One of my favorite treats as a kid were those frozen cream-cheese-stuffed, deep-fried jalapeno poppers. I always burned my tongue trying to eat them straight out of the oven and it was totally worth it. And let’s be clear: these are not the same thing. But that’s okay because you can eat an entire plateful of these and call it dinner.
Healthy Jalapeño Poppers are a ten-minute craving fix. Whip a few cheeses and spices together, fill the jalapeños, and broil until bubbly and delicious – you still get the crunch from the panko without deep frying or running to the store for a frozen box.
Aside from being delicious, spicy food fills me up quickly and keeps me feeling full longer. I can easily eat an entire bowl of popcorn but just a few of these are enough to satisfy a junk food craving.
Cottage cheese by itself is always a little questionable for me, but it’s great as a filler when you combine it with stronger flavors. In these poppers, the curds melt away and the flavor is all cream cheese. You can also add seasonings – creole seasoning works well.
- 4 jalapeños halved lengthwise & seeded
- 3 T. fat-free cream cheese
- 3 T. fat-free cottage cheese
- 1 clove garlic minced
- salt to taste
- 3 T. panko breadcrumbs
Arrange jalapeño halves cut side down on a foil-covered baking sheet.
Broil for a couple minutes until just beginning to roast.
Mix cream cheese, cottage cheese, garlic, and salt together in a small bowl.
Flip the jalapeños over and fill with the cheese mixture. Don't overfill, as the cheese will bubble while baking.
Sprinkle panko on top of each jalapeño half.
Bake on the bottom rack under the broiler for just a few minutes, watching closely, until the panko is golden brown and the cheese is bubbling.