Thursday, January 27, 2011

Kalyn's Kitchen Picks: Sweet Mini-Peppers

I'm sure you've heard that there's a big football game coming up.   Even if you're someone like me who has to use Google to find out which teams are playing every year, if you live in the U.S. chances are good you'll be attending some kind of Superbowl party on February 6.  If you're trying to lose weight (or not gain any!) I'd like to recommend you skip the chips and use these crunchy sweet mini-peppers as the perfect vehicle for delivering all kinds of tasty dips to your mouth.  

I've been using these tasty peppers in recipes for about 5 years now, so I decided it's time to officially add them to my list of Kalyn's Kitchen Picks, the list of products I buy over and over again and love enough to recommend them on the blog.  Below are some of my suggestions for using sweet mini-peppers.  If you have other good ideas for using them, please share in the comments!

Dips from Kalyn's Kitchen That I'd Love to Scoop Up with Mini-Peppers:
Green Garbanzo Hummus
Black-Eyed Pea Hummus
Slow-Roasted Tomato Hummus
Parsley Hummus
Julia Child's Puree of White Beans with Garlic and Herbs
Heart-Healthy Shrimp Dip with Veggie Dippers
White Bean and Artichoke Dip
Diet-Friendly Ranch Style Dip
Cilantro-Lover's Guacamole
Southwestern Ranch Dip for Bell Pepper Strips

More Recipe Ideas with Sweet Mini-Peppers:
(Recipes from other blogs may not be South Beach Diet friendly, check ingredients)
Arugula and Sweet Mini-Pepper Salad from Kalyn's Kitchen
Grilled Halloumi Salad with Chicken, Mini-Peppers, and Lemon from Kalyn's Kitchen
Marinated Pepper Salad with Garbanzos and Olives from Kalyn's Kitchen
Asian Spinach Salad with Chicken, Mushrooms, Peppers, and Almonds from Kalyn's Kitchen
Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers from Sarah's Cucina Bella
Mini Stuffed Sweet Peppers from Pots and Plots
Italian Stuffed Mini-Peppers from Pots and Plots
Baked Jalapeno Bacon Poppers from Steamy Kitchen
Stuffed Sweet Mini-Peppers from Mele Cotte
Pepper Sandwiches with Goat Cheese Pepper Spread from A Veggie Venture

Blogger Disclosure:
I purchased these peppers myself and this company has no idea that I'm writing about their product.  (Everything featured for Kalyn's Kitchen Picks is a product I've tried myself and loved. Nearly all of these items are products I purchased myself; and some are things I've used for many years. If I ever feature a product I first tried as a sample, I will always disclose that information, and you can be sure I won't be writing about anything unless it's something I would have happily purchased myself.  You can see the complete list of products I've chosen under the tab Kalyn's Picks below the blog header.)
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19 comments:

MaryMoh said...

I love these sweet peppers. I usually add them into stir fries for colour if I don't want it spicy. They taste verty delicious. I had just used it in fried rice the other day.

Christine said...

Our Costco sells very similar peppers. I use them in eggs, in salads, and last night roasted up a bunch in the oven, stuck them in a paper bag to steam, peeled the skins off, chopped, and put into Toasted Quinoa Pilaf. (I didn't have bottled roasted peppers) It was so good! :)

Here's the recipe I used http://www.foodreference.com/html/quinoa-pilaf-730.html

Kathrine said...

You have some really great ideas for meals here. thanks for posting such great information

Jackie said...

Thank you for the recommendation! I see them often and never think about the possibilities that they offer! I will definitely consider trying them soon!

Pam said...

I've never seen those before!

Ritters said...

Love them.

Anonymous said...

I love these peppers. Last Saturday I brought them to a football party a long with my skinny buffalo chicken dip. Which has FF Sour Cream, FF Cream Cheese, FF Ranch Dressing, shredded chicken, hot sauce, and low fat cheddar cheese. I love hot wings but the fried part isn’t great for my waist. So I found this dip but now I'm trying to steer clear of crackers and chips so the dip with the sweet mini bell peppers works great.

Chris said...

I think I am addicted to these peppers. I love them in a salad and, if I am being honest, just grab and go, then snack, snack, snack!

Thanks for linking to my stuffed lil' ones. I had forgotten about those!

Kalyn said...

These are so good. Anyone who hasn't tried them, get some soon!

gfe--gluten free easily said...

Have not seen those around here, Kalyn, but if I ever do, I'll get some. I love sweet peppers! And, holy moly on all the recipe ideas to go with them. You are such a great resource for real food lovers! :-)

Shirley

Liana Krissoff said...

I like these sliced and slowly, slowly caramelized with some shallots and olive oil, then folded up in socca with crumbles of goat cheese and cracked black pepper.

Kalyn said...

Thanks Shirley!

Liana, I am drooling at the sound of that!

Beth said...

I love these peppers. A cooking instructor showed us how to do them easily on the grill and we always have a bag just for this purpose.
You just wash off, toss with a bit of olive oil and kosher salt and grill them whole. When you pick them up by the stem it just pops right off so you don't need to prep them in any way. So easy and so yummy!

Kalyn said...

Beth, I LOVE that idea; thanks for sharing.

Maria said...

I love eating these peppers with hummus! Great snack!

manyslices said...

I have been popping onto your blog for a few weeks now.
Thought I'd share that these sweet peppers are a favorite of mine too.
They are a great carb-craving buster also.
I slice them up and put them on the edge tiny tea plate, and in the center well of the plate pour just a little basting oil, sprinkle with sea salt and dip and crunch. A really healthy, low carb and filling snack.
In the evening while cooking our main meal a glass of chilled Riesling, or white pinot goes great with it too!
Cheers,
Leah

Janet said...

Where do you buy these peppers?

Kalyn said...

The best place to get them is Costco, but I also find them at my regular grocery store. The ones at Costco are much cheaper though.

Saltykate said...

I found bags of sweet mini peppers at my local Aldi's discount supermarket. Thanks for the recipe ideas. I can't wait to try them! Happy cooking! ; )

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