AIf you’re reading this, chances are peppers aren’t a significant part of your daily diet. Many people miss out on the nutritional benefits of peppers simply because they don’t realize how accessible and tasty peppers can be when prepared properly. Peppers are low in calories and sugar and high in essential vitamins and minerals.
Not only that, they are versatile fruits as well, able to be incorporated into many different foods and food types. Peppers often fall under the radar in favor of more conventional fruits and spices, but that’s all the more reason for you to add them to your recipes at home. Here are three easy ways to add pepper into your diet today.
Pepper jelly is a less popular but nonetheless delicious condiment to use for your meals to make them tasty and healthy. Due to the unique flavor of the peppers the jelly is made from, pepper jelly is both sweet and spicy, leaving a wonderful array of aromas to enjoy.
Pepper jelly goes especially well with meat, poultry, and fish, so save it for the main course the next time you’re having a big dinner. Whether you layer it on a dish while it cooks or savor some pepper jelly dip on the side, pepper jelly can add much-needed spice to your meals that you won’t find with anything else. It comes in a variety of flavors, too, like habanero, mango, and jalapeño, so try as many as you can.
Grilled Red Pepper Dip
Another dip that doesn’t have quite the same consistency as jelly, but carries all the spiciness, grilled red pepper dip is something that you’ll have to taste to believe. Just grill peppers with rosemary and garlic, then blend them with sun-dried tomatoes for a creamy spread with the consistency of butter.
With a mixture of cheese, garlic, and minced peppers (red peppers are standard, but experimentation is the king of innovation), this dip will make you, your friends, and your family gush at the flavor. Try this dip with any snack food such as chips, pretzels, or pita chips to instantly make it tastier and more interesting. Your dinners and lunches will thank you.
Roasted Cauliflower and Red Pepper Soup
With autumn and colder weather on the way, you’re probably looking for something hot to tide you over. Adding red peppers to your soup is sure to make your fall and winter that much tastier.
Cream-based soups aren’t known for being the healthiest thing to eat during the winter months, but this meal’s base of cauliflower and red peppers makes it both delicious and healthier than the alternatives. Combine that with chicken, sweet onions, and cayenne peppers, and you’ve got a soup that everyone in your home will love. Serve it at a family get-together in need of a vegetable option or on a cold night by yourself. Regardless, this soup is a great meal to add to your daily diet.