There are two things that we consider favorites, "must haves" at our house on a Sunday, that's Food and Football. My husband is a die hard NE Partiots fan, so seeing that this weekends Superbowl does not include his beloved team, you could say there is some sorrow around the house. Although our team is not playing we are still going to have a party with our closet family and friends to celebrate our two favorite things!
So I know usually when people think of Football food or party food we always think of greasy fried chicken and dips and appetizers loaded with calories but it doesn't have to be like that. There are so many simple substitutions that can be made to your favorite recipes to make them a little lighter on the fat, calories and even salt.
Here are some examples:
Buffalo Chicken Wings: at your average restaurant in 2 or 3 wings there is almost 400 calories. The reason for this high amount is the fact that they are breaded and usually fried and then slathered with sauce and melted butter.
Food Fashionista Buffalo Chicken Wings: By eliminating the breading on the outside and baking our wings to crispy delicious-ness, and using just plain old Franks Red Hot, I have cut the calories in half if not more, AND you can eat a few more than 2 or 3 pieces.
Seven Layer Dip: From the saturated fat in the sour cream and re fried beans to the thick layer of guacamole, Seven Layer Dip is a delicious but dangerous combination of ingredients. A serving size is about 1/2 cup (maybe enough to eat with 5 chips) with a whopping 250 calories (maybe more depending on the ingredients) and 15+ grams of fat!
Food Fashionista Seven Layer Dip: using simple substitutes like fresh pureed beans and fresh veggies this recipes is a touchdown compared to the original.
1 can of Kidney beans, pureed
2 fresh tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup fresh cilantro
2 scallions, diced
1/2 cup black olives
1 cup low fat sour cream or plain yogurt
3/4 cup shredded cheese
I like to start with the bean puree, then scallions, olives, tomatoes, sour cream, cilantro and the cheese. Serve with tortilla chips.
Skinny Margaritas - fresh lime juice, seltzer water and tequila
Fresh raspberry martinis - pureed raspberries, raspberry vodka and a splash of seltzer
Diet Sangria - 1 bottle red wine and 1/2 bottle diet orange soda, float fresh limes, lemons and oranges in pitcher.
Today I am also making beef tacos, veggies and dip, Asian lettuce wraps, mini baked potatoes, and mac and cheese bites, and cheating a little bit with fried mozzarella balls.
Pictures and more recipes with today's food to come...