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No Bake Stuffed Peppers

We’re changing things up from your standard burrito or taco wrap by including a “veggie bowl”. This veggie bowl is literally a bowl made from veggies, peppers to be exact! This is not your typical stuffed pepper recipe because it’s easier than ever–there’s no baking required! This recipe is vibrant, delicious and crunchy and makes for the perfect appetizer at a party. Instead of serving dip at a party and risking the germs of the double dippers, you can conveniently serve in bell peppers! This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, vegan, and nutritiously amazing!

Anthocyanins in Purple Peppers

If you are making this recipe before the end of summer, be sure to scoop up purple peppers from your local grocery store. These purple gems are not only beautiful but also a nutrition powerhouse. Purple peppers contain different phytochemicals than green, yellow and orange peppers. Phytochemicals protect against oxidative stress in the body. Purple peppers, purple cauliflower, red cabbage, blackberries, red onion, eggplant and all other purple/blue produce are packed with phytochemicals called anthocyanins. Anthocyanins have been associated with decreased inflammation and improved cardiovascular risk factors. A 2015 cross-sectional analysis found that a higher consumption of anthocyanins was associated with lower markers of inflammation and oxidative stress. Pretty impressive!! Checkout this awesome article in Today’s Dietitian for more information on purple produce!

Research on Soy

The filling is a citrusy avocado bean dip that includes lots of additional plant-based nutrients! This recipe is rich in vegetarian sources of protein like edamame, kidney beans and cannellini beans. Many of my patients are hesitant to eat soy because there’s many beliefs that it may be associated with cancer, hypothyroidism and other autoimmune diseases. According to the research whole soy (ex: tofu, tempeh, edamame, miso) has many nutritional benefits and is loaded with isoflavones that have been associated with a decreased risk of cancer, hot flashes and protection against heart disease. Always opt for non-gmo, organic soy!

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