- 2 large red bell peppers
- 160 grams organic feta cheese
- 2 tbsp. pine nuts
- 1 x tsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 squeeze of lemon juice
- handful of fresh chives, finely chopped
- handful of fresh parsley, finely chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
2) Cut the peppers in half right down the middle and discard the seeds and stork. Place a little bit of water on a baking tray and place the pepper halves on the tray. Bake for about 12 minutes, until the peppers are tender.
3) In the mean time, crumble the feta into a bowl and the rest of the ingredients. Stir everything together thoroughly until everything is evenly mixed.
4) Once the peppers are done, take the out of the oven, and turn them over so that they resemble a container. Place even portions of the cheese mixture into the pepper halves and bake for another 10-12 minutes. Once the cheese is lightly browned, it is time to serve.
HEALTH BENEFITS – Jack’s comment:
Every time I go on holiday to somewhere in the Mediterranean, I inadvertently end up eating pretty low-carb. Last year in Greece, I sort of got addicted to these!
Although we probably shouldn’t go overboard with cheese, in moderation it offers many health benefits. Of course just as is the case with red meat, fish etc … not all cheese is equal! So we can’t go comparing the non-food you get in cheeseburgers to a food as nutrient-dense as feta, which is rich in calcium, magnesium, zinc, folate, and contains all four of the fat soluble vitamins: A, D, E and K.
Good quality cheeses also contain a type of fat called CLA, which has anti-cancer properties and may also offer some benefits in the way of fat-loss (although these are probably marginal at best).
Sweet peppers are great because as well as increasing the sweetness of a sugar-controlled diet, they are a brilliant source of vitamin C, potassium, vitamin K and beta-carotene. They also contain:
- lycopene – a carotenoid that has prostate-cancer reducing potential
- beta-cryptoxanthin – a carotenoid that has lung-cancer reducing potential
These stuffed peppers can be eaten as a protein rich, healthy snack or as part of a main meal.