Sunday, February 6, 2011

Superbowl XLV GO PACK GO!!!

The superbowl is just one of those things... this will mark my second football game watched this season (first one being when the Packers creamed the Bears two weeks back), so obviously neither I nor Ki are avid football fans.  But, we do live in Wisconsin, and I am a marketing student so obviously there are a few reasons today excites me.  The packers are in the superbowl(!), and I get to see all of the wonderful marketing ploys companies are spending mucho bucks on for a commercial spot.  Sounds like a win-win for me!

But how do you eat healthy junk food?!  Isn't the super bowl all about wings and chili and hot dogs and countless other snacks that pile on thousands of extra calories?!  Well... yes.  But there are ways around it.  We will not be partaking in a super bowl party this year so it makes it easier to control our caloric intake, but we will have some delicious snacks to tide us through the game, and it will definitely taste like we are spoiling ourselves when, in fact, we are still eating healthy ;).

So what's on our menu you may ask?  Chili-Cheese Fries, Pigs in a Blanket, and Pineapple-Pistachio Cake.  YUM!

Chili-Cheese Fries from Hungry Girl
makes 2 servings
1 butternut squash (ours was about 2 pounds)
1 can hormel vegetarian with beans chili
2 fat-free cheddar cheese slices
8 oz container dannon greek yogurt (fat free, 80 calorie container)

Peel, scrape out the seeds, and cut up the butternut squash into french fry-like shapes (Ki was creative this time and used a crinkle cutter, but any regular knife will do).  Spray a pan (or two depending on how big your squash was) with pam and bake at 425* for 40 minutes, flip halfway through.

Once the squash is cooked, heat up the chili in the microwave or stovetop.  Divide the squash into two large bowls, pour half of the can of chili on each serving (about a cup).  Top with the cheese slice and put it in the microwave for about 30 seconds to get the cheese all nice and melty.

Top each with half the container of greek yogurt (we like this instead of sour cream, but if you want to use far-free or lite sour cream feel free).

And then voila!  Amazingly, awesome chili-cheese fries.  This makes two HUGE servings, so you can divide it up between more people for a smaller side dish.

Pigs in a Blanket from Hungry Girl (one serving)

1 97% fat-free beef franks
1 reduced-fat crescent roll
1 T ketchup

Cut the hot dog and crescent roll into four similarly sized servings.  Roll the crescent around the hot dog and bake in a 350* oven for 8-10 minutes.  Serve with ketchup and/or mustard (the nutrition info includes 15 calories of ketchup)!

Pineapple-Pistachio Cake

makes 12 servings
1 box betty crocker yellow cake mix
12 oz (one can) of a diet white soda (we used ruby splash sierra mist, but fresca, sprite, 7up are all good)
1 8 oz  can crushed pineapple (drain juice off)

Mix together all ingredients and bake as directed on the box (we used a 9x13 pan to make dividing up a serving easier).

1 box sugar-free pistachio pudding mix
1 cup skim milk
15 servings (roughly a cup and a half) of lite cool whip

Mix together the pudding and the skim milk, and then fold in the lite cool whip.  Refrigerate the frosting for a little bit to let it set up.

Once the cake has cooled, top with the frosting and refrigerate it until it is ready to be served!  This cake is definitely in the spirit of the packers as it is green and yellow, but you don't have to be packer fans to enjoy it!


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