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Roasting Some Sweet Peppers In The Toaster Oven

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Experimenting in the kitchen is one of the ways that we like to pass the time these days. One thing that we cannot get enough of are the vast variety of peppers, some from our garden, that can truly spice up just any type of dish. Whether you like them sweet or scorching hot, this is one versatile vegetable that can add both texture and taste. Before we get into how we cook them we thought we would share just some of the possible benefits of adding these to your diet and how they can help your diet improve.

Pepper Nutrition and Benefits

Peppers are one of the best ways to compliment any dish and can definitely bring not only a little kick for the palette but also add a nice bit of color. The variety range from red, yellow, orange and green bell peppers which are the most common. They are an extremely versatile veggie that can be prepared numerous was and can be included in a wide array of different types of dishes. But beyond the stunning good looks and tastes of peppers, they also can provide a nice improvement to your overall diet.

Control Cholesterol Levels

Capsaicin is an element in pepper that can help control the buildup of cholesterol levels in the body. Researchers say that the hotter the chilli the higher the level of the capsaicin, thus the healthier it is. On the other hand one should be keen not to add too much bitter pepper thus making your food almost inedible.

Fat Burner

Hot and sweet peppers can help contribute to weight loss. Capsaicin which is said to give hot red peppers the ‘burning mouth’ effect, aids in boosting metabolism in our bodies and therefore prevents immature fat cells from reaching maturity. Sweet peppers have a component named ‘CH-19 sweet’ which was found to work similar to capsaicin minus the burning effect.

Rich in Vitamin C

Research states that yellow, red or green sweet peppers chopped into half a cup contains double of your daily vitamin C needs. Getting a regular amount of this vitamin can help prevent a number of different maladies and it also help boost your immune system.

Cancer Prevention

Red peppers in particular contain an ingredient called lycopene. It is a carotenoid that lowers the chances of both cervical and prostate cancer. In addition to that, the carotenoids also prevent breast cancer with research from the university of Manchester stating that women who have had a slice of red pepper in their diets have their risk reduced by 17%. This is because the carotenoids have the ability to interfere with the signaling of estrogen. Fibre found in peppers reduce contact of the colon walls with cancer causing toxins thus reducing chances of colon cancer. More so, a combination of folic acid, beta-carotene and vitamin C which are all present in peppers significantly reduce the risk of colon cancer.

Boosts Night Vision

Sweet peppers contain beta-carotene which is later converted to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is essential for night vision. Vitamin A is can also be important to active and passive smokers. Benzopyrene is a carcinogen in cigarette smoke which leads to vitamin A deficiency. Next to quitting smoking, a healthier diet can help minimize some of ill effects.

Stroke Prevention

Regardless of hot or sweet peppers, they are highly rich in B vitamins. Yellow, red and banana peppers have a high percent content of B vitamins and folate. In women, a high dietary consumption of vitamin B6 and folate lowers the probability of dying from stroke and coronary heart disease.

Maintain a Youthful Look

Bell peppers are known for their rich content in vitamin E. The vitamin E plays a key role in skin and hair growth which results in a younger look.

Whether you like peppers grilled, toasted, roasted, on your pizza or in a casserole, eating them on a regular basis can have very positive effects on your health. Today’s toaster ovens also make them a lot more convenient to prepare and enjoy.

Toaster Oven Versatility

We personally love using our toaster oven on a daily basis just because of all of the different meals, dishes, and treats that we can prepare. If you do not yet have one of these in your kitchen then you are truly missing out. This is one gift that you need to give yourself and with the holidays upon us this is the perfect time. When we made our decision we studied up on the toaster oven reviews from GouverneurTimes.com and found a Breville oven that we thought would fit nicely on our counter. We haven’t looked back. Cooking all types of peppers is just one may that we make use of our new kitchen toy, but there is so much more. But back to the peppers for a bit.

The simplest way to enjoy them is to cut them into smaller pieces and lay them out on a baking pan. Drizzle some olive oil and black pepper over them and pop them in the toaster oven for a few minutes. If you want sweet roasted peppers, you can use the broil function and just keep an eye on them. Depending on the oven it can take 10 to 20 minutes. The outside should be a nice blackened charred color. Let them cool for a few minutes and remove the “burnt” skin and what is left is sweet, soft roasted peppers that you can add to anything from salads to chicken fajitas. If you have any left over you can just put them into a ziplock bag and stick them in your freezer.

