Hannah was recently invited to a delicious lunch at The Grain Store with It’s Pepper Time and Lucy Jones to discuss the benefits of including peppers in our diet. The pepper-inspired menu that the talented chefs concocted for us was healthy and delicious. Peppers are packed with healthy nutrients; they have twice as much vitamin C than oranges and they contain vitamin E, B1, B2 and fibre! So, we asked It’s Pepper Time and The Grain Store for a healthy recipe that is easy to make at home and they have generously agreed to share one of their recipes with Healthy Living London’s readers…
If you’re a veggie like me, peppers as the ‘bun’ on a quinoa, sweet potato and bean burger, is simply delicious! But the recipe below is for the carnivores… My boyfriend loved it.
Pepper Burgers with Beetroot and Goats’ Cheese
Serves 4 Takes 20 Minutes
4 orange peppers
Small glug of olive oil
Salt and pepper, to season
400g minced beef
2 tsp mustard powder
1 large clove of garlic, minced
100g (1 medium) beetroot, grated
2 tbsp porridge oats
2 tbsp breadcrumbs
70g goats’ cheese, sliced
1 small punnet of watercress, snipped
8 crinkle-cut slices of gherkin
8 sundried tomatoes
- Preheat oven to 200°C and cut the peppers in half length-ways, removing any white seeds. Rub the peppers inside and out with olive oil then season with salt and pepper.
- Place the peppers in the oven for 15–20 minutes, or until softened slightly but not collapsing. The peppers should be tinged and golden brown around the edges.
- Place the minced beef, mustard powder, minced garlic, grated beetroot, oats and breadcrumbs in a mixing bowl, season with salt and pepper, then use your hands to combine.
- Mould the mixture into four burger patties. Once formed, lightly oil the surface of the burgers on either side and cook for 3–4 minutes on each side in a large, non-stick frying pan over a medium–high heat.
- Peel and slice the avocados, then top four pepper halves with the avocado slices and snipped watercress. Place a burger patty on top of each pepper ‘burger bun’. On top of this add the sliced goats’ cheese, gherkins and sundried tomatoes. Finish each burger with the remaining pepper halves and serve.
Peppers are so versatile and can be used in so many different ways when cooking, such as for soups, salads, dips, or just grilled on the barbecue, simple. What makes them even more preferable, is that they are child friendly! Check out our instagram inspiration for how you can get the children involved… play with your food and create fun animals or shapes with your peppers!
For more recipe inspiration, check out It’s Pepper Time here.
*Health Advice: If you are concerned about allergies, please consult with your doctor.