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Healthy Wonton Recipes: Wonton Taquitos. Cheesy Pepperoni Poppers, Spanakopita

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Wonton wrappers are like beautiful and edible blank slates -- you can do almost ANYTHING with them! We took this basic Asian ingredient -- usually found near the refrigerated tofu at the grocery store -- for a trip to a few new countries. Taste what happened. DO IT!

 
 
Wonton 'Quitos

PER SERVING (1/4th of recipe, 4 pieces): 202 calories, 2g fat, 759mg sodium, 20g carbs, 0.5g fiber, 2.5g sugars, 23g protein -- PointsPlus® value 5*

Mexican finger food at its finest -- crunchy, perfectly sized, and with an ideal calorie count. So good and SO easy to make!





Ingredients:
One 12.5-oz. can 98% fat-free chunk white chicken breast in water, drained and flaked (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup salsa verde (a.k.a. green salsa)
1/3 cup shredded fat-free cheddar cheese
1/4 cup frozen corn, thawed and patted dry
1 tbsp. chopped roasted red peppers
16 small square wonton wrappers
Optional dips: red enchilada sauce, additional salsa verde, fat-free sour cream

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet by spraying with nonstick spray and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the chicken with salsa and mix thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

Drain any excess liquid from the chicken mixture. Add cheese, corn, and roasted red peppers to the bowl. Mix thoroughly and set aside.

Lay two wrappers flat on a clean, dry surface. Spoon a heaping tablespoon of chicken mixture onto each wrapper, and spread it evenly over the entire surface of each. Roll each wonton up tightly into a cigar-shaped tube. Place wontons on the baking sheet, seam side down. If needed, secure with toothpicks. Repeat with remaining wontons and chicken mixture.

Bake until crispy, about 15 minutes.

Allow to cool slightly. Remove toothpicks, if using. Then serve and, if you like, dunk in the optional dips!

MAKES 4 SERVINGS

HG Alternative! If you're not into canned chicken, use 1 1/2 cups of cooked & shredded lean skinless chicken breast instead. (But honestly, canned chicken rocks in this recipe.) 

 
 
 
Triple-Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Poppers

PER SERVING (1/4th of recipe, 3 poppers): 135 calories, 3.5g fat, 496mg sodium, 16.5g carbs, 1g fiber, 3.5g sugars, 7g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*

Fill your wrappers with pizza toppings, bake, and chew -- you'll never go back to those frozen things from Totino's...

Ingredients:
1/3 cup light or low-fat ricotta cheese
12 slices turkey pepperoni (Hormel's is the best!), chopped
3 wedges The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese
1 1/2 tsp. tomato paste
1/2 tsp. dried minced onion
12 small square wonton wrappers
12 sprays I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! Spray
1 tbsp. reduced-fat Parmesan-style grated topping
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 cup canned crushed tomatoes
1/8 tsp. Italian seasoning

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine ricotta cheese, chopped pepperoni, cheese wedges, tomato paste, and dried minced onion. Mix thoroughly and set aside.

Lay two wrappers flat on a clean, dry surface. Spoon a tablespoon of filling into the center of each wrapper. Moisten all four edges of each wrapper by dabbing your fingers in water and going over the edges smoothly. One at a time, fold the bottom left corner of each wrapper to meet the top right corner, forming a triangle and enclosing the filling. Press firmly on the edges to seal. Repeat with all remaining wrappers and filling, gently and evenly placing each "popper" flat on the baking sheet.

Spritz the top of each popper with a spray of butter spray. Evenly sprinkle with Parm-style topping and garlic powder.

Bake in the oven until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Allow to cool slightly.

Meanwhile, combine crushed tomatoes with Italian seasoning in a microwave-safe bowl. Stir well. Microwave for 1 minute, or until hot. Give seasoned tomatoes a stir and serve with poppers for dipping. YUM!

MAKES 4 SERVINGS 

 
 
 
Spanako-pieces

PER SERVING (1/4th of recipe, 4 pieces): 179 calories, 2g fat, 863mg sodium, 21.5g carbs, 1.5g fiber, 2.5g sugars, 12.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*

Like Greek spanakopita but with a lot less fat and no phyllo dough involved. IRRESISTIBLE!!!






Ingredients:
One 10-oz. package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 cup crumbled fat-free feta cheese
4 wedges The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese
1/3 cup diced onion
1/2 tsp. chopped garlic
1/2 tsp. dried parsley
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/8 tsp. salt
16 small square wonton wrappers
16 sprays I Can't Believe It’s Not Butter! Spray

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray and set aside.

To make the filling, combine all ingredients except wonton wrappers and butter spray in a bowl. Mix thoroughly and set aside.

Lay two wrappers flat on a clean, dry surface. Spoon a heaping tablespoon of filling into the upper-right portion of each wrapper. Spread filling out slightly so it covers one triangular half of each wrapper. One at a time, fold the lower triangular half over the filling, and gently pat to adhere. (No need to seal the edges.) Repeat with all remaining wrappers and filling, carefully and evenly placing each piece flat on the baking sheet.

Spritz the top of each piece with a spray of butter spray. Bake in the oven until golden brown, 12 - 15 minutes, carefully flipping halfway through.

Allow to cool slightly and then enjoy!

MAKES 4 SERVINGS

 
 

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