Thursday, August 6, 2009

"Hearty" Poppers

12 jalapeno peppers
1/2 pound lean ground turkey
1/4 c finely chopped red onion
4 ounces fat-free cream cheese
1-1 1/3 c shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
1 Tbsp minced cilantro
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper

Cut jalapenos in half lengthwise, leaving stems intact; discard seeds. Set aside. In a small nonstick skillet over medium heat, cook turkey and onion; drain.

In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, 1/3 c mozzarella cheese, cilantro, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Stir in turkey mixture. Spoon generously into pepper halves.

Place in a baking pan coated with nonstick cooking spray; sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Yields: 2 dozen

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