A few years back, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette published my Healthy Spreads for Superbowl Sunday article — so just wanted to put this out here, in time for this weekend’s Super Bowl.
Eating smart is never easy, but during the Super Bowl? It’s nearly impossible.
High-calorie bar foods such as hot wings, dip and nachos typically crowd the table. You’ve got to pity the poor fool who’s trying to stick to his (or her) New Year’s resolution of eating healthier.
The latest batch of “skinny” cookbooks, however, demonstrates that you don’t necessarily have to sacrifice taste to cut calories, sodium and fat out of your favorite tailgate recipes. All it takes is a willingness to bulk them up with extra veggies, trade fried chips for baked, and make other clever swaps, such as nonfat yogurt for sour cream or ground turkey breast for ground beef.
Of course you also need to play close attention to portion size, but with these new recipes, you get more bang for the buck in one serving.
Skinny Chef Jennifer Iserloh’s recipe for hot wings, for example, uses boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders instead of fatty chicken wings, and a zesty sauce built around beef broth and Tabasco instead of butter. Four grilled or broiled skewers drizzled with sauce are just 300 calories, or about half the calories of 10 hot wings from Pizza Hut.
“In a nutshell, it all boils down to this,” writes Ms. Iserloh, who grew up on Neville Island and is author of the Secrets of a Skinny Chef: “Use healthy recipes, make small, manageable changes; and cook at home for yourself as much as possible.”
Read the full article and get my recipes for Nachos Grande with Pickled Jalapeno Salsa and Hot “Wings” with Spicy Sauce »