Healthy Super Bowl Recipes
Holidays can be very difficult when trying to find healthy options. Parties, celebrations, and the like can spell a number of temptations. However, the one benefit that you may find coming from so many challenges is that you get on a roll. You get into the habit of saying, “No thank you. I’ll try the turkey.”
And what better time to renew the healthy eating resolve than January 1? For many folks, the real challenges start in mid to late January, just in time for the shortest, darkest month of the year: February. And if you’re a foodie, then chances are that the Super Bowl is going to test your resolve in ways you didn’t expect.
While you can get on a roll in the holiday season, your will power may be pretty well depleted come Super Bowl Sunday. Additionally, the fact that it is a one night event after a break from the December festivities means you might excuse yourself and saying, “It’s just one night. How much can it hurt?”
Believe me. It can. Depending on whether you eat pizza, wings, chocolate, chips, dip, or some other combination, you can easily breeze past 2,000 calories throughout the course of the game, shoot your blood sugar through the roof, and leave yourself frustrated with yourself by midnight. Fortunately for you, there are healthy and delicious recipes that you can enjoy. Let me share a few of my favorites.
The Set Up
All right. So I love cooking, and I love cooking for people who love to eat. While in school, I often had groups of friends over and prepared full dinners with appetizers, entrees, and desserts from scratch. But the year that I made these recipes was the year that I roomed with a wonderful fellow law student who was sadly allergic to gluten.
With the Super Bowl party coming up, I decided that the best thing to do was to create a mostly gluten free dinner and snack set. After all, it isn’t much fun to be in a group of people and unable to share in the delicious food. So I created my own delicious and healthy versions of some popular Super Bowl snacks.
The rest of my guests loved the food just as much. In fact, they left me with no leftovers whatsoever, and everyone raved about how good it was. I certainly hope you enjoy these recipes. Succeeding at any healthy lifestyle requires having a good arsenal of recipes and techniques at hand. You can find some even more delicious recipes at Mike Geary’s Truth About Abs.
Portabella Mushroom Pizza
6 portabella mushroom caps
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
¼ cup olive oil
4 roma tomatoes
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
Crushed garlic cloves
1 6 oz pack of turkey pepperoni
Selection of mini sweet bell peppers
1 12 oz pack of mozzarella cheese (fresh is best)
Any other toppings you enjoy
Rinse the mushroom caps thoroughly. Pat them dry.
In a small mixing bowl, combine the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and at least one crushed garlic clove or more if you desire. Whisk together. Salt and pepper to taste. Baste the mushroom caps in the marinade, and place on a foil lined cookie sheet. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Bake for five minutes, cap side down.
Chop and puree the tomatoes. Add the basil and oregano to the mix. Add at least one crushed garlic clove or more if you like a garlicy taste. Salt and pepper to taste. Scoop the pizza sauce onto the mushroom caps as thick as you like.
Now sprinkle cheese on top of the sauce. Place pepperonis, peppers, and any other toppings you might like on top. Feel free to overload with veggies. Turkey pepperonis work best if you make sure they don’t have nitrates. They also don’t leave any grease, and they taste just as good as regular but with half the calories. Be sure to chop all veggies super thin though to make baking easier.
After your pizzas are decorated, put them back in the oven until the toppings are thoroughly heated and the cheese melts and starts to lightly brown.
Hawaiian & Italian Wings
10 lbs chicken wings or chicken legs
5 small crushed cloves of garlic
2 tsp crushed fresh ginger
2 tsp paprika
3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
Mix all of the ingredients together, including the crushed garlic remains in a bowl. Baste five pounds of chicken with the sauce. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes. Turn chicken and baste other side with sauce and bake for 15 minutes. Repeat on both sides once more for total cooking time of 1 hour.
1/2 cup milk or cream
¾ cup fresh shredded parmesan cheese
½ tsp salt
5 cloves crushed garlic
Mix all of the ingredients together, including the crushed garlic remains in a bowl. Baste the other five pounds of chicken with the sauce. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes. Turn chicken and baste the other side with the sauce and bake for 15 minutes. Repeat on both sides once more for a total cooking time of 1 hour. Pour the remaining sauce over the chicken for the last fifteen minutes.
Place the wings on a tray, alternating Hawaiian and Italian. The flavors mix delightfully!
Mike Geary, Truth About Abs, http://www.truthaboutabs.com/testimonials.html (2012).