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DRBEEZ
Posts: 104
6/18/10 10:35 P

I can't say I'm a huge fan, but I did try orange/yellow bells recently and really enjoyed them. Just tonight I made a Sparks Recipe (Ginger Beef) and added strips of orange bell pepper to the stir-fry and it was divine!

Thanks for the over-stuffed pepper recipe -- can't wait to try it!



COLUSASKYE
Posts: 52
6/18/10 8:17 P

I'm not really big on bell peppers except in fajitas.



BUBBLEBEAR
Posts: 142
6/18/10 11:38 A

They are great diced up in brown rice to give it a flavor other than blan.



STAMPINGADDICT
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6/17/10 8:24 A

emoticon LOVE THEM! emoticon
We eat them raw, chopped in salads, in chilli, stir-fries...
I always buy bushels of them in the fall, dice or slice them and freeze. This way I always have peppers for cooking in the winter at a fraction of the price!



FLAMINGOLESLIE
Posts: 1,402
6/17/10 1:40 A

I LOVE almost all kinds of peppers! Didn't used to like bell peppers but I do now! emoticon

Edited by: FLAMINGOLESLIE at: 6/17/2010 (01:40)


SOFTBALLFREAK2
Posts: 38
6/16/10 10:56 P

love peppers and have them in my garden ever year, planted banana peppers for a couple of yrs cause my friend loves them, we she might have told me that they are HOT.....so if you like hot stuff try banana peppers. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Edited by: SOFTBALLFREAK2 at: 6/16/2010 (22:58)


HAHAROBYN
Posts: 47
6/16/10 8:40 P

I love Bell Peppers raw and cooked :)



MSWANDACHAN
Posts: 508
6/15/10 3:43 P

Unfortunately, I kinda hate bell peppers whether they are cooked or raw, so I vote gross.



SOPHIE3440
Posts: 32
6/15/10 12:28 P

sounds so good......I may try this recipe later this week..thanks for sharing the Mexican Overstuffed peppers recipe

Edited by: SOPHIE3440 at: 6/15/2010 (12:29)


SOPHIE3440
Posts: 32
6/15/10 12:26 P

love them..love them in red, green and yellow...love them sauteed with onions in an omelet, love them raw in veggie/pasta salads, love them on pizza and love them stuffed



RGDSGAL
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6/13/10 3:57 P

I don't like bell peppers raw, but I like to use them in stir-fry and fajitas with onions.



STARBUCKCOOKS
Posts: 314
6/11/10 11:21 A

I wouldn't consider myself a bell pepper fan at all unless they've been cooked to "death", but I recently needed to use up a few grilled them! I sliced them up, put them in a foil pouch, drizzled them with a touch of EVOO, salt, pepper and fresh garlic, then grilled/steamed until my chicken was done. Really, really tasty!



TEDDIANGEL
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6/10/10 12:33 A

I never cared for them until I had a veggie pizza at an Italian Pizza Parlor that had little strips of fresh red/green peppers on it. Then, when my daughter and I went on a diet (at a later date), we cut up little strips of pepper to eat inbetween meals. ......Start with the fresh ones. They will slosly "grow" on you! Now, I like them fresh or cooked! Actually, the red ones have the most vitamin content in them and are the sweetest tasting.

Edited by: TEDDIANGEL at: 6/10/2010 (00:34)


TREKFAN
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6/9/10 3:51 P

I like bell pepper of all colors, cooked and raw. However, I just discovered (SparkPeople article) that they are in the top three of the dirty dozen fruits and vegetables list, surpassed only by peaches and apples, for being contaminated with pesticides. Which means that organic is the only way to go. That makes even the green ones more expensive. So count yourself lucky if you don't like peppers?




VRLILLIS
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6/9/10 8:54 A

I LOVE bell peppers!



