks with Red Peppers and Shiitakes

Cut leeks

This naturally well-flavored side dish of sweet leeks and bell peppers goes well with just about any kind of simple plant-based protein entrée. more→

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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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Rainbow Peppers and Red Onion

Bell peppers of all colors

This stir-fry of colorful bell peppers is a great addition to a late-summer meal. Toss it with some pasta, and you have dinner. more→

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