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25 Super Bowl Recipes, Part 5: Sweet Treats

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Super Bowl recipes: the sweet stuff!

Today, we wrap up our Super Bowl recipes round-up.

Yesterday, we were so healthy, goin’ all low carb! Today’s list is a bit naughtier: it’s all about the sweet stuff!

Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips, via Relish.  Still sorta healthy, what with all that fruit. Unlike our next contestant…

Homemade Chocoate Pop-Tarts and Nutella Pop-Tarts. Oh dear, I think you could blow any diet just by looking at these!

No-Bake Cheesecakes — This page includes a link to the original from My Baking Addiction, as well as three variations from me. These are especially cute served in little Mason jars. Plus so portable!

Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries from The Sweets Life. Strawberries are low-glycemic and loaded with potassium, so if you make this with a sweetener other than refined sugar, these are actually pretty healthy. So you can feel all virtuous as you pig out on them!

If you’ve just gotta have something themey, here you go: Football Filbert Cookies from Food.com

Bonus Super Bowl recipe: crab rangoon dip!

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Just ran across this and had to add it! What a genius idea: crab rangoon dip!

Update: Made this yesterday… Not a big fan of the recipe as written. I mean it’s okay, but not what I imagined. But chilled overnight and heated up the next day, it’s much better.

I added a couple pinches of granulated garlic and salt. Also, I used green onion, and for authenticity’s sake, I would put sweet-and-sour sauce on it, not sweet chili.

25 Super Bowl Recipes, Part 4: Low Carb

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And onto day five of our Super Bowl recipes round-up: Low Carb!

I think more chips are sold SB weekend than any other week of the year. But it is possible to have delish, satisfying snacks on the table that don’t max out your carb allowance for the month, all in one sitting! Here are a few.

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Just about any dip you can find is low carb, it’s the crackers and chips they’re usually served with that makes them high carb. Use a crisp veggie instead, and it’s instant health food!  🙂 But skip the usual, boring carrots and celery on a plate; think jicama, bell pepper strips, ribs from hearts-of-romaine. And to make them even more appealing, place them in vertical glass containers, like the beautiful table shown here, from Sugar Plum Sisters.

 

Bacon-Avocado Sammies from non nom paleo. Don’t these look yummy?!

Zucchini/squash Pizza Bites, from yours truly. The “crust” couldn’t be simpler: it’s just slices of summer squash or zucchini, lightly baked before being topped with your favorite pizza stuff, and broiled. (Inspired by Kalyn’s Kitchen.) My recipe includes both pepperoni and vegetarian versions.

 

gluten-free pizza crust or flatbread

For real pizza, try this gluten-free pizza crust recipe!

 

Deviled Eggs. Did you know that deviled eggs from the grocery store sometimes contain sugar? Yuck! Much safer (and Paleo-friendly) to make your own. I like ’em simple and classic, like this take from SimplyRecipes.

 

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Garlic-Herb Cheese Spread or Dip, also from this site. Tastes sort of like Allouette. Again, to keep it low carb, serve with veggie dippers.

 

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5-Minute Magic Green Sauce! This stuff is amazing! Yes, it’s great on fish as shown above, but it also makes a fantastic dip for veggies or chips.

Not into dairy? Here’s my favorite Paleo dip…

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Dump Ranch” – I make it thicker than the salad dressing version, and use it as a dip and spread. I almost always have some of this in my fridge!

Parties don’t have to mean blowing your healthy eating habits completely! Come stocked with one or more of these, and you’ll have less recovery to do the next day!

25 Super Bowl Recipes, Part 3: Cold Dips

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Super Bowl Recipes: cold dips

Day 3 in our round-up of 25 Super Bowl Super Bowl Recipes: cold dips.

A quick, easy, cold Shrimp Dip from SimplyRecipes.
Perhaps the best-loved, most classic party dip: 7-Layer Taco Dip. And who better to turn to than Pioneer Woman? (Personally, though, I’m perfectly happy to skip making the guac from scratch; I use Wholly Guacamole Picante Style. And if you’re making a version of this classic that involves taco seasoning mix, check out my low-sodium, sugar-free recipe.)
Here’s a new twist on that old favorite: 7-layer Greek Dip. And for that, you’ll need hummus. Coming right up…
I refused to try hummus for years, based on the name alone. Don’t follow my example! This is yummy (and healthy) stuff. And homemade hummus is so easy. My recipe is based on this one from Martha Stewart, but I take a quicker route than oven-roasting the garlic, and replace the cayenne with cumin. More authentic, in my opinion.

