Food: Healthy Super Bowl snack ideas

(Creative Commons photo courtesy Flickr user karenandbrademerson)

(Creative Commons photo courtesy Flickr user karenandbrademerson)

Posted by Nicholas Filipas on Sunday, Feb. 3 at 12:37 pm.

A bit of bad news for fans of chicken wings: there might not be enough for everyone this Super Bowl Sunday.

The National Chicken Council came out earlier this month with a report stating that because of the high cost of feed and corn prices, the demand for chicken wings is at an all-time high and farms simply cannot ship enough.

The recent shortage can give you an excuse to whip up healthy, homemade snacks for the big game that can turn out to be a big hit.

 

Warm Spinach-Articoke dip: For those who crave Common Grounds spinach dip, this hearty and low-calorie spread will be gone even before the coin toss. (Ingredients include: Olive oil, lima beans, cream cheese, Tabasco sauce, capers, mustard, artichoke hearts, frozen spinach, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, green onions, lemon juice). Here’s an easy recipe from Health Magazine:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Combine first eight ingredients (through mustard) in a food processor, and process until smooth (about 15-20 seconds).

3. Add remaining ingredients; pulse five times, then process until mixture is consistent throughout (about 10 seconds). With a rubber spatula, transfer mixture evenly to a 1-quart casserole dish, smoothing top.

4. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly at the edges. Remove from oven; cool 10 minutes.

 

Mini Turkey Burgers with Gorgonzola: Packed with protein and easy to make, mini turkey burgers are an ideal finger food. (Ingredients include: Garlic powder, ground turkey breast, Gorgonzola cheese, reduced-fat mayonnaise, gherkin pickles, dinner rolls, curly leaf lettuce) MyRecipes.com offers a recipe: 

1) Combine first four ingredients in a large bowl. Add cheese, stirring with a fork just until combined. Divide turkey mixture into 12 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/4-inch-thick patty.

2) Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add 4 patties; cook 2 minutes. Carefully turn patties over; cook 2 minutes or until done. Place patties on a large baking sheet in a single layer. Repeat procedure with remaining patties. Cool patties to room temperature. Cover with plastic wrap; freeze until firm. Place in a single layer in zip-top plastic bags; freeze up to 3 months.

3) Thaw patties overnight in refrigerator.

4) Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

5) Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray. Place patties on baking sheet in a single layer; cover with foil. Bake 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Keep warm.

6) Combine mayonnaise, pickle, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. Cut rolls in half horizontally. Spread about 1 teaspoon mayonnaise mixture on bottom half of each roll; top each with 1 turkey patty and 1 piece lettuce. Cover with tops of rolls. Serve immediately.

 

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes and melted cheddar cheese? Don’t say anything more! (Ingredients include: Sweet potatoes, Canadian bacon, sour cream, chives, shredded cheddar cheese) Check out this recipe from Health Magazine: 

1) Pierce potatoes with a fork, and arrange on paper towels. Microwave on high eight minutes; turn potatoes over after four minutes.

2) Cut each potato in half lengthwise, and scoop out the pulp, leaving 1/4-inch-thick shells. Mash pulp with 3 ounces Canadian bacon, two tablespoons sour cream, and two teaspoons chives in a bowl.

3) Spoon mixture into shells. Sprinkle two tablespoons cheese over tops of potatoes. Microwave on high two minutes, and sprinkle with one teaspoon chives.

 

Fudgey Chocolate Brownies: A sweet treat for whoever ends up winning.  (Ingredients include: Margarine, unsweetened chocolate, unsweetened cocoa, sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder). From a recipe found on MyRecipes.com: 

1) Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

2) Melt margarine and chocolate in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in cocoa; cook one minute. Stir in sugar, and cook one minute (mixture will almost form a ball and be difficult to stir). Remove pan from heat; cool slightly. Gradually add warm chocolate mixture to egg whites and egg, stirring with a whisk until well-blended. Combine flour and baking powder; add flour mixture to chocolate mixture, stirring well.

3) Spoon batter into a 9-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes (do not overbake). Cool on a wire rack.