November is National Pepper Month. Peppers are a fruit because they contain seeds. They come in many varieties, heats and colors, and that means there is a type that everyone enjoys!
Peppers are low in calories; on average that are around 45 calories per cup, so you can enjoy them without worrying. And they are high in vitamins A and C and contain B6. They are rich in capsaicin that helps lower bad cholesterol, blood sugar, inflammation and eases pain. Fiber content varies significantly between different types of peppers. Bell peppers have 2.1 grams of fiber per 100 grams. Scotch bonnet peppers have 3.3 grams per 100 grams. Smaller peppers have the most fiber, but they are also the hottest, so you are less likely to be eating them in large quantities.
For all these reasons, we wanted to share some delicious pepper recipes with you today. We’ve all seen recipes for low-carb stuffed peppers. Here are some different options for you to try!
We love chickpeas. And we think that hummus can be a healthy part of a low-carb diet. But, sometimes, if you are watching your carb intake strictly, you need a low-carb version, or you might just want to try something new! When that’s the case, trying this version, made with roasted red peppers and cauliflower, is perfect! It has the same texture and a ton of great taste. A serving has 164 calories, four grams of carbs and two grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
This is a recipe so good that you can serve it to guests! Even people not following a low-carb or healthy diet will love it! That’s because it doesn’t feel like it’s low-carb; it feels like a new twist on an old favorite. You cut out the carbs by using a delicious baked bell pepper in place of an English muffin. And you make a sauce using yogurt, mustard, lemon juice and a little butter for a lighter finish. It’s a different take on this beloved brunch dish that is sure to wow! A serving has 150 calories, seven grams of carbs and 1.5 grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
Nachos are a favorite dish of ours. While you can use low-carb chips, we prefer to make them something new and different. We really like this recipe because you don’t make a mound of peppers and top them with meat and cheese. Each pepper is topped, meaning you always get a loaded bite! That makes us happy as you often end up with empty chips when eating traditionally prepared versions! A serving has 412 calories, nine grams of carbs and five grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
We love this vegetarian soup. We hate clicking on a veggie soup recipe and seeing a meat stock as one of the first ingredients. When we are aiming for a meatless dinner, we want it to be easy! This soup is so tasty, warming and hearty; it’s perfect for lunch or with sides for dinner. A serving has 78 calories, 10 grams of carbs and three grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
With these four absolutely delicious dishes, you’ll find peppers gracing your table frequently. They are good for so much more than being stuffed or playing a supporting role!