What heart healthy dishes can I make for a super bowl party?!
Question: Including chili recipes please. I make fantastic blue ribbon Texas chili, my family recipe, but it's too spicey for my guy..... which he wants me to make this Sunday..... but I prefer to make heart healthy dishes. What dishes could I make, and if you have the recipe, please share. Thanks
Answers: Including chili recipes please. I make fantastic blue ribbon Texas chili, my family recipe, but it's too spicey for my guy..... which he wants me to make this Sunday..... but I prefer to make heart healthy dishes. What dishes could I make, and if you have the recipe, please share. Thanks
Just make your chili a little less spicy. Contrary to Alvaro's sarcastic, less-then-helpful, remark, there are many very tasty, heart healthy dishes. I eat heart healthy ALL the time, and my meals are fit for company. You could make 2 kinds of chili, your Texas style with beef, and the Mexican style with beans and ground turkey (instead of beef). Again, go easy on the cayenne pepper, and it'll have a bite to it, but won't be too hot.
Here's how I make mine:
I like doing it in a slow cooker (crockpot), but, of course on top of the stove is fine. And I buy organic beans which don't seem to come in the large cans, so my cans are about the size of an average can of baked beans, corn, etc. Adjust ingredients based on how many you're cooking for and what you want left over. For larger amounts, you may want to add more crushed tomatoes, or a sm.- med. can of tom. sauce, or a can of tom. paste. If you use paste, be sure to add a little more water.
Here's mine (I don't do much measuring, so common sense must prevail)
● ground beef (or turkey)
● lg. can crushed tomatoes
● cayenne pepper (to taste)
● chili powder (be generous)
● chopped onion
● chopped green peppers
● fresh crushed garlic (2 cloves)
● 2-3 cans dark red kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
● 2 can's black beans (drained and rinsed)
● can of chickpeas (I use these when I'm making a vegetarian version)
(you can certainly use JUST kidney beans)
Brown and drain you ground turkey (no draining with gr. turkey). In a med. to large pot or in the crockpot, mix the meat and the rest of the ingredients together. This is where I might add another dash cayenne and some more chili powder. You may also need to add a little water for consistency... your choice. Simmer for a few hours on top of the stove, stirring occasionally. If in a crockpot, cook for about 4 hours. No need to stir at all when using a crockpot.
Here's another healthy and delicious dish I make that would work. It's SUPER simple. For faster cooking and easier serving, you could even cut the chicken breast pieces in strips. I put use the whole skinless breast halves. You can certainly make this in a large batch.
CHICKEN & ZUCCHINI WITH SALSA
boneless, skinless chicken breasts
green pepper (cut in strips)
onion (sliced thin)
zucchini (sliced and cut in quarters)
jar of your favorite salsa
Put the chicken in a baking dish, put the peppers, onions and zucchini on top. Pour salsa over all.
Bake at 350 deg. F (175 C) for about an hour. You can cut into the check to check it. Spoon juices over during cooking a few times.
There you have it. If you like, you can buy the shredded reduced fat Mexican cheese mix to sprinkle over it. About 5 minutes before chicken is done, sprinkle the cheese over the top of the entire baking dish. Take out when it's melted and starts to brown.
Serve lite sour cream on the side to have with both chili dishes and the chicken and zuchinni dish. Of course put the sour cream in a serving dish... no one will know it's the lite version. I'd consider putting a bowl of tortilla chips on the table too. I've found some wonderful whole grain ones.
I suggest lots of prune juice and maybe some milk.
I would suggest that you spend the extra money and buy lean ground beef. Also, try and the tomatoes with no salt added. I would also add onions, green peppers & mushrooms in also to mix some veggies in too.
ehh just go grab some big macs its the super bowl who cares it comes once a year
Try making your chili with ground turkey instead. It has a softer texture than ground beef and makes better chili. Also, get some low fat or fat free hot dogs along with some "Kraft Free" cheese to make chili dogs.
Here's the menu I used for my last super bowl party. the main idea is to take your traditional foods and substitute the worse ingredients for healthier ones.
Tostadas & salsa
tostadas & salsa
buy whole wheat tortillas, cut into strips or triangles and bake at 325. you have to watch them cause its easy to burn these. remove and set aside.
salsa: chop up: 2 tomatoes, 1/2 onion, 1/2 jalapeno (seeds in) and 2 tbsp crushed pineapple. add 1 table spoon lime juice and mix well. top with chopped parsley (or cilantro).
chop up 2 avacodos, 1/2 onion, 1 clove of garlic and add 1 tsp lime juice, 1 tsp olive oil and fresh cracked pepper/salt. mix well and serve. this is more like an avacado salad than a traditional guacamole.
chicken wings are a huge part of the nfl watching tradition but they are skin on, fried and doused in high fat sauces. this is an easy alternative.
chop boneless skinless chicken tenders into 2" chunks. dredge in a bowl of flower mixed with LOTS of black pepper (flour should appear gray), chili powder (3 tbsp), cinnamon (2 tsp) and 1 tsp of brown sugar.
"flash fry" (add 1 tsp oil and 1 tsp margarine to pan, heat up and cook chicken for 1 minute on each side) and place chicken on baking dish. bake in oven at 350 for 10 min or until chicken bits are cooked through. arrange on dish.
serve with "wing" sauce (2 pts hot sauce to 1 pt smart blend), low-fat ranch and teryaki sauce (1 pt. soy sauce, 2 pts apricot glaze, simmered on low. add crushed red pepper flakes if you like it hot) and celery.
don't toss your blue ribbon chilli. instead, modify it. the trick to this chili is to start cooking before your boys get home. in the grocers freezer section you'll be able to find ground soy "beef" its mean to look and taste like ground beef. i've been able to fool an entire FIRE DEPARTMENT with the soy ground beef, the flavor and texture is spot on. but, if you're not sure a bout it or don't want to risk it on superbowl sunday, buy ground turkey and season with taco seasoning and 1 tsp of red wine. this will "darken" the meat so it wont look so pale in your dish.
to replace the intense heat in your chili, scrape the seeds out of your chili's before tossing them in. also, try using smoked jalapenos (chipotle) instead of fresh chilis. Another tip is to toss 1 square of bittersweet bakers chocolate into your chili. this is an old mexican trick that deepens the flavor and quells some of the heat. remember to have plenty of fiber in your chili, so if it doesn't already have beans: add them! red kidney beans are the best.
I would just put together a veggie or fruit tray. Easy to grab and snack on.
use your chili recipe, instead of beef use ground turkey and easy on the spice. and a veggie tray for munchies