While summer hasn’t officially started, I’m sure most of you are already settling into summer mode. For me, a big part of embracing the summer season is taking advantage of all the fresh, local produce that is available.
Whether you are a part of a CSA, grow your own fruits and vegetables, or are a frequent shopper at farmer’s markets, I hope you do take advantage of the growing season and enjoying the fruits and vegetables that are in season now.
To help inspire and encourage you, I’m running a series all summer called “In Season Now.” Throughout the summer, I’ll bring you as many quality recipes that I can find that feature in-season fruits or vegetables.
Let’s start with bell peppers! Whether bell peppers are already in season where you live, or you are waiting patiently for them to grow, this list of bell pepper recipes will inspire you and leave you with plenty of ideas for using bell peppers for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks!
35 Healthy Recipes with Bell Peppers
There will be more than one stuffed pepper recipe in this round up, but the beauty is they are all different. I love these stuffed peppers because you can make them in your slow cooker! Perfect for those carefree summer days when you want dinner ready to go at dinnertime instead of spending time cooking in the kitchen. (Happy Healthy Mama recipe)
Why not roast your extra bell peppers with some tomatoes and turn them into a sauce? This sounds like the perfect summer pasta dish that the whole family will enjoy. Recipe and photo from Lauren Caris Cooks.
This salad has all the summer things going on. I’m loving the spicy profile and lime, too. Oh, and that beautiful red quinoa? Suddenly this is on my must-make list! Recipe and photo from Pass Me Some Tasty.
I’ll take lasagna flavor in any way, shape, or form. Stuffed in a bell pepper? Sounds fantastic! And just look at that cheese! Swoon. Photo and recipe from A Saucy Kitchen.
This soup is one of my all-time favorite recipes on Happy Healthy Mama. It’s really that good and I insist that you try it. It’s a perfect way to use a ton of vegetables. Wait for a rainy day if you must, but please try this soup!
Best Shakshuka Ever
I saw this picture and knew immediately I wanted to make this, even though I’d never heard of Shakshuka. I read to find out more: “a traditional shakshuka recipe is basically eggs poached in a spiced tomato and pepper stew with onions and garlic.” Sounds like my kind of dish! Recipe and photo from My Organic Diary.
This caught my eye because they are spiked with lemon juice and tangy goat cheese! This combination, along with the chicken and couscous, sounds absolutely delicious! I would probably substitute a whole grain couscous like this one. Recipe and photo from certified pastry aficionado.
I developed this recipe a few years ago when I had more bell peppers than I knew what to do with. If you love stuffed peppers but don’t want to the trouble of stuffing them, you’re going to LOVE this stuffed pepper soup. Bonus: you make it in the slow cooker!
Grilled Korean Turkey Roll Ups
I want to try this recipe because it’s so unique. The flavor profile (soy+sesame oil+mirin) is right up my alley and there’s a bunch of summer vegetables in this recipe. Put it on your list! Recipe and photo from Food Done Light.
I make some form of a hash nearly every week. This is a super way to use a lot of vegetables, including your bell peppers, and of course includes nutritious eggs for your protein. Basically a perfect meal, my friends. Recipe and photo from Running to the Kitchen.
One pot pasta recipes are my favorite, and this one is so so good! If you love fajita flavors, you’re going to LOVE this creamy (yet not too heavy) pasta dish!
How do I stuff thee? Let me count the ways! I love trying different stuffed peppers recipes, and this one is super unique! These lovely peppers are stuffed with artichokes and chickpeas. SOLD! Recipe and photo from Veggie Inspired.
The recipe includes three whole bell peppers, and I can’t think of a better quick, easy, and delicious summer meal. Add some brown rice or quinoa and you’ve got yourself a tasty vegan dinner! This could also be a great side dish for any protein, such as chicken or beef. Recipe and photo from Watch What U Eat.
This one is loaded with vegetables, is made in one pot, is spicy, and only takes 30 minutes. That’s a winner in my book! Recipe and photo from A Virtual Vegan.
