I have recently fallen in love with a blog called ‘The Pioneer Woman’. She has a fantastic section of recipes that all look very tasty and of the few I have tried they are super delicious but very high in calories (usually containing a few pounds of butter!).
After looking through her site this weekend I stumbled across a recipe I had to try – she calls it ‘Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Thingies. Major, Major Yum.‘ After looking at I knew I could make this one lower in calories. So here is my version and I call it – ‘Bacon-Wrapped Jalapenos; Hold the Fat.’
Sorry there are no pictures, they were so good I ate them all before I could find the camera.
Fresh Jalapenos (4 calories each)
Philadelphia Fat-Free Cream Cheese (20 calories per tbsp)
Maple Leaf Breakfast Grill Turkey Bacon (30 calories a slice)
(of course you don’t have to use these exact ingredients, but this is what I am basing my calories off)
The instructions are the same as The Pioneer Woman.
Cut your Jalapenos in half length-wise and clean then out. The better you clean them out the less spicy they will be.
Now spread the cream cheese inside your cut Jalapenos – I try and put no more then 1tbsp in each – the more cream cheese you use the more calories.
Then cut your bacon into thirds. You only need a third of a piece of a bacon for each Jalapenos. Wrap your bacon around your Jalapenos and stick a tooth pick through it to keep it together.
Place them on a pan (I didn’t use a rack for mine since I had no bacon grease!) and bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
Nutritional Information per 1 Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno
1.35 grams of fat
1.8 grams of carbohydrates
3 grams of protein
(1/2 Jalapeno, 2 calories; 1 tbsp fat-free cream cheese, 20 calories; 1/3 piece of turkey bacon, 10 calories)
In comparison hers are about 65 calories and 3 grams of fat.
For pretty pictures and step by step instructions visit the recipe on the pioneer woman website.