Recipes and Facts – Peppers

Sweet peppers and chilies are both derived from the same species, Capsicum annuum. The pepper plant is a member of the Solanaceae or “nightshade” family, which also includes tomatoes and potatoes.

Sweet pepper plants offer fruits that differ greatly in color, shape and size according to various varieties. Sweet peppers are often green or red in color, but sometimes also yellow, white, purple or black.

Apart from their mild, sweet flavor and wonderful taste sweet pepper is a good source of nutrients, vitamins and minerals.

Recipes

Red Lentil Loaf – Green Pepper

Red Lentil Loaf – Great British Chef Website

  • 200g of red lentils
  • 400ml of vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp of vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 spring onion
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • salt
  • pepper, and other spices for seasoning

Place the lentils and stock in a saucepan and gently simmer until the liquid has been absorbed and the lentils are soft. Strain into a sieve and stand to allow excess liquid to drain.

Whilst the lentils are cooking fry the vegetables until they are starting to turn golden.

Place the lentils, cooked vegetables (add any grated root vegetables at this stage) and egg into a bowl and mix. Season well with some herbs, spices and salt and pepper.

Pour the mixture into a lined and greased 500g loaf tin and bake at 200°C (fan 180°C) for 40 – 50 minutes until risen, golden brown and firm to the touch. Allow to stand for 5 minutes and then turn out.

Serve sliced, or let it cool and fry to use as a burger.

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