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Recipe: Red and green bell pepper boats

Posted October 2, 2014

I'm sharing one more recipe from the American Heart Association, which drew support from the fun Triangle Heart Walk over the weekend and launched a campaign last month to help families live healthier lives.

This recipe makes for a festive appetizer or snack. 

Red and Green Bell Pepper Boats

1 medium green bell pepper
1 medium red bell pepper
1/4 cup sliced almonds
4 ounces low-fat cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon salt-free lemon pepper seasoning blend
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Cut each bell pepper in half lengthwise; discard the stems, ribs, and seeds. Cut each half into six pieces. Arrange the pieces with the skin side down on a decorative serving platter. Set aside.

In a medium skillet, dry-roast the almonds over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes, or until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Transfer 1 tablespoon of the almonds to a small plate and reserve for garnishing. Process the remaining almonds in a food processor or blender for 15 to 20 seconds, or until finely ground.

In a medium mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, lemon pepper seasoning blend, and lemon juice with an electric mixer for 1 to 2 minutes, or until creamy. Add the ground almonds and beat for 10 seconds, or until combined.

Spoon the mixture into a piping bag fitted with a wide star or round tip. Or snip the corner off a resealable plastic bag (a plastic freezer bag works well) and spoon in the mixture. Pipe about 1 teaspoon of the mixture onto each bell pepper piece. Garnish with the sliced almonds.

NUTRITION ANALYSIS (per serving)
Serves 8; 3 pieces per serving

Calories 57
Total Fat 4.0 g
Saturated Fat 1.5 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.5 g
Cholesterol 8 mg
Sodium 43 mg
Carbohydrates 3 g
Fiber 1 g
Sugars 1 g
Protein 2 g
Dietary Exchanges: 1 fat

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  • liskm Oct 5, 2014

    I enjoyed banana peppers sliced open lengthwise and add slivers of pepperjack cheese in cavity (can add bits of cooked chicken etc).
    Bake until cheese melted. Great snack!