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Red and Green Bell Pepper Boats

Flavorful toasted almonds and zesty lemon-pepper contrast nicely with crisp bell pepper pieces in this festive appetizer.

 

Ingredients

1 medium green bell pepper
1 medium red bell pepper
1/4 cup sliced almonds
4 ounces low-fat cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon salt-free lemon pepper seasoning blend
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Instructions

 

Red and Green Bell Pepper Boats; Go Red for Women Heart Healthy RecipesCut each bell pepper in half lengthwise; discard the stems, ribs, and seeds. Cut each half into six pieces. Arrange the pieces with the skin side down on a decorative serving platter. Set aside.

 

In a medium skillet, dry-roast the almonds over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes, or until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Transfer 1 tablespoon of the almonds to a small plate and reserve for garnishing. Process the remaining almonds in a food processor or blender for 15 to 20 seconds, or until finely ground.

 

In a medium mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, lemon pepper seasoning blend, and lemon juice with an electric mixer for 1 to 2 minutes, or until creamy. Add the ground almonds and beat for 10 seconds, or until combined.

 

Spoon the mixture into a piping bag fitted with a wide star or round tip. Or snip the corner off a resealable plastic bag (a plastic freezer bag works well) and spoon in the mixture. Pipe about 1 teaspoon of the mixture onto each bell pepper piece. Garnish with the sliced almonds.

 

Serves 8

 

Nutritional Analysis

Serving Size: 3 pieces per serving

Calories 57
Total Fat 4.0 g
Saturated Fat 1.5 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.5 g
Cholesterol 8 mg
Sodium 43 mg
Carbohydrates 3 g
Fiber 1 g
Sugars 1 g
Protein 2 g
Dietary Exchanges: 1 fat 

This recipe is brought to you by the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement. Recipe copyright © 2006 by the American Heart Association. Look for other delicious recipes in American Heart Association cookbooks, available from booksellers everywhere.