Guiltless Poppers

Snacks don’t have to be filled with calories – but they do need to be filled with flavor. Try these poppers on holiday buffets and as a game-day treat. If jalapeños are too hot for you, use milder cherry peppers or Anaheim peppers instead. For a more budget-conscious version, substitute shredded cheddar cheese for the Parmesan.


NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:
PER SERVING

Calories: 84
Total Fat: 4.8g
Saturated fat: 3.1g
Monounsaturated fat: 1.2g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.2g
Protein: 7.1g
Carbohydrate: 3.5g
Fiber: 0.9g
Cholesterol: 11mg
Iron: 0.6mg
Sodium: 334mg
Calcium: 117mg

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Ingredients:

½ cup (4 oz) soft goat cheese
½ cup (4 oz) fat-free cream cheese, softened
½ cup (2 oz) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
½ cup finely chopped seeded tomato
2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions
2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
½ teaspoon kosher salt
16 jalapeño peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded (about 1½ pounds)
Cooking spray
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

PREPARATION:
1. Prepare grill to medium-high heat.

2. Combine first seven ingredients (cheeses, tomato, onion, sage and salt) in a bowl and stir to combine well.

3. Spoon about 2 teaspoons cheese mixture into each pepper half. Place pepper halves, cheese side up, on grill rack coated with cooking spray.

4. Grill (or broil) peppers 5 minutes or until bottoms of peppers are charred and cheese mixture is lightly browned.

5. Remove to a serving platter and sprinkle with chopped cilantro

Serves 16 – 2 pepper halves per person







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