Red and Green Bell Pepper Bites

  • Serves: 8; 3 pieces per serving


Ingredients

1 medium green bell pepper
1 medium red bell pepper
1/4 cup sliced almonds
4 ounces fat-free or reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon no-salt lemon pepper seasoning blend
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Cooking Instructions

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.

Cook's Tip

Flavorful toasted almonds and zesty lemon-pepper contrast nicely with crisp bell pepper pieces in this festive appetizer.



Nutritional Analysis
Per serving
Calories Per Serving
39
Total Fat
1.5 g
Saturated Fat
0.0 g
Trans Fat
0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat
0.5 g
Monounsaturated Fat
1.0 g
Cholesterol
3 mg
Sodium
71 mg
Carbohydrates
3 g
Fiber
1 g
Sugar
2 g
Protein
3 g

Dietary Exchanges


1/2 fat

 




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