Bell Pepper Poppers

Bell Pepper Poppers
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Source: The Diabetes Cookbook. Recipe Credit: . Photo Credit: Mittera.

For a little more heat in these poppers, increase the amount of crushed red pepper flakes to your liking.

  • Prep time
    10 min
  • Cook time
    30 min
  • Servings
    12 Servings
  • Serving size
    2 poppers
Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

12 Servings

  • Serving Size
    2 poppers
  • Amount per serving Calories 45

  • Total Fat 1.5g
    • Saturated Fat 0.9g
    • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 5mg
  • Sodium 135mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 4g
    • Dietary Fiber 1g
    • Total Sugars 1g
  • Protein 3g
  • Potassium 85mg
  • Phosphorus 80mg

Choices/Exchanges: 1 Nonstarchy vegetable, 1/2 Fat



  • nonstick cooking spray
  • mini sweet peppers
  • turkey bacon (diced)
    2 slice
  • diced onion
    1/2 cup
  • fat-free cream cheese (room temperature)
    4 oz
  • soft goat cheese (room temperature)
    2 oz
  • crushed red pepper flakes
    1/4 tsp
  • whole wheat bread (toasted)
    1 slice
  • garlic (minced)
    1 clove
  • Parmesan cheese (grated)
    1 tbsp


  1. Preheat the oven to 375° F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Set aside.

  2. Slice each pepper in half lengthwise then scoop out any seeds and membrane.

  3. Add bacon to a non-stick sauté pan with cooking spray over medium heat and cook until crisp. Drain on a paper towel and set aside.

  4. Add onions to the pan used to cook the bacon and add more cooking spray if needed. Cook the onions, stirring occasionally until clear. Set aside to cool.

  5. In a small bowl, mix the cream cheese and goat cheese. Add the bacon, onions and red pepper flakes. Stir to combine.

  6. Grind toasted bread in a food processor with the garlic and parmesan cheese. Set aside in a small bowl.

  7. Spoon the cheese mixture into each pepper half (1 Tsp. of mixture per popper), and then press the cheese side of the popper into the whole wheat breadcrumb mixture. Lay on the prepared baking sheet breadcrumb side up and spray each on lightly with cooking spray.

  8. Bake the poppers for about 20 minutes or until the peppers have softened and the breadcrumbs are golden brown.

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    I transferred this recipe to the Myfitnesspal app, but I get different nutrition results per serving. Nutrition (original) Myfitnesspal Calories. ( 40) 138 carb. ( 3) 14 fat ( 1.5) 6 protein ( 3). 5 sodium. (125) 319 sugars. ( 1) 5 I realized that there differences in how original ingredients are made and nutritions will differ; but, while I did not do an exhaustive search, I did spent a lot time looking for ingredients that would match this recipes total nutritions stat and this is the closest I could get. I wonder if it is possible to get more nutrition info in each of the ingredients used. I am making this recipe today, it looks and seems delicious. I will try to improve on the ingredients nutrition as I learn to cook. Thank you.

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    I found the slight sweetness of the goat cheese odd. It is also very expensive so I am going to skip it next time and perhaps add some low-fat cheddar cheese.

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    Merciful THUNDERBOLTS this is DELICIOUS. Everyone in my family loved them. The recipe amounts were SPOT on. I didn't have anything left over after putting it all together. I tossed in an extra garlic clove. I gave away my food processor recently so I used a blender. Everything came together easily. They are slightly sweet with a tiny kick to them. Add more of the crushed red pepper if you want something with any real kick, though. We'll be making these again soon! Wonderful!