Bell peppers really don’t get the credit they deserve. Enjoyed mostly for their satisfying crunch or burst of color, bell peppers are actually extremely healthy. They are made up of over 90% water, though they do contain quite a few carbohydrates as well thanks to the glucose and fructose that makes them so sweet. The real star of bell peppers however is their calcium content. One medium red bell pepper contains 169% of the daily-recommended amount of calcium, which makes it one of the richest food sources of this vital nutrient. Bell peppers are also rich in vitamin K1, vitamin E, vitamin A, folate and potassium.
Antioxidants are vital defenders of the body, which means that including them in your daily diet is extremely important to overall health. Bell peppers contain capsanthin, violaxanthin, lutein, queretin and luteolin – plant compounds that are very beneficial to the body. These particular antioxidants help to ward off heart disease, eye degeneration and even certain types of cancers.
Looking for the perfect snack or appetizer for game day or your next party? These bacon and cheese stuffed mini peppers are perfect!
Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers
Makes 12 Servings
- 6 mini bell peppers, sliced in half with seeds removed
- 4 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
- 4 ounces cream cheese, reduced fat
- ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese, reduced fat
- 2 tablespoons green onion, sliced
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- chopped cilantro, for topping
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a small bowl, beat together the cream cheese, green onions, cheddar cheese and seasonings until smooth. Stir in the green onions.
- Stuff each pepper half with the cheese mixture. Sprinkle tops with a bit of extra cheese, then bake for 10 minutes.
- Remove peppers from over and sprinkle with cilantro. Let cool slightly before serving.