As the weather cools down, I find myself wanting to eat warm foods – soups, stews, baked pasta casseroles, and all those other comforting warm dishes. I find that I don’t want to eat as many salads and fresh vegetables – I just don’t like the idea of munching on cold things. And while there are many healthy fall and winter foods out there, such as vegetable soups, roasted butternut squash, roasted Brussels sprouts, etc., they are still not as healthy for you as eating fresh vegetables.
When vegetables are cooked, some of the vitamins break down and we don’t get as much nutrition out of them as we could. I mean, there’s a reason there is a whole raw food movement out there. I would NEVER be able to eat raw foods only, but I do like to maximize my raw vegetable intake, and this is a bit trickier in the winter, mostly because I’m a baby and I don’t want to eat salad in the winter. First world problems, I know.
This warm bell pepper salad solves all of those issues. It is made from bell peppers, carrots, and red onions. These three ingredients are just slightly warmed up in a garlicky olive oil – not enough to cook them or to reduce their nutritious content, just enough to coat them in delicious flavor. (more…)