Looking for another low-carb alternative to lettuce wraps? These sweet pepper poppers are stuffed with sardine salad, but you can use them for a variety of sandwich fillings. You won’t miss the bread when you bite into one of these colorful and flavorful mini peppers. Whether you are following a Mediterranean diet or just trying to get more veggies in, this recipe is for you.
If you enjoyed my Taco-Stuffed Mini Bell Peppers, today’s recipe will be right up your alley. (And if you have not tried them yet, what is stopping you? They are delicious!) These sardine-stuffed sweet pepper poppers are the perfect light lunch option.
Why are they so great? First, you get the Mediterranean-inspired sardine salad, loaded with sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, and capers. I’ve packed all of that goodness into mini sweet peppers for some crunch and a boost of potentially beneficial phytonutrients.
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Just make sure that you bite into these poppers from the top only to prevent the salad from shooting out. Biting them from the bottom may create something akin to a sardine salad cannon. I suppose this would possibly be fun for kids, but not so fun for cleaning up.
Because we’ve skipped the bread, these poppers are not only low-calorie, they are also only 14 grams of net carbs per serving. What do you have to lose by trying them out?
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Sweet Pepper Poppers Stuffed with Sardine Salad
- 2 tins sardines with bones, packed in olive oil, drained (124 grams per tin)
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise (I used Sir Kensington's brand)
- 2 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained (julienned)
- 10 pitted kalamata olives, halved
- 1 teaspoon drained capers
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon lime zest
- ¼ teaspoon dried dill
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon dried mustard powder
- 14-16 mini bell peppers, tops cut off, seeded
- Mash the sardines with a fork. Mix all of the ingredients except the mini bell peppers together.
- Pack the filling into each mini bell pepper. I heaped the sardine salad into each pepper like I was filling a little ice cream cone.
- Enjoy! Remember to bite each pepper from the top or risk a sardine salad explosion!
This is a level 1 recipe (may help support fat loss). You could lighten this recipe a tad more by using plain Greek yogurt in place of the mayo. However, you’re already getting plenty of calcium and protein from the sardines in this low-calorie recipe. (And yes, the sun-dried tomatoes count as dried fruit, but the amount here is minimal.) If you need a higher energy recipe, you could enjoy the sardine salad with whole-grain bread or crackers instead. Alternatively, you could eat the whole batch of pepper poppers yourself (two servings).
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