Low Cal Pepperoni Pizza Stuffed Peppers




Are you a pepperoni pizza fan? If you answered yes, I’m pretty sure you’re gonna LOVE these and so will your kids! They have all the fabulous flavors of a pepperoni pizza but made with very skinny, healthy ingredients. Each hearty serving has only 245 calories, 10g fat and 5 Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Bake Time: 40-45 minutes


Ingredients

4 large red bell peppers (each about 3½ inches high and 3½ inches wide)

1 cup onions, diced

1 (16 ounce’) jar pizza sauce, see shopping tips

40 slices Hormel’s 70% less fat turkey pepperoni (each slice cut into four’s) see shopping tips

½ teaspoon dried Italian seasonings

A dash red pepper flakes

1 cup shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese (2%), divided

4 teaspoons Parmesan cheese, grated


Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut off the tops of 4 bell peppers about 1-inch down from top. Clean out seeds and membranes. Throw away the tops.

2. Add diced onions to a small microwave bowl or plate. Cook in microwave 1-2 minutes, to soften.

3. In a medium bowl, add cooked onions, pizza sauce, pepperoni, Italian seasonings, red pepper flakes and ½ cup mozzarella cheese. Mix well. Divide sauce and stuff each bell pepper. Top each stuffed pepper with 2 tablespoons shredded mozzarella cheese. Next, sprinkle each with 1 teaspoon Parmesan cheese.  Place each in a 9-inch baking dish.  Pour 1 cup water in bottom of baking dish. Loosely cover the dish with foil so it doesn’t stick to top as cheese begins to melt. Bake for 40 minutes. Remove foil and bake additional 5 minutes, uncovered. If peppers are not soft enough, cook about 5 minutes more.

4. Once cooked, cooled and wrapped, they freeze great!

Makes 4 servings. Each serving, 1 stuffed pepper


Food Facts
Like baseball, pepperoni was invented in America. Pepperoni remains the most popular topping for pizzas in America, being served on more than 35% of all pizza orders.


Shopping Tips
I used Hormel’s 70% reduced-fat turkey pepperoni. You’ll find it in the luncheon meat section of most supermarkets. It’s so low in calories and fat compared to regular pepperoni. One serving (17 slices) has 70 calories and 4 grams of fat. If you can’t find it, substitute with reduced-fat salami.

There are several brands of jarred pizza sauce. I love Trader Joe’s, Prego’s or Ragu pizza sauce. If you can’t find it, use your favorite jar of pasta sauce.


Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints
5
Weight Watchers SmartPoints
5
Weight Watchers PointsPlus 7

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 stuffed pepper
245 calories, 10g fat, 3g sat. fat, 16mg chol, 18g prot, 26g carbs, 4g fiber, 1129mg sod, 6g sugar
FACTS: for SmartPoints
180 calories, 3g sat. fat, 6g sugar, 16g protein