Dinner

Pick a Peck of Green Peppers for Your Kids’ Dinner Tonight

Bell peppers were a vegetable that I didn’t like as a kid. Even as an adult, I had to eat them in a lot of different ways before I liked them. They had to “grow on me.” So don’t expect your picky eater to fall head over heels for every vegetable. You’re laying the foundation for a healthy life by offering healthy and nutritious, fresh and delicious foods in a variety of ways and across years. Nevertheless, here’s a little ammunition in your battle for a healthy family lifestyle.

Green peppers are loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, they also are low on the glycemic index. That means that diabetics can eat them without worry regarding insulin levels. They’re surprisingly low in fat, even for a vegetable, and they are versatile across styles of cooking and presentation. Here’s are some good ideas to try out in fostering a love of bell peppers with your family.

Serve it raw. I can serve just about any raw vegetable to my family, and it will get eaten up as long as there’s a yogurt-based dip next to it. Most of my family goes for a ranch dip, but one of my sons loves dill-flavored dip.

Saute thinly sliced peppers with a thinly sliced onions and serve it over a bed of buttered pasta. With salt and pepper, and parmesan if your kids will go for it, this is an easy and simple dinner that is really delicious.

Here’s a recipe for the prettiest and funnest way to serve green peppers. It’s easy and you can change out so many of the ingredients to customize it to your family’s taste. I hope you love it as much as my family does.

4 bell peppers (any color) with their tops cut off and then deseeded

1 onion, diced

1 clove garlic, smashed and diced

1 lb. lean ground beef OR 2 cups cooked, white beans OR 2 cups diced firm tofu

1 15 oz. can stewed Italian Style or Mexican Style tomatoes

2 cups cooked white or brown rice

Salt and pepper to taste; tabasco and Worcestershire sauce to taste

Mozzarella cheese

If using tofu or beans as the protein of this main dish, sauté onions in 1 tsp. olive oil for 5 minutes. Then add tofu or beans until heated through. Then add garlic.

If using lean ground beef, sauté onion and ground beef together until cooked thoroughly. Then add garlic.

Add salt and pepper and other spices, to taste. Add tomatoes and rice and mix thoroughly. Divide the mixture between the bell peppers and top with mozzarella cheese. Place stuffed peppers in an 8X8 baking dish and add ½ cup water to dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes and serve warm.

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