#Before you start rolling your eyes and saying: “red peppers aren’t vegetables! they are fruits!” –I know -botanically, peppers, tomatoes, avocados, corn, okra, eggplants, zucchini, and string beans- are all fruits disguised as veggies.
(I actually didn’t know that corn and eggplants were fruit. well-if we’re being honest, I didn’t know okra and avocados were either).
That really doesn’t leave any “real veggies” on the veggie list, does it?
But- sorry- who cares?? they are so healthy and yummy, and versatile, easy to use, fun to eat -for all I care you can call them whatever you wish.
These long sweet red peppers have been my favorite snack/salad component lately, and here is an example fresh from the salad bowl-
spinach, sweet long red peppers, mujadara- home made-because there really isn’t anything easier to make than that+ tahini dressing (OK- maybe this is easier than the mujadara) -really couldn’t be happier -in 5 minutes of work. ( because I made the mujadara yesterday that’s why).
#quick mujadara: when you get up in the morning- put a cup of green lentils to soak in hot/boiling water- I mean let them soak- the lentils like to drink up the water apparently- you may have to give them more- then go about doing whatever it is you do in the morning. come back after hour-the lentils are half soft already. yay.
Cut 2 onions and a few garlic cloves, fry with a drizzle of olive oil, salt& pepper, and any other condiment you like, add the soaked lentils, then- let fry for 10 minutes adding a cup of boiling water to the pan halfway through.
Meanwhile- in the same bowl you used to soak the lentils- soak a cup of bulgur-again with boiling water.
when the lentils are almost tender but not too mushi!- add the soaked bulgur- and stir .drizzle the juice of 2 lemons, and let simmer for a few minutes. c’est tout.
Freezes great. tastes great. super healthy and full of complete protein.
#Tahini dressing? oh- this is really the easiest: just mix equal parts tahini and cold water, add some salt to taste, a juice of a lemon, e voila!
So what’s so special about the sweet red pepper? it’s sweet! I am not joking here- this is serious stuff, nothing to joke about.
We, humans, love the sweet taste, and I am aware that I do too, and I accept that.
My coping mechanism is simple -why fight it if you can benefit from it?
Since I stopped baking vegan cakes (read here why: Why I stopped baking vegan cakes.) I feel free to indulge myself with Medjool dates, oranges, pears, homemade granola, and these sweet long red peppers.
I’ve heard that there are dietitians out there telling people to avoid peppers because they are sweet- so accused of being full of “bad sugar”.
I am not a dietitian- neither registered or unregistered- I am merely trying to use common sense here.
In my layman’s opinion- diets are made to fail if a person is denied red peppers or any other fruits and veggies- because they contain sugar.
I am probably biased, being vegan for 8.5 years now, but if there is anything that can keep me eating healthy food, and not feeling “punished” or whatever- is the abundance of fruits and veggies I eat every day.
In my salads, on their own, with my porridge, as snacks-
I don’t count how many fruits I eat, and I personally- being a layman- think that eating fruits and veggies that are tasty -is something to appreciate- not avoid.
So I looked online to see what the health benefits of sweet red peppers were: and found out that they are made mostly of water, some carbs, and mainly vitamins- vitamin A, B, E, and mainly vitamin C (169% of the RDI intake of vitamin c- more-much more than oranges!) plus antioxidants, so really -if you think about it– people should be encouraged to eat peppers every day so that they can keep a healthy long-lasting healthy diet for life- not a crush 20 day eat only sad things and lose 10pounds which will quickly climb back when you inevitably go back to eating like you used to because who wants to eat sad things all day every day?”.
Here is a link to all the nutritional values of sweet red peppers- check it out yourselves:
As usual-go check this for yourselves-and make the decision that is right for you-
The important thing is to be happy with your food and keep a healthy lifestyle. with or without peppers. (preferably with).
Enjoy- the cooliflower.
I am not a medical/health/emotional/financial /nutrition or any other kind of expert as far as it concerns the contents of this blog, therefore anything written on the blog is not to be taken as any kind of advice, and should you choose to rely on anything I write on this blog- you are doing it at your own risk and at your own responsibility.