Why do I eat so many bell peppers?

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Why do I eat so many bell peppers?

I eat a lot of bell peppers! I’d say 24 a month, if not more. In my opinion, bell peppers are a healthy choice when sauteed with single spices or spice blends, and you can get a great mix of flavors this way instead of buying jars of salsa, Italian tomato sauceor other jarred sauces. Store bought sauces usually contain fillers, too much salt, unknown amounts of added sugar and many confusing, unnecessary ingredients.

Have you ever had sauteed, grilled, slow roasted or fast charred (culinary blow torch) red bell peppers? Oh my! The already sweet pepper turns into candy when heated and broken down. Plus, freshly sliced bell peppers mixed with fresh spices or mixes can be a very healthy (non-GMO, natural/organic) and possibly even cheaper sauce.

A basic google search shows that most favorite tomato sauce makers ingredients are: “Tomato Puree (Water, Tomato Paste), Soybean Oil, Salt, Sugar, Dehydrated Onions, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Spices, Romano Cheese (Part-Skim Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Natural Flavor”

Do these ingredients really need to be in my tomato sauce?
“Soybean Oil” WTF?
“Salt and Sugar” How much salt and sugar have been added?
“Milk, Cheese Cultures, Enzymes, MORE SALT 🙁
” Enzymes? Do they bite?
“Natural Flavor” What exactly does that mean?

A basic google search shows that most favorite salsa makers ingredients are:
“Tomatoes, Tomato Puree (Water and Tomato Paste), Onion, Cilantro, Vinegar, Green Pepper, Sugar, Lime Juice, Salt, Jalapeno Pepper, Citric Acid, Cumin, Garlic, and Natural Flavor.”

Do these ingredients really need to be in my salsa?
“Vinegar” Is this needed?
“Sugar” How much sugar is added?
“Citric Acid” Is this needed? Is it natural?
“Natural Flavor” What exactly does that mean?

I think you can get the idea I’m trying to explain here. I’m not 100% on the Cave Man or the Paleo Diet, but I try to stick as close to as I can. I will one day do a photo “how-to” or a YouTube post for this. Until then, here are some examples of sauces I’ve cooked up to go with breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.

Each example below starts with sauteing bell peppers (fresh or frozen) in a pan.

BREAKFAST
Eggs with bell peppers sauteed in “The Spice Hunter Mexican Seasoning.” I found this brand on amazon.com, and after I read the ingredients and healthy sticking points this brand stuck with me lol
– Organic
– All Natural
– Non-GMO Project verified
This particular seasinongs ingredients are “cumin, minced onion, garlic, paprika, cilantro, red pepper, coriander, oregano” No filler!!!!!!!

As you can see this is a great way to make breakfast with just 3-4 fresh ingredients. Yes, I’m cheating. I consider the container of spice to be one ingredient in this breakfast meal although there are many spices in one jar.

For example, my take on Huevos Rancheros with a bell pepper salsa
1-3 Cage-free non-GMO eggs – from Whole Foods or Amazon Fresh
A handful of bell peppers (mix of colors or just one color)
The Spice Hunter Mexican Seasoning (available on Amazon)
Non-GMO, organic Chips or Tostadas
1 Avocado

Step 1. Sautee peppers in a skillet with seasoning until browned, broken down and set aside.

Step 2. Cook egg(s) in the same skillet to the desired style.

Step 3. Slice optional avocado while eggs cook.

Step 4. Layer chips or tostada on the bottom with eggs, bell pepper mix and avocado on top.

Step 5. Add more spice or ingredients if you would like. Paprika, dried cilantro, and cherry tomatoes can always be found in my fridge.

Step 6. Enjoy!

That’s just one example of how I’m able to make a dish and not use actual store-bought salsa. Everything I listed above falls into the category of Organic, All Natural, non-GMO, no filler or one ingredient. It is tough to find healthy chips sometimes, but I always try. Always look for baked chips when looking.

You can create a lot of different and varied peppers/toppings with Spice Hunter spice mixes. You might try creating your own pepper sauce with the following combinations:

Italian

The Spice Hunter Pasta Seasoning Blend
“Onion, garlic, basil, lemon peel, paprika, fennel, oregano, black pepper, ginger, thyme, lemon oil”
Add to some chopped vine-ripened tomatoes, and you have a great sauce.

The Spice Hunter Italian Seasoning Blend, Organic
“Basil, rosemary, marjoram, thyme, sage, oregano.”
Throw in a handful of cherry tomatoes for a fresh Italian flavor.

Asian

The Spice Hunter Chinese Five Spice Blend
“Star anise, cloves, cinnamon, fennel, black pepper.”
Great with chicken or seafood.

The Spice Hunter Szechwan Seasoning Blend
“Sesame seeds, garlic, ginger, red pepper, brown mustard, coriander, green bell pepper, lemongrass, cilantro.”
Great with chicken or seafood.

The Spice Hunter Thai Seasoning Blend
“Sesame seeds, chile pepper, coriander, onion, red pepper, shrimp extract, garlic, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon oil.”
Great with chicken, steak or seafood.

Mexican Flavors

The Spice Hunter Mexican Seasoning Blend, Organic
“Cumin, minced onion, garlic, paprika, cilantro, red pepper, coriander, oregano.”
I use for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Very flexible spice mix.

The Spice Hunter Cajun and Carribean Jerk style

The Spice Hunter Cajun Creole Seasoning
“Paprika, onion, garlic, black pepper, lemon peel, chile pepper, allspice, thyme, cloves, mace, red pepper, bay leaf.”
Seafood! Seafood! Seafood! LOL

The Spice Hunter Jamaican Jerk Blend
“Ginger, brown mustard seed, onion, allspice, garlic, paprika, thyme, fennel seed, black pepper, red pepper, cloves.”
Seafood! Seafood! Seafood!

Indian flavors

The Spice Hunter Curry, Indian Hot, Blend
“Coriander, cumin, turmeric, chile pepper, ginger, cardamom, mustard, red pepper, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, black pepper, saffron.”
Great with chicken or shrimp.

The Spice Hunter Curry Seasoning Blend, Organic
“Cumin, coriander, turmeric, ginger, cloves, red pepper, black pepper.”
Great with chicken or shrimp.

Experiement with these spice blends and I’m sure you’ll create a dish you’ll love and turn to time after time.

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