Showing posts with label mini peppers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label mini peppers. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Edible Witches' Brooms for a Healthy #Halloween by author Cleo Coyle #healthykids

Sweep away your Halloween munchies with these tasty, healthful snacks in the shape of witches' brooms. They not only look cute, they're delicious!

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Easily made with string cheese, mini peppers, and celery sticks, they're great for adult parties, too, because they pair beautifully with a chilled glass of white wine...oops, I mean...that magic "feel good" potion made from the juice of crushed vine-ripened orbs...

Now let's make some edible brooms!

Cleo's Witches' Brooms many as you like!

String cheese 
Celery stalks 
Mini Peppers (or large pitted black or green olives)

Directions: To make each broom, cut the string cheese into thirds. Slice celery stalks into thin but sturdy slivers. Cut mini peppers (or large olives) into thin rings. 

Make a shallow incision at the top of the string cheese cylinder and insert one end of the thin celery stick. You now have a broom handle. Slip the pepper ring around the cheese and slide it near the handle. 

Now all you have to do is slice the cheese into broom bristles. The best way to do this is with sharp kitchen shears. 

Serve them up on a pretty plate and watch them quickly fly away...into hungry mouths!

STORING NOTE: If making a few hours in advance of a party, store in the refrigerator. Be sure to cover the plate or tray with plastic wrap to prevent the cheese from drying out, and...

May your Halloween be...

~ Cleo Coyle

New York Times bestselling author of  
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

No Crust Pizza Poppers, My Taste of Pizza Without the Carbs from Cleo Coyle

Today's recipe is my way of popping the taste of pizza in my mouth but with far less carbs and calories. Certainly, we've all heard of jalapeno poppers, but the inspiration for this idea came from another source. About ten years ago, an Italian company came up with the idea of on-the-go pizza served in a cone. 

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 Yes, a cone.

Truthfully, when my husband, Marc, and I first learned about this oddball concept, our jaws dropped in horror. Once we got over the shock, however, we began to have fun thinking up ways to write it into one of our Coffeehouse Mysteries
     In our 9th entry, Roast Mortem, we finally found a way. (Near the end of the book, one of our suspects is about to open a cone pizza franchise. Our amateur sleuth travels to Brooklyn to pay him a little visit, and what she discovers there upsets her far more than the atrocity of pizza served like an ice cream cone.) 
     Today's recipe is simply my way of doing cone pizza without the cone. There's not much flavor in a cone, anyway, and when it comes to toppings, I'm a sausage-and-peppers girl, and so...ta-da! Sweet pepper poppers stuffed with Italian sausage and mozzarella, and served with a little dish of warm marinara dipping sauce.  
                                              (For the full recipe, click here or scroll down.)

Or try this one...

Last year, I did a post on healthier snacking with a recipe for Crust-Free Pizza Bites (photo below). To download the recipe in a PDF that you can print, save, or share, just click here and...Eat with (low carb) joy! ~ Cleo

Crust-Free Pizza Bites 

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Cleo Coyle's
No Crust 
Pizza Poppers

How to pop the taste of pizza in your mouth
with far less carbs and calories... ~ Cleo

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- Sweet Mini Peppers - I buy mine at Costco but lately I've noticed
           my local grocery's produce section is stocking them, as well.
- Shredded Cheese - I use mozzarella
- Raw Ground Meat, well-seasoned - I use Italian sweet sausage.
        It's already seasoned and I love the taste, but you can use
ground beef, chicken, pork, or turkey, just be sure to season
        it up or the results may be bland. See my seasoning suggestions
        at the end of the recipe.

Use this basic ratio:
 For every 5 peppers you’ll need about 3 ounces of meat and 1 ounce of cheese. 

Directions:  Cut the tops off your mini peppers and scrape out the seeds to create a clean, hollow interior. Fill with layers of sausage (or seasoned ground beef, turkey, pork, or chicken) and shredded cheese, finishing with the cheese. Bake them in a 350 degree F. oven. Here's how...

BEST CHOICE - MUFFIN PANS: Stack filled mini peppers in an upright position, inside foil-lined muffin cups. Bake for approximately 35 to 50 minutes. The time will depend on your oven and how cooked you’d like your peppers. 

When is it done cooking? The sausage should no longer be pink and an instant read thermometer should register a reading of at least 160° Fahrenheit when stuck deep into the sausage filling. (Ground chicken and turkey should be cooked to 165° Fahrenheit.)

WARNING: The melting cheese topping the peppers may spill a bit inside your oven, so place an old baking sheet on the rack below the muffin pan. (You can certainly put the flat pan directly under the muffin pan, but the heat will circulate much better if you put it on the rack directly below it.)

Another option - Sheet Pan: On a flat, foil-covered pan, cook for (40 minutes total) 20 minutes on one side, then turn and cook another 20. NOTE: On a flat sheet, you will have to use a spoon to scoop the cheese back into each pepper. When is it done cooking? The sausage should no longer be pink and an instant read thermometer should register a reading of at least 160° Fahrenheit when stuck deep into the sausage filling. (Ground chicken and turkey should be cooked to 165° Fahrenheit.)

SERVE: These poppers are great as is, but to complete the pizza taste, you can certainly serve with a dipping sauce of warm marinara or your favorite tomato sauce.

SEASONING YOUR MEAT: To cut the calories even more on this snack, you can use raw ground chicken or turkey instead of Italian sausage, just be sure to season up your meat or the final peppers may taste bland. Using clean hands, blend the raw ground meat in a bowl with a mix of Italian seasonings, including: oregano, basil, rosemary, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Stuff the peppers and bake as directed in the recipe.

F o o d i e 
 P h o t o s


Eat with joy!

~ Cleo Coyle, author of 

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