Filled to the brim pepper: Stuff a mixture of canned black eyed peas,

fresh corn kernels and diced shallots into a hollowed out red, orange or

yellow pepper halves. Drizzle with olive oil. Bake covered 350 until

tender about 40 mins. Garnish with cheddar cheese and fresh cilantro


DIY Takeout: In a large nonstick skillet misted with cooking spray saute

diced onion with some minced garlic and chopped green peppers until

veggies soften. Ad thin strips of beef, pork or chicken and stir fry

until meat is cooked through. Toss with low sod teriyaki sauce and serve

over brown rice,


Peppery Puree: In a blender or food processor pulse 1 or 2 jarred

roasted red peppers with a can of chick peas (drained and rinsed) and a

splash of lemon juice, With the motor running drizzle enough olive oil

until the spread is nice and smooth. Season with ground cumin, salt and

pepper. Serve with pita chips for dipping


Confetti Pasta Bowl: In a large bowl combine diced bell peppers (use

different colors) sliced green onion, freshly chopped parsley and cooked

and cooled tricolor tortellini. Drizzle with creamy ranch dressing and

toss to coat. For heartier fare add some leftover shredded chicken to

the mix


No Cook Kebabs: Roll up strips of jarred roasted red bell peppers and

thread alternately onto cocktail skewers with pitted green olives and

bite size cubes of swiss cheese. Serve them up as appetizer at your next



Crunchy Slaw: Cut bell peppers (any color you like) and red onions into

paper thin slices. In a large bowl combine a scoop of grainy dijon

mustard, splash of apple cider vinegar and a pinch of sugar. Add peppers

and onions. Stir to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Chill for at

least an hr. Serve alongside grilled chicken or fish


Pepper Packed Omelet: Saute finely chopped green bell pepper in a bit of

live oil until tender. Meanwhile lightly beat 2 or 3 eggs with a pinch

of cayenne pepper and add it to the skillet. Cook until no visible egg

remains. Sprinkle with pepper jack cheese over one side of the omelet

and fold in half to enclose. For more heat top with a dash of hot pepper



Snack Wraps: Spread wide strips or red and yellow bell peppers with soft

goat cheese or cream cheese. Roll thin slices f deli style turkey breast

around each pepper strip and serve with spice mustard for dipping


Soup Sammy Combo: Mix together canned tuna (drained and flaked) diced

red or orange red bell pepper, crumbled cooked bacon and a scoop of

reduced fat mayo. Pile tuna salad on toasted whole wheat bread and dish

up alongside a cup of store bought roasted red pepper soup


Grilled Peachy Peppers: Cut several peaches and green peppers into

quarters. Brush with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill

until lightly charred about 3 mins per side. Serve on a pretty platter

sprinkled with fresh herbs (try parsley, basil or mint) and drizzle with

balsamic vinegar

Life is like a jigsaw puzzle.But you don't have the picture on the front

of the box to know what it's supposed to look like.Sometimes you're not

even sure if you have all the pieces.