8 Bell Pepper Recipes to Celebrate Summer

Have more peppers than you know what to do with? We have a few ideas.

Have more peppers than you know what to do with? We have a few ideas. • Photo by Le Petit Chef

This spring, my husband and I decided to extend our chicken run. Our hens are very spoiled pets and after a hawk kept visiting the yard, we were concerned that they didn’t have a safe enough space to free range when we weren’t outside with them. Unfortunately, the only space we had left by their coop was my vegetable garden. So, if I wanted “my girls” to be safe, I had to give up the joy of homegrown veggies for a year.

At the time, I thought I would be perfectly okay with our decision. Of course, I could go one year without picking vegetables straight off the vine, couldn’t I? Well, now that summer’s here and I have nary a cucumber or pepper to pick, I’m disappointed. But, our egg laying friends are safe, sound and healthy. And, the hawk finally left. So, until next year, I’ll simply bide my time making the recipes below with bell peppers found at my local farmer’s market.

1. Easy Stuffed Green Peppers

These bell peppers from Savory Tooth are stuffed to the brim with sweet Italian sausage, rice, sautéed onions, and just a pinch of cayenne pepper. Then, they’re topped with chives and finely grated asiago cheese. The tomato-based sauce with onions, balsamic vinegar, and even more cayenne is just perfect for scooping over every delicious bite you take!

2. Ratatouille

Ratatouille is one of the most popular recipes on my blog. I keep making it over and over again. I’m so glad it’s that time of the year again, fresh eggplants 🍆 , zucchini and tomatoes 🍅  are in season and you start craving fall comfort food. Ratatouille is the best vegan and gluten-free dish for the season. It looks so impressive and is incredibly flavorful and healthy. Recipe on my blog: http://happykitchen.rocks/ratatouille/ Рататуй – один из самых популярных рецептов в моем блоге. Я готовлю его снова и снова, ведь в сезон спелых баклажан 🍆 , цуккини и помидор 🍅  так хочется чего-то согревающего и домашнего. Рататуй, пожалуй, моё любимое веганское и безглютеновое осеннее блюдо. Он потрясающе вкусный, ароматный, полезный и смотрится сногсшибательно! Рецепт в моем блоге: http://happykitchen.rocks/ratatouille/ Фото для фудфотосентябрь_16 от @foodphotomonth Тема «Овощное рагу» #ratatouille #fromthegardentothetable #tomatoes🍅 #tomato #seasonalproduce #seasonaleating #seasonalcooking #fromthegarden #vegetables #antioxidants #fresh #фудфотограф #foodwinewomen #beautifulcuisines #cleaneatingideas #plantbased #eattherainbow #realfood #bestofvegan #frenchcuisine #eatyourveggies #veggieplate #veganfoodshare #veganeats #veganfoodporn #veganporn #healthyfoodshare #healthyfoodporn #healthyfoodblog #healthyvegan

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Ratatouille is typically a rustic vegetable casserole, but Happy Kitchen transforms her version into a spectacular dish that everyone will love (even the vegetable haters)! Fresh eggplant, zucchini, and tomatoes are sliced thinly on a mandolin and then simmer in a pipérade sauce made with bell peppers, onions, carrots, tomatoes, and garlic. It’s a perfect way to use up the last of summer’s harvest before fall sets in.

3. Roasted Pepper Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Happy Friday, guys! 🤗A new recipe is on the blog for this Roasted Pepper Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette. It’s a fresh, colorful dish, bursting with sweet & smoky flavor, and will totally Impress your taste buds! 😋C'mon over to Vegan Huggs for this easy recipe! Link is in my profile. 🌱Have a great weekend! 🌈🌸 .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #beautifulcuisines #HealthYeah #vegansofig #veganfoodporn #whatveganseat #veganfoodshare #bestofvegan #plantstrong #horngryvegan #gloobyfood #foodporn #veganfoodspot #feedfeed #foodsforthought #thechalkboardeats #foodphotography #foodforfoodies #nourish #eeeeeats #yuminthetumREPOST #foodstagram #onthetable #buzzfeedfood #buzzfeast #kitchenbowl #bellpeppers #summersalad #cleaneating #roastedpepper #roastedpeppers

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My favorite way to enjoy brightly colored peppers is raw with a schmear of hummus, but I also love them roasted too. Vegan Hugs impresses our taste buds with this colorful dish that’s just bursting with sweet & smoky flavors. To elevate this simple dish, she then adds salty Kalamata olives, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, fresh-cut basil, tangy tofu feta, buttery pine nuts, and spicy Chile pepper flakes. Pair it with some crusty bread and a glass of wine – your taste buds will thank you.

