Jalapeno peppers contain capsaicin, a powerful active component of chili peppers that is used in a variety of beneficial ways. Capsaicin has been tested, in both the chili powder and the purified active form extracted from peppers, and shown that it may inhibit the growth of foodborne bacteria. Capsaicin is also believed to contribute to weight loss since it may increase metabolic rate. Surprisingly, the capsaicin in peppers may reduce the temperature of the skin but can increase core body temperature. Adding this veggie to your diet can be a great way to boost your meals!
Recipe of the Week
Cheesy Bacon Jalapeno Skillet Cornbread
Yield: 6 Servings
-4 Slices Bacon
-2 Tablespoons White Sugar
-3 Jalapeno Peppers, Minced
-1/2 Teaspoon Salt
-1 Cup Yellow Cornmeal
-1/4 Cup Butter, Melted
-1 Cup Skim Milk
-1 Cup Shredded Pepperjack Cheese, divided
-¾ Cup Gluten-Free Flour
-5 Green Onions, chopped
-1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
– ½ Teaspoon Olive Oil
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place a bacon in cast iron skillet and cook over medium-high heat for about 10 minutes. Put the bacon aside and spread olive oil on the sides of the skillet. Be sure to clean the skillet to rid of the grease from the bacon.
2. Cook the jalapeno peppers in the skillet over medium heat until lightly brown for about 5 minutes. Combine the cornmeal and skim milk together in a bowl, let sit until some of the liquid is absorbed, 5-10 minutes.
3. Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together in a separate bowl. Mix eggs and butter into corneal mixture; stir into flour mixture just until batter is moist. Fold ½ cup pepperjack cheese and green onions into batter. Pour the batter into the cast iron skillet; crumble bacon over top and sprinkle remaining cheese over bacon.
4. Bake in the preheated oven until set and insert a toothpick in the center until it comes out clean, about 18 minutes.
Source: Mattes, R. D., & Ludy, M. J. (2016). Chemesthesis and health.Chemesthesis: Chemical Touch in Food and Eating, 227. Retrieved from: https://books.google.com/books?id=y5dmCwAAQBAJ&lpg=PA227&ots=cJ-sX8FyRP&dq=jalapeno%20peppers%20health%20benefits&lr&pg=PA227#v=onepage&q&f=false