Soul hooked on... Capsicum
This week's Soul Hooked On is Capsicum, or more commonly known as Bell Peppers.
This fruit (yes, fruit!) comes in a rainbow of different colours including red, yellow, orange, green, white, and purple - but they are basically green capsicums that have been harvested at different stages of their ripening process.
Green capsicums are harvested earlier before they fully ripen and a little more bitter in taste compared to the other colours, while red capsicums are fully ripened, sweeter and takes more time to grow. Some studies have shown that red, yellow and orange capsicums are actually more nutrient-dense compared to green ones.
Fun Fact: The colour a bell pepper ripens to is determined by the seed variety, not the amount of time it is left on the vine to ripen. Meaning that a red bell pepper seed will only ripen from green to red – and the same goes for orange and yellow bell pepper seed varieties.
Is it strange to have a favourite bell pepper? 😂 Mine is definitely the red one! What's your favourite colour and taste when it comes to bell peppers?
And throw back to this stuffed pepper I did with @veganannie back in New York in 2018. (I miss you gal💛) One of the things I’m missing in 2020 is travelling to see my friends. While healthy and safety comes first, I hope you are all well and have a peaceful week ahead.
Why "eye" love capsicums 🌶
Not only is it a colourful ingredient that can brighten up a dish and make it pop on the eyes, but it's also healthy for them too!
Capsicums contain high amounts of carotenoids that can help to improve eye health, which are prone to deteriorating as we age. Since most of us are definitely guilty of staring at our phone, computer or TV for far longer than we should, it's important we not only take the time to rest our eyes but consume nutrients that will nourish them.
Shocking Fact: Average adult will spend 34 years of their life looking at screens. That’s 5000 hours a year 😨 If you are still reading this, we are both guilty🤭 If you don’t need me, I shall head back to the kitchen and work on my bell pepper recipe, which is up next!
Throw back to the pop up dinner I did with all these amazing humans @chefmeikei @commonfarms@sowtale @eggplant_diary@thevegelab Miss the times when we can all bond over food💛
For this summer, while we are all staying in - Romesco Sauce would be a good sauce to put a smile on your face 😉
As much as I love capsicums , I know some people (especially kids) may not like the look and texture of them. We are our worst enemy when it comes to food. Turning #bellpeppersinto a sauce is a great idea to trick the eyes and palate yet still retaining the good #nutrients for the body.
Try this recipe I created for a @hello.soulistic private dining event - it's easy to make at home for yourself, your kids or your party guests too!
- 1 cup roasted red peppers
- 1 cup roasted almonds
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 2 1/2 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 tsp paprika
- Pinch of salt and black pepper
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Blend all the above (except the oil) in a high-speed blender to your preferred texture.
- Stream in the oil and pulse the blender. That's it!
Here I paired it with some fried calamari (made from king oyster mushrooms), while I paired this same sauce with corn on the cob - it's such a versatile add-on to your dish !
Perfect with anything, just like guacamole. I know it's not the same but you know what I mean😆 Any interesting way to use this sauce? Comment below or #soulhookedon to let me know 🙂
Soulistic is a vegan brand created by Chef and Food Therapist, Tiffany Lau (@soulhookedonfood), as a platform to educate customers about healthier diets over medication by providing products and experiences that create change from within. Read about her story and what led her to start Soulistic here.