Bad To The Bog Breakfast Burrito Recipes

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Most of us usually do not have a lot of time to spare in the morning and our diets are usually the first things to suffer from the constant rush. You should however find a way to set aside some time to treat yourself right. A healthy and nourishing breakfast can have a tremendous impact on your body throughout the day. It can provide energy and mental alertness that a lot of us lack for the first few hours of the day as we slowly try and wake up.

Below are just a handful of tasty burrito recipes that you can try to spice up your morning routines and get your days off to a better start.

Egg Burritos

Ingredients

  • 12 diced bacon strips
  • 12 lightly beaten eggs
  • Pepper and salt to taste
  • 10 flour tortillas
  • 1-1/2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup green onions, thinly sliced

Directions

-Cook the bacon until crisp in a large skillet then remove to paper towels. Drain, keeping back 1 to 2 tablespoon drippings. Add eggs, pepper and salt to the drippings. Cook while stirring over medium heating until the eggs are fully set.

-Spoon about ¼ cup of the mixture at the center of each of the tortillas. Sprinkle with onions, cheese and reserved bacon. Fold the sides and bottom of each tortilla over the filling. Wrap each in aluminum foil and waxed paper. Freeze for up to a month.

-Using the frozen burritos: Remove the foil the place the burritos in a microwave while still wrapped with the waxed paper. Use about 60% power for 1-1/2 minutes to heat it through. Let it stand for 20 minutes then serve.

Andouille Egg Burrito Recipes

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup of chopped onions
  • A tablespoon of butter
  • 1/2 pound of sliced Andouille sausage links
  • A tablespoon of chopped green chillies
  • 1 seeded and chopped jalapeno pepper
  • 1/8 tablespoon table salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon of pepper
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 6 warmed flour tortillas
  • 1/2 cup of shredded pepper jack cheese
  • Taco source (optional)

Directions

-In medium heat, cook the onion and butter until tender. Add the chillies, sausage and jalapeno; cook for about 4-5 minutes until all is heated through. Add salt, eggs, cayenne and pepper; cook until the eggs are fully set.

-Spoon fill the center of each tortilla. Sprinkle each with 2 tablespoons of cheese. Fold ends and sides over the filling and roll up. If desired, serve with taco sauce.

Breakfast Burritos with Sausage and Cheese

Ingredients

  • 5 eggs
  • ¼ pound pork sausage
  • 1/3 cup tomato, chopped
  • ¼ cup of chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons green chillies, chopped
  • ¼ tablespoon of pepper
  • 5 slices of cheese
  • 5 warmed flour tortillas
  • 1 cup of chunky salsa
  • 1 cup of sour cream

Directions

-Cook the sausage over medium heat until it is no longer pink in a skillet; drain

-Whisk the eggs, onion, tomato, pepper and chillies in a large bowl. Add the mixture to the skillet; cook while stirring until fully set.

-Put the cheese slice one each tortilla. Spoon fill the center of each tortilla. Top with sour cream and salsa. Fold ends and sides over each filling and roll up.

Green Chilli Breakfast Burritos

Ingredients

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 seeded and minced jalapeno pepper
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 4 turkey sausage links with casings removed
  • 1 cup of reduced fat cheese
  • 4 ounces green chillies, chopped and drained
  • 6 warmed whole wheat tortillas
  • 6 tablespoons of salsa

Directions

-Whisk the eggs, cayenne and jalapeno in a small bowl. Set them aside.

-Into a large skillet, crumble the sausage: cook under medium heat until the pink color is no longer there. Push the sausage to the sides of the pan. Pour the egg mixture that was set aside at the centre of the pan. Cook while stirring until fully set. Sprinkle with chillies and cheese. Remove from the heat source; covet the set and let all the cheese melt.

-Place 1/3 cup of the mixture on the centre of each tortilla. Fold ends and sides over filling and roll up. Top with salsa.

Hopefully some of these recipes will help you kick start your days better and leave you with enough energy to work and play better and longer. Proper diet and nutritional balance can have a profound impact on both your mental and phsyical well-being and getting the vitamins and minerals that your body needs to perform at peak levels should not be ignored. Set your alarm a few minutes earlier and treat yourself right to start every day.

Save A Tremendous Amount Of Time By Using A Food Processor

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Food processors have been a godsend to amateur and professional chefs since they were first brought to market in the early 1970’s. They truly help automate some of the more mundane and labor intensive aspects of cooking while helping to keep you a bit safer while dealing with your food prep. The less you have to handle a knife the less likely you are to cut yourself accidentally. The food processor has also seen its share of technological advances in the kitchen. Today’s machines are not only easy to operate, but they are rather simple to clean as well. Anyone who spends a lot of time in the kitchen should have one of these appliances on their kitchen counter. No matter what type of budget or chef skills you possess, there is sure to be a food processor that is perfect for you.