ASK4JJG
Posts: 1,795
6/6/10 12:39 P

Mexican Style Overstuffed Peppers

10 ounces 93% extra-lean ground beef
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 can (4 ounces) mild chopped green chilies
1/2 cup frozen corn kernels
1/4 cup cornmeal
1/2 of 8-ounce can tomato sauce, divided use
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large green bell peppers, split in half lengthwise, seeds
and stem removed (about 8 ounces each)
2 ounces shredded, reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese (2/3 cup)

1. Preheat oven to 375F.

2. Heat a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Cook beef until browned. Remove skillet from heat and drain beef on paper towels. Return beef to skillet. Add onion, chilies, corn, cornmeal, 1/4 cup tomato sauce, cumin and salt. Mix
well.

3. Arrange peppers, cut side up, in a 12 x 8-inch baking pan. Spoon equal amounts of the beef mixture into each pepper half. Spoon remaining 1/4 cup tomato sauce evenly over each pepper half. Pepper halves will be very full. Bake, uncovered, 35 minutes or until peppers are tender.

4. Sprinkle each pepper half with equal amounts of the cheese. (Cheese does not have to melt). Serve immediately or cool and freeze.

5. To freeze, place each pepper half in 1-quart freezer resealable plastic food storage bags. Release any excess air from bags and seal. Freeze bags flat for easier storage and faster thawing.

6. To reheat, open the food storage bag and place on a microwave-safe plate. Cook on HIGH for 3 to 31/2 minutes or until hot. Remove from bag and place on plate.

Makes 4 servings (1/2 pepper per serving)

Dietary Exchanges: 1 Starch, 1 Vegetable, 2 Meat, 1/2 Fat

Nutrition per serving
Cal.: 232, Cal. from Fat: 32%, Total Fat: 8g, Sat 5g, Carb.: 19g, Protein: 21g, Chol.: 36mg, Sodium: 704mg, Fiber: 4g




OLYGIRL1
Posts: 1,193
6/5/10 3:25 P

Love bell pepper in so many things. Great in omelets.
I grow them, and freeze whole at the end of the season to use in sauces.



MOLLYFISH8
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6/3/10 10:41 A

I LOVE bell peppers! I prefer them raw, though, and cooked green ones are my least favorite. Sliced red pepper with hummus is one of my favorite quick snacks.



NEWATTITUDE2010
Posts: 432
6/2/10 9:21 P

I enjoy bell peppers in a lot of foods. For a menu item with few calories, I put green pepper, onions, and diced tomatoes over chicken breasts. I cook them in the crock pot. Quick, easy, and generous on the calorie allotment.



CHOOWY
Posts: 4,232
6/2/10 12:40 P

Hated them as a kid, now I love them! Use them in fajitas, black bean salsa, turkey hash and so on.



CROWHIKES
Posts: 95
5/31/10 11:44 P

I eat at least one a day. I have 30 planted in my garden.



MEOWMAMA3
Posts: 1,740
5/31/10 11:34 P

I'd die without my green peppers.



NEDERLUNG
Posts: 931
5/30/10 10:53 A

Truly fresh green bell peppers have a much different taste than a green bell that was picked on a farm, sat around a smelly loading dock, trucked unknown miles and stored in cold storage for a number of hours/days, then set out on display for ?? people to pick over, only to be stuffed into a plastic bag and stored in a home refrigerator.

Try growing a few plants of your own this summer. Three will fit nicely in a small two gallon pot (put packing peanuts in the bottom to keep the planter light weight, the peppers don't need deep soil). The peppers won't grow as big as the grocery ones, but they will be packed with the taste related to the scent you have been tantalizing over. Also, don't over cook - that makes them too mushy; cook aldente for best taste.



EVAALLICE
Posts: 22
5/27/10 11:57 P

I personally think that bell peppers are the greatest vegetable. I don't really eat them cooked though. I just slice them up and eat them that way. I don't like green peppers that much though. I prefer red, yellow, and orange. emoticon



MATILDA75
Posts: 44
5/26/10 11:04 P

I love roasted red peppers on about anything but think the greens are icky!



