Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Healthy Super Bowl Treats

 

Super Bowl Food

Choose Healthy Super Bowl Foods

Healthy Super Bowl Food

 

Top 10 Most Popular Super Bowl Foods and What Their Nutrition Labels Really Say About Them

The Super Bowl is an eating event for millions of Americans, with parties across the country serving up snacks that are often grease laden and artery clogging. The food labels of the 10 most popular Super Bowl snacks can help you decide which Super Bowl foods to serve and which to skip.

 

 

1. Chicken Wings
According to the National Chicken Council, five percent of all the chicken wings eaten in the United States over a year are eaten during the Super Bowl. Generally, wings are fried and drenched in sauces, as well as dipped in fat laden dressings. This makes them a bad nutritional choice at an average of 100 calories per wing, not including the dipping sauce.

 

2. Vegetables and Dip
The NPD Group, a market research company, has found that the most popular snack during the Super Bowl in recent times has been vegetables and dip. While vegetables are certainly a healthy snack, keeping this snack healthy depends on the dip. Fat free alternatives or yogurt-based dips make great healthy substitutions over ranch and blue cheese dips.

 

3. Pizza
Super Bowl Sunday is the busiest day of the year for pizza delivery, with popular chains routinely reporting record daily sales. The food labels on pizza vary widely, with pizzas including meat and extra cheese racking up the most calories and fat. Thin crust pizzas with a light layer of cheese can be included in a healthy Super Bowl menu.

 

4. Potato Chips
Potato chips weigh 150 calories per ounce, with about 100 of these calories coming from fat. Although they’re not the best choice nutritionally, choosing a brand that salts their chips lightly and uses healthy oil can make chips a reasonable snack in moderation. Look at food labels for chips cooked in olive, safflower, or canola oil.

 

5. Sandwiches
Large sandwiches, often made with salami, cheese, mayonnaise, and other high fat foods, are popular during the Super Bowl. Cheese and cured meats are usually high in saturated fat, but alternatives can be used to make sandwiches healthier. Opt for lean turkey, ham, and low fat cheeses while skipping the mayo.

 

6. Nuts
Peanuts and pistachios are the two most popular nuts served during the Super Bowl. Food labels show that these nuts are high in fat, but most is monounsaturated fat, which is a healthy type of fat. Choose roasted nuts with no salt added, as honey roasted varieties have about four times as much sugar as plain varieties.

 

7. Chili
Chili is a great cold weather food, making it ideal for Super Bowl Sunday. Ground beef versions of chili have nearly 300 calories per cup, with up to 15 grams of fat per cup. Healthier versions can be made by skipping the meat or substituting boneless, skinless chicken breast or lean ground turkey for the ground beef.

 

8. Homemade Dips
Dips are popular items for potlucks during the Super Bowl. The most popular dip during the Super Bowl is seven layer dip, which is full of cheese, beef, and sour cream and packs in hundreds of calories per serving. A better choice is a bean dip made with reduced fat cream cheese.

 

9. Cheese and Crackers
This is a classic party combination that often shows up at get-togethers during the big game. Hard cheeses such as cheddar typically contain around 110 calories per ounce, with about half of those calories coming from saturated fat. Cheeses made with two percent milk paired with whole grain crackers lighten this snack up.

 

10. Salsa and Chips
Salsa is a great alternative to heavy dips, with plenty of vegetables and only about 20 calories per serving. Baked tortilla chips can accompany this healthy dip, making it one of the best choices during the Super Bowl. Fresh or homemade salsas are the healthiest and best tasting choices.

 

 

There are plenty of foods served during the Super Bowl that can expand your waistline, but choosing wisely and making healthy substitutions will keep your party fun without the guilt of eating poorly.

 

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Tasty Dip Recipes

Great Dip Recipes

Great Dip Recipes

 

Super Bowl is the most watched serial on television and fans all over the world go frenzy for it. Food and watching super bowl are just synonymous to one another. Watching super bowl for me is not my passion as I’m not a NFL football kind of girl, but for some reason I happen to be there and enjoy the fun at my home. Having guests over seems to add the overall atmosphere to a whole new level.  Having a bunch of football fans at our home requires a variety of food from appetizers/finger foods that make the evening a memorable one.   If you are searching for tasty dips to add to the flair of the main course then your search ends here.

 

The afternoon theatrics can be matched with these amazing dips. If you are a career woman and have had no time to plan something big then these dips go well with a bag of Nachos and ready to fry frozen food. I  like dips because they are generally easy to make and impart a wonderful casualness to an affair.

