Friday, January 31, 2014

Game's On: Part II

Game Day, the perfect time to incorporate some healthy snack options into your regular buffet to save on calories and grams of fat. 
 It's A Wrap (idea from BHG) 
Wrap sandwiches using tortillas, whole grain flatbread or romaine lettuce. Some filling ideas include: cooked chicken, turkey, sweet peppers, tomatoes. mozzarella cheese, grated carrots, roasted red peppers, hummus. Follow this link to 11 wrap sandwich ideas 
http://www.cookinglight.com/food/recipe-finder/wrap-recipes-00412000084763/page13.html

  Roasted  Red Pepper and Artichoke Pizza (idea from BHG)
prepared pizza crust, pizza sauce mixed with 1 tsp. crushed basil, 1 jar of drained marinated artichoke hearts,1 cup roasted red peppers and grated mozzarella cheese.
Spinach Dip (idea from eatingwell.com)
Ingredients:
  • 1 small shallot, peeled
  • 5 oz. can water chestnuts, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 TB. lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 6 oz. baby spinach
  • 2 TB. fresh chives 
Directions:
  • Pulse shallot and water chestnuts in a food processor until coarsely chopped
  • Add cream cheese, cottage cheese,yogurt, lemon juice, salt/pepper and pulse just til combined
  • Add in spinach and chives and pulse till incorporated
  • Refrigerate several hours to meld flavors 
Macho Nacho (idea from BHG)
Cook's note:  Prepared chips can be substituted for tortilla chips 
Ingredients:
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack
  • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers, drained and cut into thin strips
  • 2 TB fresh or canned chile peppers
  • 1 cup canned corn drained
  • corn tortillas
Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Stack six 7-8 inch corn tortillas and cut stack into wedges
  • Place wedges in a single layer on a large baking sheet and bake 10-12 minutes
  • Set wedges aside and turn temperature to 425 degrees
  • In a saucepan, add beans, salsa and corn and heat just till heated through
  • Spoon bean mixture over tortilla wedges  and garnish with cheese, roasted red pepper and chiles
  • Bake 3-5 minutes
Next blog posting: Healthy dessert alternatives for game day 





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