Red and Green Bell Pepper Bites
From The American Heart Association...
8 Servings | 39 Calories | 0.0 g Sat. Fat | 71 mg Sodium
1 medium green bell pepper
1 medium red bell pepper
1/4 cup unsalted, sliced almonds
4 oz. fat-free, or, reduced-fat cream cheese (softened)
1 tsp. no-salt-added lemon pepper seasoning blend
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1.Cut 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.
2.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.
3.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.
4.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.
Cooking Tip: Flavorful toasted almonds and zesty lemon-pepper contrast nicely with crisp bell pepper pieces in this festive appetizer.