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HG's Jalapeno Swappers
HG's Jalapeno Swappers

Pop 'Til Ya Drop!

HG loves a challenge, and coming up with a rockin' swap for this cheesy fried finger food was slightly tricky. Luckily, our favorite fiber-packed cereal saved the day (as usual). BTW, if you've never tried fake-frying by baking items covered in low-calorie cereal crumbs, DO IT NOW!!! (Sorry, got carried away there.) HG Tip: Bake up a batch (or two - they'll go fast!) this Super Bowl Sunday, and you and your poppers will be the life of the party. Touchdown, HG!

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Fiber One Original bran cereal

1/4 cup fat-free cream cheese, room temperature

1/4 cup shredded fat-free cheddar cheese

5 jalapeno peppers, halved lengthwise, seeds and stems removed (see HG Tip)

1/4 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)

Optional: salt, pepper and/or garlic powder

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.

In a blender or food processor, grind cereal into crumbs. Transfer to a wide bowl and mix in optional seasonings.

In a small bowl, thoroughly mix cream cheese with shredded cheddar cheese. Evenly spoon and spread mixture into pepper halves.

Place egg substitute in another wide bowl. One at a time, coat pepper halves with egg substitute, shake to remove excess, and coat with crumbs. Evenly place on the baking sheet, stuffed sides up.

Bake until outside is crispy and pepper halves have softened, 25 - 30 minutes.


Serving Size: 5 poppers
Calories: 126
Fat: 1g
Sodium: 425mg
Carbs: 22g
Fiber: 8g
Sugars: 4g
Protein: 14g

PointsPlus® value 3*

HG Tip! Use a spoon to seed your jalapenos. When handling jalapenos, don't touch your eyes -- that pepper juice can STING. And wash your hands well immediately afterward.



Arby's Jalapeno Bites, Regular Size
Arby's Jalapeno Bites, Regular Size

Jalapeno Floppers

Here's the scoop. In this bar favorite, bite-sized hot peppers are stuffed with cheesy goo, dunked in egg, flour and breadcrumbs, and then fried to a crispy, oily finish. Yikes. It's no wonder that just a few of these crazy critters add up to hundreds of fatty calories! Don't get us wrong; we're ALL FOR fried, cheesy things with a spicy kick -- IF they're low in calories and high in fiber. Yeah, we know that's a tall order, but HG can fill it (did you have any doubt?). So skip the fast food poppers and their freakish 21 grams of fat. And pop some of our Jalapeno Swappers instead!


Serving Size: 1 regular-sized order; 5 poppers

Calories: 305

Fat: 21g

Sodium: 526mg

Carbs: 29g

Fiber: 2g

Sugars: 3g

Protein: 5g

 

PointsPlus® value 9*



 

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