We decided to do some digging and read through some of the latest food processor reviews  in order to find you some of the best options to help you save some time in the kitchen. Below are some of the top food processor options that should help you fall in love with cooking again by reducing the amount of tedious work that your favorite recipes may require.

Breville BFP800XL

It features two bowls: a smaller one of 2.5 cups and a larger one of 16 cups. The one with a capacity of 16 cups translates to 128 ounces. It also features three different blades and five disks.

Pros

  • Make/Model – It is a professional-grade electronic appliance.
  • Capacity – It has a very large feeding chute which makes it ideal for the family unit.
  • Versatility – It has an extremely handy accessory box which boosts its versatility.
  • Storage Space – It comes along with an extra storage bag for carrying accessories.

Cons

  • Speed – It is very slow and is thus unsuitable or ventures where speed is an issue such as commercial food processing.
  • Rigidity – It is less flexible than other conventional food processing counterparts.

Even with some minor drawbacks the Breville BFP800XL is by far the top choice when it comes to the latest food processor ratings and reviews. That’s because it combines efficiency, power and user satisfaction in a sleek styled package. You can read more on this food processor and see what makes this so popular with owners in their kitchens.

Braun K650 Multiquick

It has a 9-cup bowl capacity alongside several accessories such as universal chopping blade, two shredders, dough hook, citrus juicer, whipping attachment and two slicers.

Pros

  • Noise – It is has a very quiet motor and is hence suitable for use in public environments since it exerts minimal interference to the surrounding environments.
  • Versatility – It is very versatile since it comes along with a wide range of accessories.
  • Efficiency – It is very efficient since it combines a high power consumption of 600W and speed.

Cons

  • Storage Space – It doesn’t come along with extra storage for accessories and hence users have no choice but to make arrangements for extra storage on their own.

In general, Braun K650 Multiquick is a very high quality food processor that has numerous attachments, is affordable and very ideal for creative cooks.

Cuisinart DLC-2009CHB

It has a capacity of 9 cups and comes along with a slicing blade, mixing blade, spatula, recipe booklet and a slicing disk. It is very safe for dishwashers.

Pros

  • Capacity – It has a very large feeding chute.
  • Size – It is less bulky, takes up very small storage space and can be stored even on top of counters.
  • Power Consumption – It has a motor that runs on 600W of electrical energy making it very efficient.

Cons

  • Weight – It is much heavier than the food processors of other models.
  • Durability – It has a track record of frequent breakdowns and is hence a nuisance to users.

Despite the above shortcomings, Cuisinart DLC-2009CHB is relatively sturdy and extremely reliable. It’s modern style also sets it apart and it fits perfectly into any type of modern kitchen.

Hamilton Beach

Hamilton Beach makes some of the top rated food processors for those on a very tight budget. The 70670 model has a 10-cup capacity, has two blades and a free plastic food container. It is very durable and conducive for machine washers.

Pros

  • Weight – It is very compact and portable.
  • Capacity – It has a very large capacity of ten cups which makes it suitable for large family sizes.
  • Size – Owing to its small size, it is very convenient for storage and use.

Cons

  • Power Supply – Its power supply motor of 500W is of average quality and hence is fairly reliable.
  • Reliability – It has registered several incidences of product failures in the past which has tainted its reliability.

On the whole, Hamilton Beach is a very simple and able food processor that is suitable for low income earners given its low prices

Ninja Master Prep (QB900B)

It has two containers made of BPA-free plastic materials. The first container has a capacity of 6 cups whereas the second has a capacity of 2 cups. In addition, it has two cutter sets. It is very safe for dishwashers.

Pros

  • Price – It is relatively cheap and affordable.
  • Use – It is quite ideal for smoothies.
  • Maintenance – It is easy to clean and use.

Cons

  • Power Supply – It has the lowest power consumption of all the major food processing brands. Its motor capacity is just 400W.
  • Versatility – It has the least range of uses, since it is mainly designed for smoothies. It therefore does have very low returns on investments.

This is a basic food processing model that has fewer accessories and is primarily designed for the manufacture of smoothies, however it can get the job done if the recipe calls for it.

All of these are great alternatives to slaving over a cutting board with a knife. They all have safety features that will end up saving your fingers in the long run as well. Food processors can end up being a huge convenience that you wished you had started using sooner. If you love to cook, then this is one small appliance that your kitchen needs.

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