Roasted Mediterranean Stuffed Red Peppers
These vibrant stuffed red peppers have graced my meals time and time again over the years! They are a perfect addition, whether it’s a casual weekend family meal or mid week supper with friends and of course, amazing with a bbq. As well as being incredibly tasty, they’re a nutritious addition to any meal, providing at least 2 of your 7-a-day in just one half! They work equally well as a meal on their own with some crusty bread and a green salad and can be prepared in advance and kept in the fridge until you’re ready to pop them into the oven.
Making these Stuffed Red Peppers, you’ll need:
- 4 large red peppers, halved lengthways and seeds removed, taking care to leave the green stalk
- Handful of small cherry tomatoes for each half
- 1 small clove garlic for each half
- Fresh Basil leaves
- Olive oil
- Salt & Pepper to season
Cut each pepper in half lengthways, taking care to half the stalk carefully. Remove the seeds, again taking care not to remove the stalk.
Fill each pepper with halved cherry tomatoes, so that they are reasonably well packed.
Finely chop the garlic and scatter around a teaspoon into each pepper
Scatter with torn basil leaves and season with salt & pepper
Finally drizzle olive oil into each pepper half and arrange on a baking tray.
Bake in the oven for 45mins at 180 degrees until the edges are browned.
Arrange on a serving plate and be sure to include the juices which are full and flavour are perfect to “mop” with some fresh crusty bread!
With the vibrant colour of these red peppers, you know you are packing in the nutrients; they are rich in vitamin C but also specifically it is a rich source of the antioxidant Lycopene, which is responsible for its rich red colour. As an antioxidant, the lycopene will help to fight free radicals which are created as a result of environmental stress factors, but it is also a key nutrient in protecting again prostate cancer in men. For more information on Lycopene, CLICK HERE