This is a summer staple dinner for our family. It’s so easy, tasty, and satisfying! It’s also really customizable. Use whatever vegetables you have on hand or like best.
This bright, beautiful salad may cause me to step right out of my comfort zone. I’m definitely inspired to try something new and I love when food does that to me. Food and photo from Babaganosh.
What a unique way to use your bell peppers! If you have young kids, they will LOVE this! It’s called an appetizer, but it’d also make a great snack. Recipe and photo from Finding Zest.
You can use up your bell peppers in this recipe, but the star of this show is that Spicy Avocado Dressing. You’ll be addicted after your first bite! Add some chicken or salmon for a healthy dinner salad.
To make this spicy dip, you start by roasted red bell peppers and garlic. SOLD! This dipping has got to be packing some incredible flavor. Sign me up! Recipe and photo from The Lean Green Bean.
Oh, man. Just looking at these pictures makes me drool. All the goodness of fajitas, but with portobello mushrooms instead of meat. Trust me, even the meat-lovers in your life will approve! (Happy Healthy Mama recipe)
These peppers are stuffed with ground chicken, jasmine rice, and carrots. Ground beef and turkey are standard in stuffed peppers, but I love how this recipe switches it up and uses ground chicken! Recipes and photo from Avocado Pesto.
You really can’t beat an easy dinner that results in a presentation this beautiful! Can’t you just imagine your family oohing and aaahing over this one? Recipe and photo from Taste and See.
This easy, vegan recipe is FULL of vegetables, including bell peppers. It makes a perfect summer lunch that you can make ahead of time. (Happy Healthy Mama recipe)
Ratatouille Quinoa Casserole
This is a vegan, gluten-free dinner! I am smitten with all the fresh vegetables in this dish as well as the gorgeous tri-color quinoa. Also, it has smoked paprika. My happy place. Recipe and photo from My Organic Diary.
This restaurant-style salsa uses your garden tomatoes as well as green peppers. This one is my husband’s favorite way to enjoy salsa. It might become your favorite, too!
Here’s a recipe that will allow you to use up your bell peppers and your zucchini. It’s also vegan and gluten-free? WIN! Recipe and photo from Eat Spin Run Repeat.
This flavorful dish looks so cozy! I envision making this on a colder, rainy summer day when I am in the mood to cook. My husband’s going to love this recipe with bell peppers. Recipe and photo from From a Chef’s Kitchen.
Have you got a potluck or barbecue to go to and need a salad recipe that will be a crowd-pleaser? This one looks like it’s exactly what you’re looking for! I love all the veggies, edamame, and of course the spicy peanut sauce! Recipe and photo from Killing Thyme.
Why not use up all of your garden vegetables with this recipe for Garden Fresh Vegetable Lasagna? I’d choose veggie lasagna over meat lasagna ANY day of the week, and this one looks like a great way to use some of your bell peppers. Recipe and photo from The Rustic Foodie.
Just look at this vibrant homemade salsa! Homemade salsa is always a favorite of mine, and I especially love when it’s got extra veggies (bell peppers!) hidden inside. Recipe and photo from Stacy Homemaker.
This is another great recipe where you can use a whole bunch of your garden veggies. The spicy sauce for pasta sounds terrific, and I think you could use it for more than just pasta. Recipe and photo from Eating By Elaine.
Roasting peppers is always a good idea. The flavors! This dish utilizes roasted peppers and that makes it a winner in my book. Recipe and photo from An Italian in my Kitchen.
This is an easy, 30 minute dinner recipe that I think would be well received by my family. It uses fresh herbs to amp up the flavor–bonus if you have some growing in your garden! Recipe and photo from Longbourn Farm.
I can’t think of a better way to use up your bell peppers than these gorgeous kabobs. I always love the mix of fruit, meat, and veggies, so I think these are going to be fabulous. Recipe and photo from My Gluten-Free Kitchen.
This smoky sauce might be at the bottom of this round up, but it’s on the top of my list of bell pepper recipes I want to make. I can’t wait to try this one! Recipe and photo from Innocent Delight.