Roasted Red Bell Pepper and Red Jalapeno Pesto

This is a lovely Mexican style pesto that is great to bring to a pot luck or for an appetizer for a dinner party .  I like to serve it with chips, our guacamole and pico de gallo.

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Recipe: Approx. 2 Cups

  • 1 Red Bell Pepper – roasted
  • 5 Red Jalapeno Peppers – roasted
  • 1 Cup Manchego Cheese – finely shredded
  • 1 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Toasted Papitas
  • 1/4 Cup Raw Walnuts
  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt or to taste
Instructions:
Roasted peppers

Roast the bell pepper on the stovetop on medium high heat.  A gas stove works the best but it will work fine on an electric stove. Char the peppers on all sides turning with a pair of tongs.  When good and charred, steam them for 10 minutes in a covered dish or a paper bag rolled shut to hold in the steam.

Take a paper towel and rub off the char.  It’s ok to leave a little of the char.  Slice in half and remove the seeds and stems.

Pesto

Measure all ingredients and put everything in a food processor or blender and puree.

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Health Benefits:

Red Bell Peppers are matured green bell peppers and have more nutrition as they mature.  They are super high in vitamin A which helps to support healthy eyesight, especially night vision and are extremely high in vitamin C, so much so they have twice as much as an orange which makes it really good for the skin.  Red peppers are one of the highest veggies in lycopene, and have been successfully tested in the prevention of many cancers.  They have a good source of the antioxidant mineral manganese and B-complex and vitamin E.  They help reduces ‘bad’ cholesterol, helps controls diabetes and helps reduce pain.  They are also a good source of fiber, folate, vitamin K, molybdenum and manganese.

 Jalapenos are a rich source of vitamin C, 1 pepper provides 18 % of the daily value for men and 23 % for women. They also have a good amount of vitamin A, which helps skin and eye health.  Jalapenos contain phenols, flavonoids and capsaicinoids that help the body fight free radicals, inflammation and promote weight loss.  The bioflavonoids are powerful antioxidants and help strengthen blood vessels. They also fight nasal congestion by stimulating secretions that help clear mucus from the nose.  They contain more vitamin B6 aiding the immune system, E that protect the cells and K, which increases bone mass, than any other pepper.

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