Peppers are so underrated! I normally use the humble vegetable for toppings on pizzas or in curries but have realised that I have not been using them to their full potential. One fact I learned about peppers that shocked me is that they contain more vitamin C than oranges, kiwis and strawberries. Yes its true! They are so good for you. They are also jam packed full of other vitamins such as E, B1, B2 and A!
Now it might sound a little crazy but peppers taste really good in smoothies and here is a recipe for a vitamin enriched smoothie courtesy of “It’s Pepper Time,” which is an initiative to promote the use of peppers and widen their scope in recipes.
Orange Vitamin Hit
In a blender or juicer, blitz together 2 celery stalks, 2 carrots, 2 apples, 2 orange bell peppers and for some zestiness, the juice of 1 lime.
That’s it and you get a glass full of an orange delicious smoothie which will make you feel good. It is perfect for summer and to spruce it up a little further you could add some crushed ice and perhaps some lemon grass for some extra zest.
Not only do peppers taste good on pizzas, in curries and smoothies, you could blitz peppers to make dips for crisps to snack on in the park on nice hot lazy summer days, or cut them in strips and dip them in a dip of your choice or even just eat them raw in a salad! They are sweet, crunchy and one of my favourite ingredients.
The best part is that peppers come in all shapes and sizes, as well as a rainbow of colours. My favourite are the orange peppers although when I am using them on pizzas I love using the yellow, red and green bell peppers.
Do you use peppers in your cooking? I would love to know in the comments section below.
For more information about the campaign “It’s Pepper Time” check out their Facebook page Colourful Taste.