Cheese Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patty's Day! Here is something green for you! I love stuffed jalapenos with cream cheese and three cheese blend. Ohhhh they are so good, but I used to make them wrapped in bacon or with bacon sprinkled on the top. I know I was bad! Hey, how do you think I got to be on this program LOL. I had this recipe for some time now from http://www.allrecipes.com/. The person who posted the recipe got it from a man in a grocery store who was buying a bunch of jalapeno peppers. She politely asked him what he was making with them and he gave her the recipe right there in the store. How sweet! Thanks for sharing nice gentleman that you are :) Well, everything is on plan in the recipe except the bacon so why not give it a try! I did leave out the Worcestershire sauce. It sure tasted pretty good to me. I used crushed Parmesan puffs in place of Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs for the topping. This makes a nice snack or appetizer because you still have 3/4 Lean and 2 Greens left over for your lean and green. You can have 3.75 oz beef, 4.5 oz chicken, 5.25 oz shrimp or fish as your other lean with one other condiment such as salad dressing as a marinade. Throw it on the grill or bake it. Yum! Also, I say 3 to 4 jalapenos because the size varies. You will probably have to weigh it to get the correct serving size. I am in the process of asking Nutrition Support how many grams of jalapenos equal a serving size so I will let you know. Also, next time I think I may just use 3 jalapenos anyways because 8 cheese stuffed jalapenos was sooo much to eat. I think 6 sounds like a better number LOL. Enjoy!


Cut in half with seeds and membranes removed.


Boil for 5 to 10 minutes. I boiled for 10 minutes to make them more milder.


Fill with cheese mixture and top with crushed Parmesan cheese puffs.


Cheese Stuffed Jalapenos
Slightly adapted from Janice Montiverdi

Ingredients:
2 light laughing cow cream cheese (1 Healthy Fat)
1/4 cup 2% reduced fat Mexican Three Cheese Blend (1/4 Lean)
1/8 tsp Worcestershire sauce - I left this out (1/2 Condiment)
3 to 4 Jalapenos, depends on size (1 Green)
1 tbsp grated parmesan cheese (1 Condiment)

Directions:
Cut jalapenos in half lengthwise; remove seeds and membranes. In a large saucepan, boil peppers in water for 5-10 minutes (the longer you boil the peppers, the milder they become). Drain and rinse in cold water; set aside.

In a small mixing bowl, beat thelaughing cow cream cheese, cheddar cheese and Worcestershire sauce (optional). Spoon 2 teaspoonfuls into each jalapeno half; sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese. Place on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees F for 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve warm.

1/4 Lean, 1 Green, 1 1/2 Condiments with the Worcestershire sauce or 1 without it and 1 Healthy Fat


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