Purple bell peppers are a crunchy and nutritious addition to your daily dishes. This purple-colored delicious pepper can be stuffed, roasted , baked or even better eaten raw. Let’s find out more on purple bell pepper recipe, taste and health benefits. Stay tuned…
How to Prepare Corn and Vegetable Stuffed Purple Bell Pepper Recipe
The process of preparing purple pepper does not differ from the other bell pepper varieties.It is the same.It starts from selecting, cutting and cooking. See more details;
- 1T unsalted butter or olive oil
- 2 cloves fresh garlic
- 2C fresh corn kernels (from 3 ears of corn)
- 4 bell peppers
- 1C cooked faro
- 1/3C ricotta cheese
- 1/2C grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4C minced green onion
- 1t fresh thyme
- 1/4t salt
- 1/8t ground pepper
- Heat the oven to 350°. Lightly grease an oven proof dish or pan.
- Warm the butter in a skillet on medium heat. Add the minced garlic and sauté briefly. Add the corn and sauté just another minute, until almost warmed through and coated with butter. Set aside to cool.
- In a medium bowl add the cooked corn, faro, ricotta cheese, 1/3 cup of the grated Parmesan, green onions, thyme, salt and pepper. Fold together to throughly mix. Stuff the peppers and arrange them in the prepared pan. Add 1/4 cup water to the bottom of the pan. Place the cover on the pan or cover tightly with foil. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the peppers are cooked and just begin to slump. Remove the pan from the oven and adjust the oven heat to broil. Remove the lid from the pan and sprinkle the remaining Parmesan cheese on top of the peppers. Broil until the cheese melts and becomes golden brown.
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Purple Bell Peppers Taste
How does the purple bell pepper taste? Despite it strange darkish color, it taste like the green bell pepper. Compare to the red, orange and yellow peppers which are known to be sweet, the purple pepper has a slightly bitter flavor.
Purple Bell Pepper Health Benefits
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Many of purple bell peppers’ phytonutrients have antioxidant abilities. This means they help neutralize free radicals in the body, which damage cells. Therefore they may help prevent or reduce symptoms of certain diseases. Similar to hormones, some phytochemicals also act as messengers in the body.
By itself, purple bell pepper has so many healing properties, but when taken together with other herbs, fruits and vegetables, the nutrients absorption is multiplied a hundred-fold.
Here are some benefits of taking this super-fruit or vegetable if like calling it so:
Helps prevent cancer:
Purple bell peppers contain very high levels of anti-oxidants and phytonutrients that are especially helpful in preventing cancers of the bladder, cervix, pancreas and prostate. These include vitamin C, which may lower cancer risk and protect against cataracts, beta-carotene, which may help protect against breast cancer in women before menopause, and lycopene which may decrease the risk for ovarian cancer.
Helps prevent high blood pressure:
In the antioxidative process, phytonutrients in purple bell peppers also retard the development of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and lowers blood pressure. Also as a high source of potassium, it helps keep the fluids and minerals balance in the body, thus enhancing muscle function and regulating blood pressure.
Supports the immune and nervous system:
The high content of vitamin C supports tissue health and stimulates white cells to fight infection, naturally building a strong immune system. It is also a rich source of vitamin B6, which is vital for essential chemical reactions throughout the body, including those involving brain and immune function.
Supports healthy blood and pregnancy:
Purple bell peppers also provides a good source of folate, which supports the functioning of red blood cells, and is especially important for pregnant women because it helps prevent certain types of birth defects in unborn children such as spina bifida.
Supports the optical system:
The high vitamin C and beta-carotene content as well as phytonutrients lutein and zeaxanthin, makes purple bell peppers especially beneficial in preventing and slowing the development of eye diseases and problems such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Also a rich source of vitamin A, which helps preserve eyesight, prevent night-blindness and fend off infections.
Aids in pain relief:
Capsaicin, a compound in capsicum/bell pepper, blocks transmission of pain, so it can help relieve pain to a certain degree. This is the compound that gives peppers their ‘burn’ and it can actually help relieve the burning sensation from nerve pain, which is sometimes experienced by people with type 2 diabetes. Studies show that capsaicin is also effective in reducing the pain of osteoarthritis and psoriasis. It is also effective for eliminating headaches and migraines.
Helps prevent respiratory problems:
The high level of vitamin C coupled with flavonoids make purple bell pepper very good to help prevent respiratory problems such as asthma, wheezing, lung infections, etc. This is especially true for children, who are prone to experience frequent upper respiratory tract infections.
Supports the digestive system:
Purple bell pepper helps relieve gut problems like indigestion, stomach ulcers, colic, dyspepsia, diarrhea and excessive flatulence/gas, due to its high fiber content and stimulating effect. Bell peppers provide 3g of fiber per cup, which can help regulate digestion.
Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal effects:
The anti-septic properties in purple bell pepper make it effective in fighting food poisoning. Also coupled with a good supply of probiotics, yeast and fungal infection problems like ring-worm and athlete’s foot can be easily eliminated.
We all know that anti-oxidants are highly effective in helping to protect the skin from free radical damage, which is known to cause signs of aging, thus keeping you looking ever younger!
Helps prevent blood clots:
The very high oxidative content of vitamin C in purple bell pepper makes it very effective in preventing blood clots, and in turn prevents symptoms such as stroke. Bell peppers are also a source of vitamin K, essential to the clotting function of blood and preventing blood loss.
Helps lower cholesterol:
Purple bell peppers can significantly help to reduce high cholesterol levels due to their high fiber content. The concentrated anti-oxidants present as well fight oxidative stress, which is the main culprit in oxidizing the lipids in our blood.
Purple bell peppers increase our body metabolism by lowering triglycerides (unhealthy lipids) which are stored in our body fats. This helps to burn calories more effectively and may even aid in weight loss.
Prevents nose bleeding:
The rich vitamin C content helps to heal, repair, build and strengthen the lining of the mucous membranes to prevent frequent nose bleeds.
Eases sore throat:
Taken as a gargle, some bell pepper juice can help to eliminate a sore throat. Its anti-septic properties do the work super well.
Warms cold feet:
During the cold season when one has cold feet, try cutting up some purple bell peppers and put them in your socks. The mild “hot” sensation will help keep your feet nicely warm. Unorthodox but true!
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