The SuperBowl….a great excuse for a party! But not a great excuse for busting through your belt! Here are some easy and enjoyable dip recipes to bring to your football fiesta! All can be served with fresh vegetables (low calorie and high in fiber), or whole grain crackers or tortillas.
Hummus is a great choice for dipping! With fiber and protein from the chickpeas, it leaves you feeling more satisfied than many others. It can also be very versatile in flavor. Try adding more garlic, roasted red peppers, or experiment with other herbs and spices to change the flavor!
- 15-oz can low sodium chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- lemon juice to taste
- minced garlic to taste
- crushed red pepper flakes, optional
|Combine all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth. Serve with fresh vegetables or whole grain crackers. |
Quick & Easy Black Bean Dip
Per 1 tablespoon: ~20kcals, 3g carbs, 1g fiber, 1g protein.
- 15-oz can low sodium black beans, rinsed
- 1/2-1 cup prepared salsa
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- salt and black pepper to taste
|Combine black beans, salsa, lime juice, cilantro and cumin in a food processor. Process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. |
Skinny and Satisfying Artichoke Dip
- 14-oz can artichoke hearts, rinse, drained and chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 cup plain non-fat greek yogurt
- 1/2-3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon whole grain breadcrumbs, seasoned
This dip is super easy to prep and much better for your waist then typical artichoke dip recipes. Still creamy and cheesy, but with less fat and calories, and more protein from the greek yogurt!
|Preheat oven to 375F. Combine chopped artichokes,greek yogurt, garlic and cheese in medium bowl until well-mixed. Transfer to glass backing dish. Sprinkle with bread crumbs. Bake until bubbling, about 25 to 30 minutes. Cool for 5 to 7 minutes before serving. Serve with fresh vegetable sticks or whole grain tortilla chips. |
Here are some quick and easy recipes for a soup that will please your palate!
Black Bean Soup
This soup is a quick and easy fix for those chilly nights! Packed with fiber and protein from beans, and a little kick from the spices, this soup is sure to warm the soul! Serve with a side of grilled chicken or fish for some extra lean protein, and a simple green leafy salad and your meal is complete!
Per 1 1/4 cup soup: 2 servings grains/starchy vegetables, 1/2 serving vegetables, 1 serving protein, 1 serving fat/oils
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 15-oz cans low sodium black beans, rinsed well
- 3 cups water
- 1/2 cup of your favorite prepared salsa
- pinch of salt
- lime juice
- plain non fat greek yogurt (for garnish)
- fresh clilantro (for garnish)
|Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook until beginning to soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Add chili powder and cumin and cook for about 1 minute more. Add beans, water, salsa and salt. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in lime juice. |
|Transfer half the soup to a blender and puree. Stir the puree back into the saucepan. Serve with a dollop of greek yogurt and cilantro, if desired. |
Veggie Loaded Soup
A simple way to enjoy your veggies! Try mixing it up with different vegetable combinations and herbs. Add beans for some extra protein and fiber, or try adding some tofu for a more complete meal!
Per serving: 1 tsp fat/oil, 2 servings vegetables
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 large onion, chopped
- 2 ribs celery, chopped
- 2 large carrots, chopped
- 2 cups mixed veggies, chopped (ie. zucchini, green beans, summer squash)
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- salt (to taste)
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 bay leaf
- 3 cups low sodium vegetable broth
- 1 15-oz can tomatoes
|Heat oil in a large stock pot. Add onion, carrots and celery. Heat while stirring for 3-4 minutes or until onions are soft. Add the rest of the vegetables and heat for 1-2 more minutes. |
Add salt, thyme and oregano, stirring to coat the vegetables well.
Add bay leaf and vegetable broth. Bring to a simmer.
Add tomatoes, stir, and allow soup to simmer until all the vegetables are cooked. Adjust seasonings to taste.
Remove the bay leaf and serve with a pinch of fresh parmesan!
Check out this delicious and super quick-prep Curried Cauliflower Soup recipe from Woman’s Day. Replace the chicken broth with veggie broth and you’ve got another great vegetarian-friendly meal!
Looking for some easy to prepare recipes for your Sunday Funday? Bring out the slow-cooker and try this super simple Pulled-Pork recipe. Of course, you will also need a side of coleslaw! With a total of about 20 minutes of prep-time for these two killer recipes, you wont need to worry about missing a minute of the game!
Easy-Peasy Slow-Cooker Pulled-Pork
||6 hours, 10 minutes|
Lindsay Lawes, MS, RD
- 2-3lb pork tenderloin
- 1 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2/3 cups BBQ sauce
- 2 tablespoons worchester sauce
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
|Spray the bottom of your slow cooker with cooking spray. Place pork in bottom. Sprinkle with seasonings. Spread applesauce evenly over pork. Drizzle with BBQ sauce and Worchester sauce. Cook on high heat for 6-7 hours. Using two forks, gently pull pork apart to shred. |
Creamy Coleslaw with Greek Yogurt Dressing
- 1/2 cup plain non-fat greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1-2 teaspoon celery seed
- 1 teaspoon no-salt seasoning (ie. Mrs. Dash)
- 4 cups shredded cabbage
- 1/2 cup shredded carrots
- 1/4 cup roasted sunflower seeds
Per 1 cup serving: 1 serving vegetables, 1 tsp fat/oil, 1/2 oz serving protein
|In a medium sized bowl, combine all wet ingredients and seasonings. Mix well. Add in cabbage and carrots. Stir until veggies are all coated. Sprinkle with sunflower seeds. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. |
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