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Super Bowl Snacks Lightened Up

You can’t mention the NFL lately without mention of deflated footballs.  As we gear up for Super Bowl XLIX, footballs aren’t the only things that get inflated.

 

Roughly 11.2 million pounds of potato chips, 8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips, 3.8 million pounds of popcorn, and 2.5 million pounds of nuts—and the list goes on. Altogether, we’ll eat approximately 30 million pounds of snacks, according to the Calorie Control Council, a trade group representing the low-fat and sugar-free food and beverage industries.

 

The council projects that the average Super Bowl watcher will scarf down 1,200 calories and 50 grams of fat in snacks alone. (source)

 

With these lightened up versions of some of your favorite snacks, you can have your cheese sticks and eat them too!  I managed to successfully create a lightened up sampler platter of mozzerella sticks, pizza bites, and chicken nuggets that will fly off the trays at your superbowl party!

 

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Cheese Sticks

I hit a winner with these baked Mozzerella Sticks!

 

Ingredients:

1 package of light string cheese (I used the store brand)

1c. Italian breadcrumbs (or just add italian seasoning to plain bread crumbs)

1 egg – beaten (I used a product called egg replacer because I have freaky allergies)

 

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

 

Cut string cheese sticks in half.  Dip into the egg mixture first and then roll in the bread crumbs.

 

Place onto a parchment lined baking sheet and spray with olive oil.  (I used the new Misto I got for Christmas but cooking spray will work too)

 

Bake for 8-10 minutes.

 

*Make sure to let them cool before moving to a serving tray.  If you move them too soon, they will be a cheesy mess!

 

 

Baby Portabello Pizza Bites

I hit a winner with this version of your favorite mini bagel pizzas.

 

Ingredients:

16 oz. Baby bellas

Shredded Mozzerella Cheese

Turkey Pepperoni

 

Remove stems and scoop out gills of mushrooms

 

Stuff with cheese and top with pepperoni (diced)and bake on a parchment lined sheet at 450 degrees for 20 minutes

 

Serve with your favorite Maranara dipping sauce.

 

 

Chicken Nuggets

These can be served with any dipping sauce of your choosing.  I think they would also be good tossed in buffalo sauce so you can get your wing fix on without the frying!

 

Ingredients:

1 pound chicken tenders (cut into nugget size pieces)

1c. Italian breadcrumbs (or just add italian seasoning to plain bread crumbs)

1 egg – beaten (I used a product called egg replacer because I have freaky allergies)

 

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

 

Dip chicken into the egg mixture first and then roll in the bread crumbs.

 

Place onto a parchment lined baking sheet and spray with olive oil.  (I used the new Misto I got for Christmas but cooking spray will work too)

 

Bake for 20 minutes.

 

 

 

I Made That On Pinterest – Sweet Potato Kale and Quinoa Fritters

You have all seen the many Pinterest fail memes going around the interwebs.

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Source and even more pinterest fails.

 

I’m sure you have also seen things like low calorie black bean brownies and thought “that can’t possibly be as good as it looks!”

 

Trust me, they weren’t!

 

Soooooo……I have decided to start a new series called I Made That On Pinterest.

 

Each IMTOP post will feature a recipe that I found on Pinterest and tried to re-create. Success or failure, good or bad, I will give you the brutally honest truth!

 

We have a ton of sweet potatoes left from the
Last of the farmer’s market hauls that are on the verge of spoiling.

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Since I hate throwing things away, I have been forced to get creative. Seriously, I am surprised that I haven’t turned orange! I did what anyone would do and turned to pinterest to find recipes I could use them in because you can only eat so many baked sweet potatoes.  So,  I decided to try these sweet potato, quinoa, and kale fritters.

 

I baked mine since I don’t usually fry things and I used the vegan flax egg option since I’m allergic to eggs.

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The verdict! Really good! As a matter of face, they were even better the next day after warming in the oven. I highly recommend you try them and definitely use the Sriracha topping the recipe recommends.

 

Do you have any Pinterest recipes you have been dying to try but are afraid to make? Want me to try them out on the blog? Drop a comment and I will add them to my list!