 
Cajun Dip Sauce

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

To make the sauce- mix the mayonnaise, ketchup with the above mentioned spices to make a delectable dip for both non vegetarian and vegetarian appetizers.

 

 

Guacamole

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 small tomato
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 fresh lime
  • salt and pepper to taste

Peel avocados and remove the seed. Peel and mince the onion and the garlic, use a fork to mash it gently. Mixing in a blender is not a good idea as I like it coarse. Chop the tomato and onion, mix salt, lemon. olive oil and pepper and it is ready to eat.

 

 

Tomato Dip

  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons sugar, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
  • 2 cups sour cream

Preparation:
Combine tomatoes with lemon juice, salt, and pepper; keep it aside for 30 minutes in a bowl. Add Worcestershire sauce, green onions, and sour cream and blend it and it is ready to use. Veggie dippers and this chilled tomato dip is a delectable combo to beat.

 

 

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Friday, January 20, 2012

SuperBowl Treats

Superbowl Foods – Indianapolis Style

With the upcoming Superbowl, many have already started planning their game-day parties. Not me though, because I’m actually going to the Superbowl! It’s being held in my hometown of Indianapolis, so I picked up a one-day catering gig to ensure myself a ticket to one of the biggest sporting events of the year.
I love planning sports-themed parties though, so I thought I’d share some recipes that are Indiana specific, and some general ones loved by us Hoosiers.

 

 

Corn salsa
Indiana definitely knows their corn; it’s the fourth largest corn producing state in the US! Grilled sweet corn in the summer is a Hoosier favorite, but we love it in any way we can get it. One of my favorites is corn salsa. This is a simple, healthy recipe that can be easily whipped up.

Corn Salsa

Corn Salsa - image myrecipes.com

Ingredients:
• 1 can sweet corn, drained
• 1 jalapeno, seeds removed and chopped
• 1 red onion, chopped
• 1 tomato, chopped
• 1 orange bell pepper, chopped
• 1 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
• 1 tbsp lime juice
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
For a tasty spin, roast corn on the cob on the girl and use in place of canned corn.

 

Breaded Tenderloin Bites Sandwich
An Indiana specialty, breaded tenderloin sandwiches appear on menu’s all across the state. This is unlike any tenderloin you’ve seen before – these pork sandwiches are thin, crispy, fried goodness. I take mine with mustard and pickles. With a little recipe altering, you can easily make these into delicious finger foods, or keep them as a sandwich if you wish. This recipe is from allrecipes.com and never disappoints!

 

 

Tenderloin Bite Sandwiches

Tenderloin Bite Sandwiches – photo courtesy traditionalartsindiana.org

 

Ingredients:
• Slim slices of pork tenderloin
• 1 egg, beaten
• 2 tbsp milk
• ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
• ¼ teaspoon onion powder
• ¼ teaspoon season salt
• ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
• 1 ½ cups bread crumbs
• ½ cup peanut oil (for frying)
• Optional garnishes
Flatten the pork tenderloin cutlets until they are about ¼ inch thick. If you’re making bites, cut to bite-sized pieces, or desired sandwich sizes if you’re going the traditional route.
Beat the eggs and milk together in a shallow bowl, then combine in the garlic and onion powders, season salt, and pepper. Place bread crumbs in a separate shallow bowl next to the egg mixture bowl.
Dip each tenderloin piece in the egg mixture, then into the bread crumbs, coating the entire piece, then set aside.
In a large skillet, heat the oil until it is simmering, then drop each tenderloin in the oil and fry until golden brown on either side. If you have a fryer, you could use that instead. Drain the pieces on a paper town and let cool, then serve!

 

If you’re doing bites, I suggest mustard or ranch for dipping.

 

 

Buffalo Chicken Dip
Recently, this delicious gem has popped up at nearly every party I’ve attended, and it is absolutely amazing, and pretty easy. I prefer to make it in a crock pot, but there are several other ways you can make it. This recipe is for the crock pot method.

 

Buffalo Hot Wings

Buffalo Hot Wings - photo – crockpotninja.com

 

 

Ingredients:
• 2 cans shredded white chicken breast or two chicken breasts cooked and shredded
• 8 oz softened cream cheese
• ½ cup ranch dressing
• ½ to ¾ cup (depending on taste) buffalo wing sauce
• 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
• Celery, grilled bread, tortilla chips for dipping
Add chicken, hot sauce, softened cream cheese, ranch dressing, wing sauce, and cheese into crock pot and mix well. Heat on low heat until desired temperature, then keep the dip on warm while serving.

 

 

Are you hosting a Superbowl party this year? What recipes will you be making?