Bell peppers are quite rich in antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, most notably Vitamin C. These vibrantly colored vegetables have been associated with health benefits ranging from improved eye health to anemia prevention and reduced risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Add more bell peppers to your meals with the recipes linked below.
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Make it a Full Plate Meal: Serve two stuffed peppers with a side salad and steamed carrots, cauliflower and broccoli.
75% fiber foods – bell peppers, zucchini, onion, garlic, farro, cannellini beans, crushed tomatoes, fresh basil, salad, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli
25% foods – mozarella cheese, parmesan cheese, oil, salad dressing
Recipe Note: Use only 1 cup mozzarella cheese and 1 tablespoon of olive oil to reduce the amount of fat in the recipe.
Make it a Full Plate Meal: Pack your wrap with a side of hummus and veggies to dip - baby carrots, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes.
75% fiber foods – butternut squash, bell pepper, hummus, spinach, avocado, baby carrots, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes
25% foods – whole wheat wrap, olive oil, feta
75% fiber foods – black beans, watermelon, bell peppers, cucumbers, red onion, garlic, fresh chives, mint, lettuce, fresh salsa, avocado
25% foods – fish, oil, corn tortillas
Make it a Full Plate Meal: This vibrant salad pairs up well with brown rice and edamame. Feel free to add your own 25% item such as grilled chicken or tofu.
75% fiber foods – brown rice, romaine lettuce, green cabbage, purple cabbage, red bell pepper, bean sprouts, snap peas, carrots, onion, cilantro, edamame
25% foods – dressing, chicken or tofu, almonds, sesame seeds
Make it a Full Plate Meal: Try two tacos with a side of refried beans, sautéed spinach, avocado and . Honeydew melon will finish the meal off nicely. In a hurry? Use a can of fat-free refried beans instead of making your own from scratch.
75% fiber foods – zucchini, onion, bell pepper, avocado, refried beans, spinach, tomatoes, honeydew
25% foods – corn tortillas