4. Garden Fresh Vegetable Lasagna

Once your bumper crop of summer veggies kicks in, go straight into the kitchen and make this delicious lasagna recipe. The Rustic Foodie lightens up one of America’s favorite dishes with the addition of fresh vegetables picked straight from the garden. A healthy assortment of eggplant, Swiss chard, Serrano peppers, banana peppers, poblano pepper, and green bell peppers all get tossed in and topped with mozzarella cheese.

5. Roasted Red Pepper Polenta Bowls with Seared Scallops

**GIVEAWAY** Remember earlier this week when I shared my weeknight favorite Summer Vegetable Polenta Bowls? Well today, in partnership with @anolon, I'm showing you how to elevate that base recipe and transform it into an exceptional weekend meal! Link to these Roasted Red Pepper Polenta Bowls with Seared Scallops is in my bio- and now for the fun part- I'm also giving away a complete 10 pc. set of the #Anolon Nouvelle Copper Stainless Steel pots and pans! I've been using this set for a few weeks now and the copper bottom ensures superior and even heating to make any cooking job a pleasure. AND they're gorgeous 😍 TO ENTER: you must be following me here on Instagram, and tag 2 friends in the comments. I'll pick a winner at random on Monday 6/19. Good luck! #ad #KitchenCreativity #InstrumentsofInspiration #giveaway

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When you’re in the mood for something simple, yet elegant for dinner, look no further than this recipe. Le Petit Eats chars red peppers over an open flame, purees them, and then mixes them into polenta. Perfectly seared scallops and a handful of microgreens make it an impressive recipe to have on hand when company calls.

6. Chicken Stuffed Bell Peppers

I grew up eating my grandmother's beef stuffed peppers in a tomato based sauce. That recipe needed a bit of a makeover so instead of those I made chicken and carrot stuffed peppers in a spicy Sriracha aioli sauce. This is a perfect high protein low carb meal that is easy to make for a big crowd. The roasted yellow, orange and red peppers are simply amazing and might have just become my new favorite vegetable. Have you ever made stuffed peppers before? You must! #igfood #food4thought #feedyoursoul #foodandwine #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #eeeeats #foodblogeats #buzzfeast #buzzfeedfood #f52grams #foodgawker #tastespotting #healthyeating #cleaneating #fitlfuential #instayum #instagood #glutenfree #foodphotography #photofotheday #glutenfree #gfree #chicken #peppers #highprotein #lowcarb

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I know I shouldn’t admit this, but I’m not a huge fan of red meat. So, I truly appreciated this recipe! Avocado Pesto pairs roasted red, yellow and orange peppers with ground chicken, shredded carrots, salt, pepper, and oregano. This super simple 5 ingredient recipe then gets cooked in a spicy Sriracha aioli sauce. Yum!

7. Gnocchi Marinara with Sausage & Peppers

Bye, bye, boring old sausage and peppers. Hello, Gnocchi Marinara! I almost fell off my chair when I found this gluten-free recipe. Pass Me Some Tasty cooks up Italian chicken sausage with thinly sliced onions, and red, yellow, and green peppers. Then she adds gnocchi and sauce and tops it all off with freshly chopped basil, parmesan, and some ground black pepper.

8. Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Pasta Sauce

Sometimes, I just want a bowl of pasta. No fuss, no muss. Lauren Caris Cooks understands this need, which is why she created this simple, homemade roasted red pepper and tomato pasta sauce. Full of fresh ingredients and full of flavor, this sauce is super thick and rich, which allows it to cling to every piece of pasta in the bowl! Feel free to toss in some fresh veggies or beans if you want to go the extra mile.

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Denine Anderson Regan

Award-winning lifestyle blogger. Freelance writer. Small business owner. Loves craft beer, red wine, and backyard chickens. Visit her at weknowstuff.us.com for tasty recipes, fun kids crafts, and family-focused lifestyle articles.