Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Ask the Internet: Light Super Bowl Snack Ideas?

You guys! Apparently, there’s some kind of sports game coming up? With men wearing helmets? And a ball that is also a foot? Hm. Perhaps I’ve been misinformed. But I’m also told that watching this game necessitates some inspired gorging. Subsequently, today’s question is a two-parter:

Q1: What is your favorite light Super Bowl snack?

Q2: Which traditional Super Bowl snack (pizza, wings, dip, etc.) would you most like to see lightened up?

Q1: A few years ago, I made a Seven-Layer Taco Dip that I have not yet stopped eating. I would spread it on toast and take it on an island getaway.

Q2: Artichoke dip, hands down. I’m trying the Cooking Light version for next week’s Serious Eats column. We’ll see what happens.

Readers, how about you? The comment section is ready for some footBALLLLLL. (Also, comments.)

Want to ask the interweb a question? Post one in the comment section, or write to Cheaphealthygood@gmail.com. Then, tune in next Tuesday for an answer/several answers from the good people of the World Wide Net.

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chacha1 said...

Veggie platter with red-pepper or chipotle hummus. You get the spice factor, which works well with beer and other game-related beverages, on a base of pure nutrition. A friend of mine serves hummus in hollowed-out cabbage or bell pepper, very festive and no wash-up once it's empty!

sanjeeta kk said...

A bowl of freshly cut papaya/watermelon anytime.

Melis said...

I would love to see if you can lighten up potato skins...gooey cheese, yummy bacon, and of course a huge potato. Sounds almost impossible to do while retaining the taste.

suerocks said...

Q1 - Veggies and dip is always my number 1 party fav. I try to have a variety at my parties. An extra special treat includes sugar snap peas, but my usuals are carrots, celery, green pepper, cucumber, broccoli and mushrooms. I make dip with light sour cream and a packet of Good Seasons dry italian dressing mix. I also make a cold spinach dip with light sour cream and a little light mayo...tastes just as good as normal.
Q2 - I wish bbq pulled pork could be lighter!

I am trying to come up with an easy menu that is 1 item in a crockpot, 1 side item and snacks. Thinking turkey meatballs, pasta salad (with light dressing and tons of veggies), and my usual (light) cheese & reduced fat triscuits/crackers plus aforementioned veggies and dip.

(I am not a fat free kinda girl...reduced is a happy medium.)

Anonymous said...

Q2 answer: mix canned artichoke hearts (chopped) with 1/4 c chopped frozen spinach, salt, pepper, garlic powder and lemon juice in a microwave safe bowl. Unwrap 2 Laughing Cow Lite wedged (I prefer herb and garlic) and microwave until the spinach is warm. Stir and adjust seasonings to taste. If you're feeling rakish, you can mix in a little neufatchel (light cream cheese) or goat cheese. This is a really easy way to make 1-2 servings of this dip (so you eat less) and the only fat comes from the cheese. Finn Crisps are a darn fine chip substitute and are high fiber/extremely low fat. People "don't do" Weight Watchers gobble this stuff up.

Robyn 'My Middle Name Is Awesome' said...

Ditto the potato skins. Would love some healthy/really different dip ideas. Dip seems to be a rare food item for me, but I love it so much, but never have any good recipes for it. Warm dips are the best!

I'm planning to make a veggie pizza with Ina's dough recipe (the best pizza dough ever!) rather than order Papa John's. Can't wait to see the recipes!

Laura said...

Q1: Tortilla roll ups are always delish, they are so fast to whip up, and they can be as full of fat as you want or nearly fat free. Mix 8 oz. sour cream, 8 oz. softened cream cheese, and one 4 oz. can of green chilies (or jalapenos if you like more fire). Spread evenly over tortillas (how many depends on how thick you like the filling; I like multigrain tortillas). Roll up and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until filling sets. Slice in 1 inch segments. Serve.

Also like the hot pepper jelly over cream cheese served with multigrain crackers. Lovely combination.

Q2: I don't know about "lightening up," but I'd love a recipe for gooey caramel popcorn that doesn't use corn syrup, and if it had less fat, that would be a bonus. Can such a thing exist?

LC @ Let Them Eat Lentils said...

Q1-I have a recipe for super quick guac on my blog that is my go to Superbowl/football recipe. I make it every year and people are obsessed with it.

Q2-I agree on the artichoke dip but want to see it not only lightened up, but somehow made without cheese/cream. I think I found a good vegan recipe I want to try! :)

wosnes said...

Being from Indy I should do something with pork tenderloin and corn, but I'm not.

I'm going with Sweet and Spicy chicken tenders, pico de gallo and guacamole (all homemade) along with corn chips.

ellabella said...

a lightened version of chicken wing dip!