Roasted red, yellow, or orange bell peppers are one of the most flavorful ways to add vision-healthy nutrients to your vision healthy diet. Roasted peppers are simple enough to find in the store, but nothing beats them fresh off the vine.
What you may not know is that roasting your own peppers at home is as easy as 1-2-3!
- Prepare. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and lay peppers on their sides on the foil, stems pointing sideways.
- Bake. Place pan in oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and, using tongs, give the peppers a half turn and return oven for another 20 minutes. Peppers should be soft and slightly collapsed. If not, return to the oven until they are.
- Seed and Peel. Slice the pepper from top to bottom and lay it open so it becomes one long strip. Remove the stem and seed clump (these should come out easily). Wipe off any loose seeds from inside the pepper. Flip the pepper over and peel off the charred skin, leaving small amounts on for flavor, if desired.
Roasted peppers can be frozen — in fact, they retain their flavor remarkably well. For shorter-term storage, place strips in a sterile jar and cover with olive oil. They’re part of a vision healthy diet and, as an added bonus, the oil will become infused with pepper flavor and can be used in your favorite pasta or bruschetta recipe!
St. Louis LASIK surgeon Dr. Jason P. Brinton, MD is an internationally recognized specialist in the field of refractive surgery, and he loves a vision-healthy diet. He is a graduate of Harvard College, earned his medical doctorate from the Harvard Medical School, and is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He has been inducted to America’s Top Ophthalmologists by the Consumer Research Council of America, Leading Physicians of the World by the International Association of Healthcare Professionals, and Top Doctors in America by Castle Connolly. In 2015, he received global recognition as the recipient of the Visian ICL Young Ophthalmologist Award in Barcelona, Spain, and in 2016 was named Ocular Surgery News’ Premier Surgeon 300 Innovators in Refractive Cataract Surgery. He is a dedicated husband, father of four beautiful children, and is passionate about his life, his work, and service to others.