Ingredients (Serves 4):
- 2 Tbsp canola oil
- 2 large red bell peppers, seeded and cut lengthwise
- 2 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- A pinch of pepper teaspoon ground black pepper
1. In a large frying pan over medium heat, add oil and red peppers.
2. Cook for about 5 minutes (if you prefer your peppers less firm cook them for an additional 2 minutes). While cooking add in a pinch of pepper (to taste).
3. Add in balsamic vinegar and cook for an additional minute (If you have a lid for your frying pan, please use it here!).
Expect to be blown away by the thick, sticky, and sweet sauce that coats these red peppers. If you don’t like the acidic taste of balsamic vinegar, try making your own reduction. It’s sweet like candy! When reduced, balsamic vinegar almost has the same consistency as maple syrup (the Canadian variety of course). All of the ways you would think to use maple syrup or another syrupy sauce for that matter, you can do with balsamic vinegar when it has been reduced. Sprinkle it over ice cream, use it in a salad dressing, and even enjoy it drizzled over fruit (most people enjoy strawberries the best with reduced balsamic vinegar). Click here for step-by-step instructions on how make balsamic vinegar reduction.
It’s about balance. . .
It’s good to cook some of the foods we eat on a regular basis using a different cooking method or new ingredients. I normally eat red peppers raw, but this vegetable side dish added a new element to my otherwise boring meal (See picture below). Red peppers are a power vegetable. Besides their strikingly red colour, just half a cup of cooked red peppers allows both men and women to meet their vitamin C requirements for the day. In fact, it’s 161% of women’s Vitamin C Recommended Dietary Allowance. So why do you need Vitamin C? Often known for its immunity boosting powers, Vitamin C is required to help our bodies properly absorb iron. Iron helps to transport oxygen throughout our body, so if you have low iron levels you are most likely to feel tired. If you are feeling tired and think you are iron deficient, see a doctor to get your levels checked and consume Vitamin C with iron-rich foods to help increase iron absorption.