I find myself frequently making bite-sized food - tater tots, meatballs, jalapeno poppers - imagining how cute they'll look once I'm done. It's about halfway through, when I'm in a hot kitchen trying to wrap 36 over-stuffed jalapenos in bacon or painstakingly shaping tater tots (for which, by the way, Kenji's nigirizushi-inspired method is perfect) that I eventually realize I'd rather just eat regular-sized food with a fork and knife.
From my laziness comes this take on Fit Men Cook's turkey jalapeno poppers - instead of individually grilled, jalapenos are mixed with ground turkey and cauliflower rice, then baked - which means your spicy, cheesy, bacon-y meal comes together a whole lot quicker.
Lazy Bacon Jalapeno Popper Casserole
Nutrition: 190 Calories | 23g Protein | 8g Fat
Time to Food: prep time + cook time
- 1 cup fresh jalepenos, seeds removed and sliced (more if you like it spicy)
- Additional handful of fresh sliced jalepenos, reserved
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 lb 99% fat free ground turkey
- 1 lb riced cauliflower
- 1/2 cup turkey stock (I love Better than Boullion)
- 1/2 cup pickled jalepenos, sliced
- 1/2 cup scallions, diced
- 1 cup green peppers, diced
- 3 oz fat free feta crumbles
- 8 oz nonfat greek yogurt
- 4 slices thin-cut bacon
- 4 oz mexican cheese blend
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Pre-cook turkey - cook fresh jalapenos and garlic in a bit of spray oil for 2-3 minutes, then add turkey and cook until no longer translucent.
- While turkey is cooking, cook bacon, crumble into bits, and set aside.
- Once turkey has whitened, add turkey stock and riced cauliflower. Cook until cauliflower is softened and stock is absorbed, about 5 minutes.
- Remove turkey mix from the heat and stir in pickled jalapenos, scallions, green peppers, feta, and yogurt.
- Spread into pyrex dish and top with cheese, bacon, and reserved jalapenos.
- Bake at 400 until cheese is melted and bubbling, about 10 minutes.
Of course, the original Fit Men Cook recipe for turkey jalapeno poppers is fantastic! Pictures below.