Got a winter cold? Don't rush out and buy all the bottles of Vitamin C you can find or load up on the pain meds. Simply add foods that are rich in the vitamin like red bell peppers, oranges, lemons, greens, mushrooms, and kiwi. Many fruits and vegetables are good sources, but these are especially high. Always select organic when you can, but don't go without them if you can't find organic varieties.
Recently, I've been trying to add more variety to my diet. I bought 7 red bell peppers and have been snacking on one with some fresh hummus ( chickpea dip) daily. Its a great snack and a way to get in my daily dose of Vitamin C. I also bought some oranges.
Combat the winter cough, and cold with Vitamin C in this delicious recipe featuring the lovely little bell pepper.
Righteous Red Bells and 'Shrooms
-2 red bell peppers
- 1/2 onion
- 1 large package of mushrooms
- garlic powder or a few pieces of minced garlic
- coarse ground black pepper
-2 tbsp. extra- virgin olive oil ( or canola)
1. Wash the mushrooms and let drain in the sink in a colander.
2. Meanwhile, chop the pepper . The easiest way to do this is to take a knife, go around the stem on the top of the pepper with a knife and just simply cut out the seeded core. You may have a few loose seeds, but just brush them off. Then, just cut the remaining pepper into strips and then again in half. You want about 1 inch pieces that are fairly thin.
3. Chop the onion into fine pieces and place the pieces with the pepper pieces in a bowl .
4. Toss all of the pieces with olive oil, garlic and pepper.
5. Place on the baking pan in the oven for 45 minutes at 375. Sprinkle additional spices if desired.
6. Meanwhile, in a skillet, saute the mushrooms in the olive oil and black pepper 10 minutes before the peppers are to be finished. When you remove the peppers and onions from the oven, add them to the skillet with the mushrooms and saute all together, tossing well, 2 more minutes.
You get a DELICIOUS rich dish that is fabulous !
Serve on top of brown rice, quinoa ( fluffy rice alternative that is gluten free and high in protein), or my favorite, wild rice.
Serve with broccoli and cauliflour and a baked potato for a veggie meal. Top the potato with 1 oz. of sliced almonds or walnuts
Serve with some salmon, shrimp or tuna
Place it in a pasta dish
Use it with scrambled eggs for a yummy breakfast
I could go on and on. You could just eat this as it is for a snack which is always satisfying.
DID YOU KNOW? Red Bell peppers are the sweetest of red, yellow, orange and green. They are also higher in nutrients as well!