Garlic Hummus
3 large cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
1 15-oz. can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 T. extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
3 T. tahini
3 T. lemon juice
3 T. water
3/4 t. kosher salt
3/4 t. cumin
3 T. pine nuts
paprika, for garnish, optional

Put the garlic in a small microwave-safe dish, and add just enough olive oil to lightly coat the pieces. Microwave on medium for 40 seconds, stirring once. (This mellows it a bit, takes off the strong bite.)

Add the garlic, chickpeas, the olive oil, tahini, lemon juice, water, kosher salt and cumin to a food processor. Process until very smooth, scraping down sides as necessary. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary: add more cumin, salt, and/or fresh-ground pepper.

Spread the hummus on a plate, leaving an inch or more around the edge. If not serving soon, refrigerate till half-hour before serving.

Optional: Toast the pine nuts, being careful not to burn them. (You can do this in a dry skillet on the stovetop, or with olive oil the same way the garlic was done.)

Drizzle some olive oil over the hummus, scatter the pine nuts over it, and sprinkle lightly with paprika for color.

Serve with pita chips, wheat thins, and/or crisp vegetables such as cucumber or hicama.

PS: Want a Paleo, Whole30, or Keto friendly hummus? Check out my Almond Hummus recipe here!

almond hummus with chicken + peppers - keto + paleo friendly

25 Super Bowl Recipes, Part 2: Hot Stuff

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Super Bowl recipes: hot dips

Continuing this week’s round-up of Super Bowl recipes… Today’s theme: Hot dips.
Dig in!

Jalapeno Popper Dip from Big Red Kitchen — so much easier than wrapping jalapenos one by one!
French Dip Crescents from Mama Loves Food — Make this one even easier on yourself: use the super-simple au jus with my 10-minute French Dip recipe.
Buffalo Chicken Dip from SkinnyTaste – All the flavor of buffalo wings without messy hands!

25 Super Bowl Recipes, Part 1: Three-Ingredient Treats

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Every day this week, I’ll be posting four to six recipes I’ve rounded up that you might want to put on your Super Bowl table this weekend. Today’s theme: Three ingredients!  — aka, SUPER easy!

Mango Salsa
There are lots of recipes out there for mango salsa, but the first one I was introduced to was this one. It’s so simple, you’ll think, “That can’t be it.” But trust me, these three ingredients combine in some mystical way to create a deliciousness that outweighs the shopping list and expectations. For each two servings:
1 mango, diced (here’s how)
1 handful of cilantro, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
Stir them all together, and enjoy immediately, or use within one day.
For party food, serve it with tortilla chips, but it’s also delish on top of salmon or pork.
Chipotle-Raspberry Salsa on Cream Cheese
Here’s another “recipe” that seems toooooo simple to be impressive, but oh my goodness, is this stuff addictive! And really, the picture above contains the whole recipe. You’ll want to soften the cream cheese first, and you won’t need the whole bottle — just pour it on till the cheese is well smothered.
The third ingredient? Your favorite crackers or chips: Ritz, Wheat Thins, Doritos — it’s all good!
You can find Bronco Bob’s at Amazon, World Market, and last time I checked, Dillons/Kroger.
Coming later this week: Hot Stuff, Cold Dips, Low Carb, and Sweet Treats!

Coffee Panna Cotta

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“Panna cotta” is Italian for “cooked cream,” and that’s exactly what it is. The result is a smooth, custard-like yumminess made without eggs or oven time. This Coffee Panna Cotta is easy enough to make every weekend, but elegant enough for a special occasion.

I use instant espresso powder because it’s easy to keep on hand, but if you have some brewed espresso on hand, you can certainly use that. Just be sure to chill it before adding the gelatin to it.

If you’re cutting down on sugar, it can be made with Splenda Blend. I don’t recommend making it with only Splenda. The consistency becomes very jello-like, and there’s something very, very wrong about opaque jello.

