Light and Bright Pepper Delight


This bright and colorful dish will please the palate of pepper lovers. Served over rice with faux meat strips, it can be a satisfying meal in its own right. It would also work well as a side dish.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 13-15 minutes
Makes 4 servings


  • 1 small-medium of each: orange, red, yellow, and green bell peppers, seeded and cut into thin slices
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 small tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped into large pieces
  • 1/4 head cabbage, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy or tamari sauce
  • Basil, sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 or 4 scrapes of lemon zest
  • 1/4 lemon
  • 1 package of faux-meat strips (Smart Strips) (optional)

* Have preferred rice prepared beforehand.


  1. Heat the oil for a few moments, then add the onions and garlic. Allow them to sautee on medium heat until onions are translucent.
  2. Add the cabbage, stir, and allow to cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add the carrots, peppers, basil, salt, and ground pepper. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. If using faux meat strips, cook according to package (allow about six minutes preparation).
  5. Add lemon zest and tomatoes. If desired, add another splash of soy/tamari sauce. Cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  6. If using faux meat, squeeze lemon juice on strips, then add to the vegetable mixture.
  7. Serve hot over rice. Spoon juices over rice for some extra flavor.

The colorful peppers
The colorful peppers

The food cooks
The food cooks

The final product
The final product



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