Summer veggies like zucchini and eggplant are blessed with a myriad of vegetarian recipes to enjoy, but when it comes to the lowly red pepper, it seems to stop at stuffed peppers. Well, no longer: this week, we're highlighting meatless recipes featuring the red bell pepper, this delicious vegetable chock full of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and magnesium. Red peppers are naturally sweet, bringing a delicious flavor to any recipe. Their red color also adds a vibrant quality to recipes. Here are some of our favorite recipes from around the web including red peppers.
Asparagus, Red Pepper and Potato Frittata
A frittata is similar to an omelette, only it's finished in the oven. Frittatas are easier to share, as they can be cut into slices, much like spanish tortilla or crustless quiche. Our very own asparagus, red pepper and potato frittata is a beautiful way to highlight the bright colors of these naturally vibrant vegetables. For breakfast, lunch or dinner, this frittata will soon become part of your repertoire.
Oven-Baked Red Pepper Risotto
From the Organic Authority Files
Not only does is this oven-baked red pepper risotto recipe made easier thanks to its cooking in the oven instead of on the stovetop, but it highlights the beautiful color of the red peppers. Frozen roasted red peppers are called for, but you can (and should!) make your own homemade roasted red peppers. Using your own red peppers will make this risotto all the more delicious!
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Use any leftover roasted peppers in your very own homemade roasted red pepper hummus. Hummus-lovers will love our red pepper version, which is just a bit sweeter than traditional red pepper hummus. It goes really great with goat or feta cheese, as an hors d'oeuvre, or simply served with pita chips or fresh vegetables for dipping. Use it as a spread in your sandwiches to replace mayonnaise or mustard.
Butternut Squash and Red Pepper Casserole
As we move into fall (hate to say it, but soon it'll be true!), this butternut squash and red pepper casserole is a great combination! This delicious vegetarian casserole is hearty enough to serve on its own. Even your meat-eating friends will be clambering for seconds. If you like, you can even add pumpkin in place of some of the butternut squash for more variety.