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This is not all the ingredients; just the ones for the
coffee/gelatin mixture.

Coffee Panna Cotta

1/3 cup very cold water
1 t. instant espresso powder
1 (.25 ounce) envelope unflavored gelatin
2-1/2 cups heavy cream
1/3 cup white sugar (for low carb: 2 to 3 T. Splenda Blend)
2 t. Kahlua (optional; does contain sugar)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

 

Stir the espresso powder into the cold water until completely dissolved.  Stir in the gelatin powder.

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It may want to clump at first, but stir until it looks fairly homogenized. It will still look sort of grainy. Set this in the fridge.

In a saucepan (size at least 2 qt.), stir together the heavy cream and sugar or Splenda (and Kahlua, if you want), and set over medium heat. Bring to a full boil (which may take up to 10 minutes), stirring frequently or constantly. Watch carefully so it doesn’t boil over. Boiling cream doesn’t look like boiling water: it mostly just has bumps moving just under the surface, with an occasional bubble breaking the surface.

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Retrieve the gelatin mixture from the fridge…

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It will look even more grainy now; that’s okay. Whisk it into the cream until completely dissolved. Cook for two minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Leave it off the heat for 10 minutes, stirring every few minutes.

Clean-up tip: fill the sauce pan and liquid measuring cup with cold water now, to soak off the remaining gelatin.

When the cream mixture has cooled to about room temperature, pour into individual dishes. Espresso cups, small ramekins or dipping bowls work great. Putting them all on one tray or baking sheet makes transporting them to fridge easier.

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In my house, what comes next is my husband wandering into the kitchen. “What’s this?”

“Coffee panna cotta,” I answer.

“Can I have some?,” he asks.

“Well, it’s not nearly done, it needs to…”

Too late! He’s got dish and spoon in hand, enjoying coffee-cream soup for lunch.

Cover the remaining dishes with cling wrap, and move to the fridge. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.

If you can.

6-10 servings, depending on what size dishes you use.

You might also like:
7 Special Occasion Cookies
Coffee Heath Bar Ice Cream
Chicken with Mushroom Sage Sauce (another special-occasion-worthy dish)

10-Minute Quick French Dip Sandwich

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Quick French Dip Sandwich

I love a good French dip, and this recipe makes it so easy, you can have one on the table in just minutes. Sure, it uses deli roast beef, but there are a few extra ingredients in the au jus that make this sandwich taste like the jus simmered for hours. It’s one of my go-to meals when I need something quick and brainless.

A note about the bread… The classic bread for French dip is baguette, but you can use any sturdy, fairly thick bread. I’m using homemade honey wheat bread in the demo photos. It’s not as authentic as a white French bread, but it does make the dish a bit healthier. Which is where I like to live!

10-Minute French Dip

Servings: 3

2 c. beef broth or stock
1 T. soy sauce (low sodium preferred)
1 garlic clove, crushed (or 1 t. granulated garlic)
1 bay leaf
1/2 t. dried rosemary
3 sandwich buns, or equivalent baguette
9 slices provolone
1 lb. deli roast beef

Preheat broiler, and place rack about 4″ under heat.

Combine beef broth, soy sauce, garlic and herbs in a small sauce pan and bring to a simmer. Yes, just throw the bay leaf in there whole. You’ll strain it out later. Keep this on low while you prepare the bread.

Slice the bread lengthways and and place it cut side up on a baking sheet. Top each piece of bread with slices of provolone to cover the cut surface of the bread. Broil this until the cheese is melted and bubbly, watching closely. This will only take about 2 minutes.

Remove the bread from the oven. Place matching bread pieces on each plate. Using tongs, pick up a few slices of roast beef and swish them in the broth, just to heat them a little. (You don’t want to overcook them, or they’ll get tough.) As you lift the beef out, tap the tongs on the side of the sauce pan to remove excess juice, then place the beef on one sandwich. Repeat for the other plates.

Pour the remaining broth through a strainer, into ramekins or other small bowls for dipping, and serve immediately.

You might also like:
Homemade Whole Wheat Bread
Quick Easy Lunch: Tex Mex Plate
Crockpot Chicken Tacos