All the taste, none of the guilt!
I live in Boston. Trust me, I’m well aware that this weekend is the Superbowl! The Pats get top billing on every news channel, regardless of the political situation here in the US or other actual news going on in the world. But, you don’t come here for my political opinions, you come here for my suggestions on how to make healthy choices……so we’ll keep it that way! Even if you’re not living in Patriots Nation, chances are that you will be watching the game, or at least gathering with friends while the game is on….which means, there will likely be food. Lots of food. Possibly not a lot of healthy food, but you have an opportunity to change that!
Offer to bring a salad or some vegan chili. A crudite platter with some delicious bean dip is a healthy appetizer and so are “crab” cakes. I think a platter of veggie spring rolls is really impressive. If you’re assigned to bring a side dish, make cauliflower rice with asparagus or quinoa with veggies because they are wholesome, easy and can feed a crowd. Who needs another casserole laden with carbs and cheese anyway! There are even healthy options to take if you’re assigned to dessert. Why not bring a pumpkin bread or a chocolate pie? Everyone is sure to like that!!
Ever since I posted a recipe for veggie burgers that had sweet potato fries on the side, I’ve been getting a lot of requests for the recipe. I thought this would be a good week to share that because fries are a good thing to serve at a Superbowl party. I think sweet potato fries are a good thing to serve anytime. All the time. What’s not to like?
Using sweet potatoes rather than regular white potatoes increases the nutritional value of the fries.
Sweet potatoes are nutrient dense, making them a terrific choice for snack food. They are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals (A, C, Bs, magnesium, potassium, biotin), and they also contain many antioxidants, fiber, are anti-inflammatory, and help with blood sugar regulation.
I like my fries crispy, but fried food doesn’t agree with me, so I bake these fries in a super hot oven which gives me the desired result. I use avocado oil, rather than olive oil, because it can withstand the higher temperatures.
Baking rather than frying mitigates another of the nutritional dangers of fries. Another problem with indulging in fries usually lies in the dipping….most brands of ketchup contain a fair amount of sugar. This dipping sauce uses only a trace amount of honey and derives the rest of the sweetness from orange juice, so it’s a much healthier alternative to ketchup. I make this roasted red peppers sauce often because it’s healthy and also yummy….dipping fries into sauce is part of the fun………and goes well on so many different things. Green Goddess Dressing is also spectacular to dip these fries into. Seriously good!
Some see the Superbowl as an opportunity to focus on something other than politics, some see the Superbowl as an opportunity to cheer their favorite team on and see a great competitive sport……and others see the Superbowl as an opportunity to view some stellar commercials….still others look at the Superbowl as a social opportunity to get together with friends…….and then there are foodies who never miss an opportunity to try new recipes and see the Superbowl as an excuse to feed their friends. Whatever camp you fall into, don’t forget to have fun……..Go Pats!!