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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Super Bowl Food & Drink For the Girly Girl

From commercials with beer chugging bromances and practically naked women, to the overindulgence of cheese filled dips and  plates of buffalo wings, let's be honest with with ourselves girls, Super Bowls were meant for and centered around the men. But what about us girls who are just as into the excitement - or in my case dragged into it kicking and screaming - I don't know about you guys but my stomach can only take so many heavy foods and drinks in one day.

So while our men may prefer high calorie, spicy, meat filled foods for the occasion, I don't see a problem with catering to you and your girlfriends taste preference while you're at it. So whip up some of these healthy alternatives tonight and I guarantee it will be appreciated from your fellow girly girls.

Roasted Egg Plant Dip
A light and healthy dip highly recommended by a good friend of mine. Pass up that high calorie buffalo dip and delve into this delicious treat.

Source: FoodNetwork.com

Ingredients

1 Med. Eggplant
2 Red Bell Pepper, seeded
1 Red Onion, pealed
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
3 Tbsp of Olive oil
1 1/2 Tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 Tbsp of tomato paste

Directions

1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2) Cut eggplant, bell pepper, and onion into 1-inch cubes.
3) Toss into large bowl with garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
4) Spread on on a baking sheet and roast for 45 minutes until vegetable are lightly browned and soft then let cool
5) Place vegetables in a food processor fitted with a steel blade, add tomato paste, and pulse 3-4 times
6) Salt for taste

Frozen Fudge-Dipped Strawberry Mudslide
The ultimate girl version of a Super Bowl beverage. Only 175 calories, this drink is both tasty and appealing. Serve with a few chocolate dipped

Source: Food.com

Ingredients

1 1/2 ounces vodka or 1 1/2 ounces canfield's chocolate fudge diet soda
1 sugar-free fudgsicle (the 40-calorie single version)
3 frozen strawberries, slightly thawed
1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze
1/2 ounce torani sugar-free strawberry syrup
1 tablespoon sugar-free chocolate syrup
3 1/2 ounces Splenda sugar substitute
3/4 cup crushed ice


Directions:

1) Remove fudge pop from the wooden stick and place in blender.
2) Place all other ingredients, including ice, in the blender with 1 oz. of water.
3) Blend on the highest speed until well blended (add a bit more water if you prefer your drink less thick).
4) Pour, and if desired, top with fat-free Reddi-Whip! (Don't forget to add 5 cals for each 2-tbsp. squirt.). 


Quinoi Turkey Meatballs
Perfect alternative to your classic meatball sub, not to mention the healthy benefits your providing your body with from the quinoi.

Source: toneitup.com

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup of Quino
1 Pound Ground Turkey (99% lean)
1/4 Cup diced shallot
1/4 cup of diced red onion
1/4 cup of red pepper
4 garlic cloves minced
1/3 cup egg whites
3 Tblsp flax meal
1/2 tesspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 450° degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray
  1. Place quinoa and 1⅓ cup water into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Once boiling strongly, reduce to low heat, cover, and cook until all water is absorbed.
  2.  Transfer  quinoa to a medium mixing bowl, and allow it to cool for 10 minutes.
  3. While quinoa is cooling, add all remaining ingredients to the bowl. Using your hands or a spoon, mix until well combined.
  4. Shape the meat mixture into balls that are a little smaller than a golf ball. I used a small ice cream scooper. You can also shape into traditional burger patties too!
  5. Evenly space turkey balls on the baking sheet. Bake for about 12-15 minutes, until slightly browned and crispy on top. Place the sheet in the oven and cook the meatballs until they’re slightly browned and crispy on top. Serve with warmed marinara sauce!

Will you be trying any of these? Do you have any healthy party foods you like? Share your recipes in the comments.

xx
Kaylee

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