Around this time of year, to be more specific during football season my husband’s friends happen to come by more often than usual. And although, my husband doesn’t really watch sports, he definitely gets into it if it means hanging out with the guys and eating all day. So what’s an #eventfashionista to do other than find another reason (or excuse!) to do some entertaining. I know, stating the obvious!
So last weekend, just like every other the guys swung by midafternoon for some football fun. Except this time to their surprise they were walking into a party and not just any party but one that would have them eating without any of the guilt!
Because let’s be honest, burgers, wings, chips, fries and beer all sound great until you wake up the next day feeling bloated and hungover. So, of course, I didn’t give up the staple game foods. I just gave them a healthier twist and I promise the boys were not the least disappointed!
Here’s what was on the menu + the delicious recipes!
Pretzel Bread with Low Fat Beer Cheese Dip. Need I say more?! Pretzels are a healthy snack (less than a gram of fat!) and if you can create a cheese dip that’s healthier well that’s just taking it to another level.
Pretzel Bread Recipe:
I take the easy way out on this one and buy the Trader Joes Pretzels bread, found in the bread aisle. I cut the loaf into cubes and in a 180 degree oven warm it up for 5 minutes. Serve in a bowl alongside low fat beer cheese dip.
Low Fat Beer Cheese Dip Recipe:
2 (8-ounce) packages fat-free cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup light beer
1 ounce packet ranch dressing mix
2 cups shredded 2% milk Cheddar cheese
Thoroughly mix the cream cheese, beer and dressing mix in a medium bowl, then fold in the shredded cheese. Refrigerate at least one hour for best taste. Heat in microwave for 1-3 minutes. Serve warm.
Recipe, courtesy of Spark Recipes.
Turkey Burgers. These are the perfect alternative to a beef burger and won’t have you counting any of your calories. It’s a win win if you ask me.
Turkey Burger Recipe (serving size 4, ¼ lb. burger patties):
1lb of Lean Ground Turkey
½ teaspoon of garlic powder
½ teaspoon of onion powder
½ teaspoon of Adobo
½ teaspoon of black pepper
¼ of lettuce head, chopped
½ a tomato, sliced
½ an onion, sliced
A slice of American cheese per burger
Season ground turkey by adding garlic powder, onion powder, adobo, black pepper. Make four round, flat patties. In a large pan (make sure the patties are not overcrowded) cook over medium heat. Roughly 5-7 minutes on each side. Add cheese (my choice American) until melted. Remove patties and serve with lettuce, tomato, onion, ketchup, and light mayo on a wheat bun.
Hostess Tip: DO NOT EVER squeeze patties with spatula. This will cause the patties to be dry, especially when cooking turkey meat as it doesn’t really have much fat.
Sweet Potato Skins. These are one of my favorite tailgating foods but just the toppings like the bacon and sour cream can have any girl (or guy) running from the scale. So, my option—sweet potatoes with fat free sour cream, turkey bacon and scallions.
Sweet Potato Skins Recipe (serving size 4):
4 sweet potatoes (one per person)
½ teaspoon of salt
½ teaspoon of black pepper
Light Mozzarella Shredded cheese
Fat Free Sour Cream
A small bunch of scallions, sliced
Cut sweet potatoes in half and scoop out the middle—about ½ and inch deep). Season with salt and pepper. On a baking rack, place potatoes (skin side down) and bake in a 350 degree oven for 60 minutes or until fork tender.
Cook turkey bacon in a pan over medium heat. Three minutes on each side. Chop into small pieces.
Remove from oven and sprinkle turkey bacon and light mozzarella cheese over each potato. Put back into the oven on high broil mode for another two minutes or until cheese is melted. Top with scallions and fat free sour cream.
Yup, perfection! These recipes will be all the rave and will have all your friends screaming for more. There is nothing more satisfying than eating what you want without feeling guilty.
Cheers to a healthier ‘Football Party!’
Until next time, keep entertaining.
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