Superbowl Treats: Healthy and Not

Superbowl Treats: Healthy and Not

Superbowl Treats: Healthy and Not

 

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

That’s an old adage I learned to live by years ago when I was on a mission to lose weight. Now, I’m realizing the verity of it once more.

If I have something healthy that’s handy to grab, I’m so much more able to stick to making good choices. That’s especially true when attending a party where everybody and their brother is plying me with sticky chicken wings, greasy sliders and double fudge brownies.

If you’re going to a Super Bowl party and want to have a healthy snack at the ready, try this veggie cup on for size. Instead of having to hang out by the honking Costco veggie tray that’s been plopped on the counter, you can grab your own lovely, individual cup with veggies and dip and sit with the rest of the gang to watch the game.

Never fear, though! I’ll also be sharing some not-so-healthy options below as well.

I think these cups are beautiful! The idea came from a food blog I love called “The View from Great Island.” The blogger, Sue, takes such fantastic photos of her food that sometimes it feels as if you’re gazing at art. She also offers so many unique, intriguing recipes as well. If you have a minute, click on the link above and take a look!  

Besides being healthy, gorgeous, and convenient, the Green Goddess dip you make for the veggies is super tasty as well. Once again, herbs are our friends. They pack a mighty flavor punch with very few calories. I made my dip in the food processor, poured it directly into a ziplock bag and plopped it in the fridge overnight. The next day when I was ready to assemble the cups, I snipped off a corner of the bag and just squeezed in the amount I wanted in each cup, mess-free!

Here’s how you make this healthy snack.

Recipe courtesy of: The View from Great Island

Servings:

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup parsley leaves
  • 1/3 cup fresh dill fronds
  • 1/3 cup tarragon leaves
  • 1/3 cup chives
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • 2 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup soft goat cheese
  • 1-2 tsp anchovy paste (optional but I recommend it)
  • salt and fresh cracked black pepper

Directions:

  1. Rinse your herbs well and put them in the bowl of a small food processor. Run the machine until the herbs are finely minced, scraping down the sides as you go to get all the herbs completely processed. This is going to give your dip that lovely pale green color.
  2. Add the lemon juice, garlic, and mayonnaise and continue processing until everything is blended well and there are no larger pieces of herbs left. You will still have to scrape down the sides.
  3. Add the yogurt, sour cream, goat cheese and anchovy paste. Process until blended.
  4. Taste the dip, and add the salt and pepper. Add extra lemon if needed.

 

How about this gorgeous veggie bouquet complete with your own portable supply of dip!

I used asparagus, beans, cucumber, red and yellow peppers, cherry tomatoes, and jicama. For the beans and the asparagus, heat a large pot of water to a boil, throw the veggies in the pot for 30 seconds, and then transfer them into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. For the cherry tomatoes, I poked them onto the working end of wooden shish kebab skewers.

How fun would it be to add radish roses to this veggie cup and then serving it for a wedding or baby shower? (Thanks for the idea, Pam!)

Superbowl treats: a beautiful bouquet of veggies with green goddess dip - so much more satisfying than a scoop of cottage cheese and a boiled egg!

Superbowl treats: a beautiful bouquet of veggies with green goddess dip - so much more satisfying than a scoop of cottage cheese and a boiled egg!

Superbowl treats: a beautiful bouquet of veggies with green goddess dip - so much more satisfying than a scoop of cottage cheese and a boiled egg!

 

Or, if you’d rather do the communal veggie tray platter thing, be my guest. It’s beautiful in its own right as well.

Superbowl treats: veggie platter with green goddess dip

 

Here’s the handy printable version for the Green Goddess dressing recipe.

Green Goddess Dressing

Website The View from Great Island

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup parsley leaves
  • 1/3 cup fresh dill fronds
  • 1/3 cup tarragon leaves
  • 1/3 cup chives
  • 1/2 lemon - use juice only
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup soft goat cheese
  • 1-2 teaspoon anchovy paste (optional, but I recommend it)
  • salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste

Directions

Step 1
Rinse your herbs well and put them in the bowl of a small food processor. Run the machine until the herbs are finely minced, scraping down the sides as you go to get all the herbs completely processed. This is going to give your dip that lovely pale green color.
Step 2
Add the lemon juice, garlic, and mayonnaise and continue processing until everything is blended well and there are no larger pieces of herbs left. You will still have to scrape down the sides.
Step 3
Add the yogurt, sour cream, goat cheese and anchovy paste. Process until blended.
Step 4
Taste the dip, and add the salt and pepper.

 

Ready or not, here come the not-so-healthy, yet oh-so-delicious Super Bowl snack options.

Wouldn’t your guests love some BBQ Brisket with a layer of crunchy cole slaw? (I’ve been meaning to make this sandwich lately and really have to stop and do it, mostly so that I can stop thinking about it! So yummy!) Looks good enough for any bronco riding cowboy to want to devour. (Not so subtle hint.)

BBQ Brisket Recipe Here!

Superbowl treats: BBQ brisket sandwich with crunchy coleslaw - Yahoo!

 

Santa Fe pizzas always are a party hit! There’s so much tangy flavor packed into every bite.

Santa Fe Pizza recipe here!

Superbowl treats: Southwestern Santa Fe pizza on naan - packed with tangy flavor!

 

Or how about making some rich and filling turkey chili with all of the fixin’s for the game? Go lightly on the cheese and sour cream, and this dish is actually really healthy.

Turkey Chili recipe here!

Superbowl treats: Turkey chili with sour cream and cheddar

 

Finally, a thick, hearty sandwich like a Muffaletta would really hit the spot while cheering on your team. Salami, olives, cheeses galore . . . just look at all of those flavors daring you not to take a bite! (Truth be told, I’m writing this right post right before dinner, and have to stop myself from sinking my teeth into my computer screen. Where is a handy cup of veggies and dip to stave off hunger when you need it?!)

Muffaletta recipe here!

Superbowl treats: MMMuffaletta! Olives, garlic, sausage and cheese - BAM!

 

Enjoy the game next week no matter what you’re eating, no matter who wins.

And, in honor of my nephew Wes and his girlfriend Erin who live in Colorado and are huge fans – GO BRONCOS!

Um, how cute are these two Broncos?

Love you guys!   

Written by Becky


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