ODDLOTS
Posts: 213
5/25/10 7:24 P

I second the recommendation for using the grill!

My wife and I absolutely love them after leaving them over a charcoal fire (I use 100% hardwood lump charcoal) until they're charred. After they come off the grill I throw them in a ziploc for a minute so that the steam can make the skins peal off and chop them up to throw into burritos or just eat them as-is!



MOLZMOM1
Posts: 1
5/20/10 6:23 P

I not a fan of green bell peppers but I cut up a raw red bell pepper every day to have with lunch. Gotta get my pepper fix! Whenever a recipe calls for green, I just substitute red and it always works out fine.



DIMPSY264
Posts: 51
5/20/10 1:19 A

because they need to be fried with a lot of oil,onions, and sausages?(kidding)I can't deal with green peppers anymore, but red peppers or yellow/orange are okay sliced in reasonable qualities mixed with other veggies. Also delightful pureed in soups, etc.



JENNA3
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5/4/10 10:14 A

Green peppers are bitter
I like the red, yellow, or orange ones.

If you aren't down with the texture after they're cooked, then they are probably overcooked. I like mine steamed just lightly cooked. They are also fantastic roasted. I like to cut off the tops, clear out the seeds and roast them whole, then stuff them with whatever you like. Rice and beans, beef, whatever you like goes great with them.



SEATOWN_GAL
Posts: 1,004
5/3/10 6:46 P

I love peppers, but mostly eat them raw. When I cook with them, which is often, I try to only cook them enough to be hot, but still crunchy.



REDDOGMOM
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5/3/10 10:54 A

I can't stand cooked peppers, but I eat them raw almost daily. I've loved them since I was a little kid. My mom even asked my pediatrician if it was safe for me to eat so many lol. He said they were full of vitamin C and other good stuff.

After you've cut them, put the leftovers in a glass jar full of water in the fridge. It keeps them crispy.



STACYLYNNE05
Posts: 25
5/2/10 6:12 P

I love red/yellow/orange bell peppers. I eat them raw in a salad or cooked in egg whites or home made fajitas.



MICHY1980
Posts: 319
5/2/10 4:00 P

I LOVE bell pepper. I go through at least 4 per week. Love red peppers raw with hummus. Or grilled in: pasta sauce, chicken, eggs, etc.



SHEERJOY
Posts: 162
5/1/10 9:05 A

I love bell peppers, they are a good source of fiber possible about 1 gram or so. I love bell peppers cooked or raw. I usually eat them in salads raw, chopped up or sliced. The are also good i cooked such as stuffed with brown rice, other vegetables, or you can just cut them up into fajitas which is also delicious
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TRCARNES
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4/30/10 6:40 P

My husband isn't a huge fan of bell peppers, but I've made him a stuffed (red) bell pepper dish that he asks for again and again. Give it a try! recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?
recipe=1055917




NAOMIEVA
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4/30/10 11:27 A

definitely good. my roommate got me using red bell peppers in scrambled eggs (or egg beaters). just dice up the pepper, saute in the pan (feel free to add any other veggies you might like as well!), add the eggs and stir/scramble. about 30 seconds before the eggs are ready, add feta or another cheese that you enjoy. the feta works well because it adds that saltiness without being too overpowering.



SHEEMU1
Posts: 9
4/30/10 8:42 A

i bake them stuffed with indian cottage cheese - yum!!


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KMBRADY
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4/28/10 6:30 P

I used to dislike peppers because the only ones I'd ever had were the green (they're cheaper) - then I tried the yellow/orange/red ones and found they're very pleasant tasting. My 3 yr old granddaughter absolutely LOVES them, she'll eat nearly a whole pepper if you let her.



SUSIE85251
Posts: 156
4/27/10 6:53 P

I tend to like the yellow and orange bell beppers more than the green and red. I also like them cooked over raw since they taste sweeter to me that way. I made a really good slow cooker recipe for stuffed bell peppers with rice and beans this weekend that was delish! It was vegan too!



