The Super Bowl Game will be coming to a television screen near you on Sunday, and many people will be planning to host a party. There are so many fun foods to choose from for the big day that are not high in calories and are low in fat. ‘Tasty’ and ‘crowd- pleasing’ can also come in low-fat appetizers and treats.
Planning the menu
When you’re planning, think of healthier options to serve than the usual loaded pizzas, breaded hors d’oeuvres and chicken wings. Not only will guests be impressed with the innovation behind your unusual offerings, they will feel better at the end of the day. Snacks can be light and still tasty.
Low fat dips with veggies and/or crackers and baked chips, salsa and corn chips, and bowls of popcorn and trail mix can be arranged on the coffee table and side tables in advance of arrival time. These all provide crunch and taste without loads of fat. Cold shrimp with cocktail sauce is another healthy addition and can be put out after the guests have arrived. And for the more substantial, hot food items, there are a long list of possibilities. Some of these are low-fat pizza, chicken satays, stuffed mushrooms, falafels with low-fat tzatziki sauce and delectable lean meat balls. These low fat dishes will be a bonus for any guests, conscious of their fat intake, and it will keep them away from the Pepto-Bismal when they get home.
To plan for a party of, say, eight people, see below for quick and simple recipes that are easy to make ahead and will be ready to assemble, or pop in the oven, when the big Super Bowl day comes. And there is a multitude of additional low fat snack recipes available that can be added to this repertoire of tasty suggestions. They’re usually found right beside their counterparts in the grocer’s freezers.
Chicken satays with peanut sauce
Everything in this recipe can be made, even up to two days before. The only bit of work is in the cutting up of the chicken cubes or strips. It is best to still have the chicken breasts slightly frozen for easier than ever cutting.
Marinade- (For eight – 10 satays)
1/2 cup chicken broth
3/4- l small onion (finely chopped)
3 cloves garlic (finely chopped or minced)
3 tsp curry powder plus 3/4 tsp ground ginger
2-3 tsp white or 1 Tbsp brown sugar (to taste)
2 tsp of soy sauce
2 -3 Tbsp fish sauce *Note- The fish sauce will add saltiness, so if you aren’t using it, add 3 tsp.more soy.
Dash of Cayenne or hot sauce or dried hot chili pepper (for spiciness) to taste
About 1-1 1/2 lbs. of skinless, boneless chicken breasts -cut into 1/2 inch strips or 1 inch cubes
At least 10, 6-inch wooden skewers that have been pre-soaked in water (to prevent burning)
Place all ingredients in a blender, blend well, and then pour evenly over skewered chicken and keep refrigerated in a covered bowl or plastic container. Marinade for up to two days until ready to go. To cook, remove skewered chicken from marinade and place on a cookie sheet that has been covered in foil, shiny side down, and sprayed or brushed with a light vegetable or olive oil Broiling for about 7 minutes each side will ensure a lovely browning with a slight charred appearance. Coat again lightly with the marinade when you turn the chicken, if desired. Note: It’s important to be vigilant as it doesn’t take long for broiled food to burn.Serve fairly hot and with a good quality bought peanut sauce or use the quick recipe below:
Ingredients for Peanut Sauce
1 cup low-fat coconut milk1/2 cup creamy low-fat peanut butter. 4-5 tsp. soy sauce 2 Tbsp.honey or brown sugar a few shakes of hot sauce (optional) to taste juice from 1/2 wedge of fresh lime Blend all ingredients and heat in a saucepan until simmering. Pour into a dip bowl with a small ladle for serving. This sauce should be served warm with the satays. You can also make this sauce ahead.
Light and tasty Stuffed Mushrooms
It’s important to choose brown or white mushrooms that are about medium sized, as this appetizer is meant to be easy-access finger food. The cream cheese gives it a tang and the garlic and black pepper adds a bite, making them a perfect addition to the satays. Count on about 2-3 per person with a few extras thrown in:
About twenty-six cleaned and dried mushrooms (Just over 3 each)
1/2 tsp-1 tsp. olive oil
1/2 cup light (either plain, onion and chive, garlic, or vegetable) whipped cream cheese in a tub.
Any or all of the following: 2 finely chopped cloves of garlic, l finely chopped green or spring onion, 1-1 ½ tsp. finely chopped parsley, 1/2 tsp. finely chopped celery stalk. ¼ cup of grated
Cheddar cheese (optional)
Ground black pepper and salt to taste
Mix all ingredients together and place in a plastic container, in the fridge, ready for the big day. This is so convenient because it can be done a few days ahead. The cleaned mushrooms can also be all ready in a brown paper bag (to keep from becoming too moist).
On the day, simply take the mushroom caps out and line them up on a pre-salted (slightly) and oiled cookie sheet. Now you’re ready to scoop the light cream cheese mixture into each mushroom cap. If desired, a pinch of grated Cheddar cheese can be put atop each one.
Lightly cover with plastic wrap and keep in the fridge till cook time.Later,remove the wrap, pre-heat the oven at 375 Celsius and cook for 10-15 minutes.
Choose any pre-bought pizza shells,Focaccia bread, or any bread that will suit for pizza. There are a variety of whole wheat, or multi-grain options from which to choose. But for this Super Bowl party, of up to eight people- buy about 3-4 medium sized or 6-8 small sized shells.
For toppings, there is a seemingly limitless list available. Consider your guests’ tastes and what ingredients go together well. Some suggestions are sliced mushrooms, red pepper, green onion, shredded chicken or lean ham, coupled with tomato sauce and sprinkled with a little gourmet low-fat cheese like mozzarella, Gouda, or low-fat Cheddar. Add oregano and basil.
These pizzas will remain low-fat if you watch the amount and type of cheese and meat. Then just slice the pizzas in four and they’re ready to go.
Lean meat balls
The great thing about meat balls, whether you’re buying or making them, is they can be partially cooked ahead of time and left in the fridge for up to two days before the big day. Today, low-fat turkey, or beef meat balls, are available in all the grocery stores.
Plus, they can just simmer away on low, in a crock pot with a delicious meat ball sauce. Incredibly, there is a ‘Super’ assortment of ‘Super’ low fat snacks for ‘Super’ Bowl Sunday!
Enjoying friends and food doesn’t have to raise your cholesterol and make you sluggish. Your only problem could be that the place of popular choice for next year’s party may just be the same as this year’s.
I have lived in Ontario, Canada all of my seasoned life and am comfortable both in its cities and in its rugged northern country.
When I realized I wasn't going to make it as a famous actress with a large following, I turned my efforts into my early inclination-freelance and creative writing. It has proven a satisfying career move and a compelling one. Thanks for meeting me here where I live- on the keyboard.