Healthy Jalapeño Poppers

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One of my favorite treats as a kid were those frozen cream-cheese-stuffed, deep-fried jalapeno poppers. I always burned my tongue trying to eat them straight out of the oven and it was totally worth it. And let’s be clear: these are not the same thing. But that’s okay because you can eat an entire plateful of these and call it dinner.

Healthy Jalapeño Poppers are a ten-minute craving fix. Whip a few cheeses and spices together, fill the jalapeños, and broil until bubbly and delicious – you still get the crunch from the panko without deep frying or running to the store for a frozen box.

Healthy Jalapeno Poppers

Aside from being delicious, spicy food fills me up quickly and keeps me feeling full longer. I can easily eat an entire bowl of popcorn but just a few of these are enough to satisfy a junk food craving.

Healthy Jalapeno Poppers

Cottage cheese by itself is always a little questionable for me, but it’s great as a filler when you combine it with stronger flavors. In these poppers, the curds melt away and the flavor is all cream cheese. You can also add seasonings – creole seasoning works well.

Healthy Jalapeño Poppers
 
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Serves: 8 poppers
Ingredients
  • 4 jalapeños, halved lengthwise & seeds removed
  • 3 T. fat-free cream cheese
  • 3 T. fat-free cottage cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • salt to taste
  • (optional) creole seasoning to taste
  • 3 T. panko breadcrumbs
Instructions
  1. Arrange jalapeño halves cut side down on a foil-covered baking sheet.
  2. Broil for a couple minutes until just beginning to roast.
  3. Mix cream cheese, cottage cheese, garlic, and salt together in a small bowl.
  4. Flip the jalapeños over and fill with the cheese mixture. Don't overfill, as the cheese will bubble while baking.
  5. Sprinkle panko on top of each jalapeño half.
  6. Bake on the bottom rack under the broiler for just a few minutes, watching closely, until the panko is golden brown and the cheese is bubbling.

Nutrition Facts
4 servings per container
Serving size 2 poppers

Amount per serving
Calories 44
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 346mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 2g
Includes g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 4g

Calcium 4mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Not a significant source of vitamin D, or potassium.

The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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One Reply to “Healthy Jalapeño Poppers”

  1. I have hesitated to make these at home, due to the the ( usual) frying. But the panko on top seems like it is a good crunchy substitution as you suggest. Thanks for this recipe. I want to try it soon, for a holiday party we are going to .
    Thanks Katy

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