ONE_MORE
Posts: 6
4/27/10 12:57 P

I like them more fresh, like on a salad or in a subway sandwich. I've also had them on pizza and it was really good. I think I'm more like you in that I don't like them cooked quite as much as I do fresh, because they get limp and aren't the same texture.



DDWMITCH
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4/26/10 7:41 P

I love them, but my husband, not so much :-(



TISHAR1022
Posts: 68
4/26/10 8:29 A

I love the idea with all of the grilling with the veggies. I have never t hought of grilling bellpepper like that. The green peppers have a stronger taste then the yellow and red peppers. The yellow and red peppers are sweeter. You may like those better cooked, I would give it a try to see.



THE_WELL_WITHIN
Posts: 80
4/25/10 3:22 P

You could also try roasting them on the BBQ. If you cut them in quarters, remove seeds and ribs, and lightly grill, then drizzle with EVOO, balsamic vinegar and even top with a bit of goat cheese - yummy!! Do the same with some other veg (eggplant, zucchini, portabella mushrooms, onion...) and have a delicious grilled salad, or filling for a sandwich with some fresh greens! Hope you find a way to enjoy them!



ASK4JJG
Posts: 1,795
4/23/10 6:23 P

Pepper Pea Salad


1 package (16 ounces) frozen peas, thawed
1 medium green pepper, julienned
1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
1/4 cup white vinegar
4 teaspoons olive or canola oil
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

In a large bowl, combine the peas, green pepper and onion. In a small bowl, whisk the vinegar, oil and
Italian seasoning. Pour over vegetables and toss to coat. cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Yield 5 servings,

One serving (2/3 cup) equals:
calories 114
fat 4 gr.
saturated fat 1 gr.
cholesterol 0 gr.
sodim 103mgs.
carbohydrate 16 gr.
fiber 5gr.
protein 5gr.

Diabetic exchange: 1 starch, 1/2 fat


Edited by: ASK4JJG at: 4/23/2010 (18:25)


TRILLIANTOO
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4/23/10 2:50 P

For me I find most people use green, most recipes, most foods you buy, have green bell peppers in them.

I like the smell - but can NOT stand the taste.

I love orange, red, yellow, purple ... I even will now eat other peppers (pasilla, lipstick, hungarian ...) and I'll even eat them raw, as well as cooked.

But you can't pay me enough to eat a green bell. Ick. Even the ones from my garden, if a bell falls off or something - I give it to someone else to eat (fortunately my BF prefers green).

In terms of how to cook it, I've put them in various kinds of stir fries, fajitas, stews, soups, sauteed in an egg scramble, put in home-made pasta sauce, sauteed and put on pizza, raw in salads, on sandwiches, in spring rolls ... Possiblities are endless.






RAHET7
Posts: 11
4/21/10 8:29 P

I agree! Fajita style is the best!



JENNY13XOXO
Posts: 15
4/21/10 3:41 P

I like green peppers, raw or cooked - especially fajita style :)



SUZHOPE
Posts: 62
4/21/10 3:38 P

I cannot abide green peppers but can eat red,yellow and orange. I'm not a huge vegetable fan at all, I have to "sneak" them in. Chop them up really small, they might be more palatable to you that way (they are for me). Or, eat them raw.



SRSAMSON
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4/21/10 9:09 A

I'm not a huge fan of cooked bell peppers, so I don't have any specific recipies, but have you tried them raw? I could eat them raw all day, but the second you cook them, you've lost me. Also, you may want to try cooking Orange, Yellow, and Red peppers rather than the green. They are much sweeter than the green and, IMO, taste at least palatable when cooked.



DREAMSOFSHOES
Posts: 508
4/20/10 9:09 P

So whenever I smell bell peppers cooking, they smell SO DELICIOUS! but as soon as I taste them, I think they are horrible.

How can something so tasty smelling taste so not tasty? I have come to the conclusion that I must have never had them cooked right. Does anyone have any recipes that people who don't like bell peppers have liked?



 
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