Bell Peppers are in Season: Pasta recipe, fun facts, & more!
Come see us this Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 8:00 to 12:00 at the Norman Farm Market for their watermelon festival. We will be there with our hula hoops and new recipes for you to take home. Watermelons are in season and the market will have juicy slices for you and your family to taste. We also want you to see all the other tasty fruits and vegetables in season. We are extra excited for you to see the bell peppers, they are growing faster than the farmers can pick them! Bell peppers are great for many reasons. They come in different colors. Their mild flavors go well with many foods from salads, pizza, and main dishes. Bell peppers have lots of health benefits too. The are low in calories and loaded with Vitamin A and C, even more vitamin C than an orange!
Fun Facts about Bell Peppers!
OK Grown: In Oklahoma, peppers are in season from July to October. Shopping Tip: Look for peppers with firm, shiny, and wrinkle-free skin. Storage Tip: Refrigerate peppers unwashed in a plastic bag in the vegetable drawer. Heidi Steenbergn, an intern working with us this week, created a new recipe using bell peppers for us to try; it is pasta, pea, and bell pepper salad. This pasta dish is something the whole family will love and its a budget saver! It cost a $1.70 per serving to prepare and we had lots of Italian dressing left over. So really, it cost even less! It is quick as well. The total prep time is less than half an hour including the time to prepare the pasta. The recipe serves 6 people.
- 1 cup frozen sweet peas, rinsed
- 2 1/2 cups water
- ⅔ cup Italian salad dressing
- 8 ozs whole wheat rotini pasta
- 1½ cups red, green and yellow bell peppers, cubed
- 3 green onions, chopped
- Ground black pepper, to taste
- In a medium saucepan, bring peas and water to a boil. Boil for 3-5 minutes, or until peas are cooked. Drain and transfer peas to a large bowl.
- Stir salad dressing into peas and set aside.
- Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions or until tender. Drain.
- Cut bell peppers into cubes and chop green onions then add to peas.
- Toss pasta with peas, peppers, and green onions.
- Add salt and black pepper. Serve warm or chilled.
Happy Hump Day! I hope we see you Saturday at the Norman Farm Market. To see a list of all the Farmers' Markets in Oklahoma visit www.okgrown.com
The ONIE Project Team