A sure fire way to eat healthy all week long is to prepare meals in advance. Sunday evenings I enjoy spending time in the kitchen cooking up vegetables for the coming week. One dish I love making for the week is my original recipe for oven roasted red bell peppers. Every once in a while I hit up Costco to pick up a package of bell peppers. One package from Costco has 6 bell peppers, which is a lot for a household of 2 people. Usually I will cook 3 bell peppers in a batch.
Begin the preparation by cutting them in half, cut off the stalk (stem), and clean out the seeds. Line a cookie sheet with foil and place the prepped bell peppers open face up. Drizzle olive oil inside each pepper.
The rest of the seasoning came as a surprise. I wandered out to my little herb garden to see what was in bloom. The hunt yielded fresh sage, rosemary, oregano, flat parsley, and thyme a plenty, plus one lemon.
Wash and dry the fresh herbs then chop them up as fine as possible. Sprinkle the herbs into the halved peppers. Cut the lemon and squeeze it into the peppers too. If you like a bit of spicy seasoning then add a pinch of chili flakes and black pepper.
Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for approximately 45 minutes. If time is up and the bells still look firm then pop them back in for another 5-10 minutes, or until they have wilted a bit. This tasty beautiful veggie is very versatile when it comes to meal pairing options. Eat it hot or cold as a side dish. Stuff the peppers with anything from tuna salad, fresh avocado, or goat cheese. Cut up and add to a green salad. I even used a 1/2 baked pepper inside a veggie sandwich and my honey gave it two thumbs up.Olive oil may remain inside the baked bell peppers. You can either drain the olive oil or use it as a dressing. When I put this pepper on my green salad I let the herb seasoned olive oil cover the greens. The very first time I plated it this way I found it to be a delicious happy accident! I do however remove the herbs before eating, my husband leaves them on.
Remember, you can use different herbs or leave some out. There really are no rules when it comes to cooking except seasoning to please your taste buds. So, if you happen to dislike one of the herbs I mentioned, don’t use it. One time all I had was rosemary and thyme and that tasted just great. You can also add any other spice or seasoning you love that is not included on my ingredient list.
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Red Bell Peppers
Any fresh or dried herbs you have on hand