There’s a lot of hoopla (that’s a technical term these days) going around about the Super Bowl right now. I admit it, I’m not much of a spectator when it comes to sports- never ask me if I know any names of players or even names of teams, because I guarantee you I will only disappoint. I love to be involved in playing sports, but watching them? Meh.
I’ll be watching the Super Bowl this year though. I really feel I ought to because it gets so much hype and I’m interested to try my hand at being a spectator. Also I have a couple major assignments due on Monday afternoon so distractions are obviously more than welcome.
A huge part of the whole thing is, of course, the socializing and eating aspect. What kind of event would it be without the food? But Super Bowl eats are traditionally high-fat, greasy, and contain about a week’s worth of calories even though it’s all snack food.
Fellow bloggers are rounding up some amazing recipes for Super Bowl celebrations, so I thought I’d join in the fun:
For a great dip for raw veggies, soft pita wedges, homemade crackers, or chips (I try to be healthy but I’m not naive!), try my Home-style Hummus. It’s tasty and quick to make, and it doesn’t call for any strange ingredients (I must confess I’ve never found tahini before. Don’t really know what it is. But it’s not in my hummus and my hummus doesn’t taste any different from other kinds of hummus, so I have come to the conclusion that tahini isn’t a necessary component of the dip, even if it is a common ingredient).
If you are willing to get away from the bags of chips, try baking some sweet potato fries! They are delicious (choose sweet potatoes over regular; the flavor is wonderful). You can also make some homemade ketchup* to go with it (and seriously, this ketchup is amazing. Gourmet ketchup):
Mix together 1 can tomato paste, 1/4 cup water, 1 1/2 tbsp sugar, 1/4-1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp cumin, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp cloves, and 1 1/2- 2 tbsp cider vinegar. Enjoy!
While I’m not a huge light beer fan, Fat Fighter TV has a list of the best tasting low-cal beers. For peanut butter lovers, check out Peanut Butter Boy’s creations (including chili, 7-layer Mexican bean dip, and nachos!). If you want a classy menu already made up for you, then check out the Swiss-chard artichoke dip and more at The Kitchen Sink. Hungry Girl has a lightened-up nacho cheese dip, as well as a recipe for cheesy portabella skins with bacon.
I’m feeling the link love today.
Share any favorite recipes or suggestions you have for a healthy weekend in the comments!
*adapted from Tosca Reno’s recipe in The Eat-Clean Diet for Family and Kids