Stuffed Jalapeños Lightened Up

One of my great friends Angie always posts these amazing looking recipes on facebook. This past week while Craig was on facebook, Angie posted a recipe for stuffed jalapenos and they looked amazing! Craig asked me to make them this weekend and we are always willing to try out new recipes so I decided I would and thank goodness I did. They were fantastic!

As I was reading the recipe, I knew I could definitely swap out some ingredients for “lower calorie” ingredients. So I did. And they were incredible! The flavor and texture of these jalapeños are perfect. The jalapeños are not hot, so if you are sensitive to spicy/hot foods, don’t worry. You will definitely be able to handle these with no problems…just make sure you get all the seeds out of the peppers. J

Stuffed Jalapeños

22 Jalapenos

1 lb of Jennie-O Breakfast Turkey Sausage

8 oz Reduced Fat Cream Cheese

1 cup Parmesan Cheese

Preheat the oven to 425. Cook the turkey sausage until brown. Mix cream cheese and Parmesan cheese together. Add the cooked turkey sausage to the cream cheese mixture and mix well. Wash the jalapenos and then cut the jalapenos in half. Spoon the sausage-cheese mixture into the jalapenos (I used about 1 Tbs in each jalapeno-sometimes less and sometimes more depending on the size of the pepper.).  Line a baking sheet with foil and place stuffed peppers on the pan. Cook the peppers for 20 minutes. Let peppers cool and enjoy!

The original recipe called for regular hot sausage and regular cream cheese. By swapping out for turkey sausage and reduced fat cream cheese, you save 890 calories overall! Each pepper that has been lightened up is only 36 calories.

I know some people may be thinking turkey sausage is not the same as regular sausage; but trust me, the flavor/texture of turkey sausage is not that different. You will not be disappointed with these peppers. These are packed with flavor and with the bonus of fewer calories. I hope you try them out and enjoy them just as much as we did.

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