Monday, February 7, 2011

A Healthier Superbowl Sunday

Superbowl Sunday usually means unhealthy eating: pizza, beer, sweets, snacks. Salty, sugary and full of fat.
This year, I had a plan in place to have a healthier Superbowl Sunday that was full of good-for-you flavor.
Of course I took pictures of each dish anticipating that I would share the recipes with my readers!**
Each dish was quick and easy, super delicious and full of healthy nutrients!

Poached Eggs with Roasted Tomatoes

Poached Eggs with Roasted Tomatoes
Serves 2

1 pint cherry tomatoes
1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
Fresh ground salt (use Pink Himalayan or Kosher for more nutrients)
Fresh ground pepper
1 Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves
2 large eggs
1 whole-wheat muffin, split and toasted

Heat over to 425°. Arrange tomatoes in a baking dish. Drizzle with oil, season with salt and pepper. Toss with thyme. Roast until tomatoes begin to burst, about 20 minutes. Scrape tomatoes and any juices into a bowl and let cool slightly. While tomatoes are cooling, poach eggs. Serve eggs over toasted English muffin halves. Season with salt and pepper, top with roasted tomatoes. Garnish with thyme sprigs.

Chipotle Avocado Sandwich

Chipotle Avocado Sandwich
Serves 4

1 15oz can red kidney beans, drained
1 chipotle in adobo, finely chopped, plus 1 Tbsp. sauce
8 slices of whole-grain bread, toasted
1 avocado, sliced
4 radishes, sliced
4 leaves escarole or other broad-leaf green
1 cup sprouted beans
Fresh ground salt and pepper

Mash beans, chipotle and sauce until combined. Spread on toasted bread. Top with avocado, radishes, escarole and sprouts. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with pita chips and hummus or fresh fruit.

Portobello Cheeseburgers

Portobello Cheeseburgers
Serves 4

2 tsp. olive oil
4 large portobello caps
Fresh ground salt and pepper
1 Tbsp. bottled minced garlic
1/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
3 Tbsp. Smart Balance or other reduced-fat mayonnaise
4 Whole wheat hamburger buns
2 cups arugula
1/2 cup sliced bottled roasted red bell peppers

Heat oil in nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle mushrooms with salt and pepper. Add mushrooms to pan and sauté 4 minutes or until tender, turning once. Meanwhile, combine cheese and mayonnaise, stirring well. Spread about 1 Tbsp cheese mixture over bottom half of each bun and then top with 1/2 cup arugula and 2 tablespoons of red pepper. Place 1 mushroom on each serving and top with top half of buns. 
Serve with a side of fresh fruit.

 Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

Healthy Oatmeal Cookies
Makes about 30 cookies

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups of rolled oats
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1/4 cup brown sugar

Mix the above ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.

1/4 honey
1/4 cup grapeseed or olive oil
1/4 applesauce
1 egg beaten with 1 Tbsp. water
1/4 tsp. vanilla

Mix the above ingredients in a medium bowl and then pour into the larger bowl of dry ingredients. Mix well.
At this point you can add in 1/2 cup of any of the following (I added in 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips and 1/2 cup walnuts):
Dark chocolate chips
Flax seed

Mix well and cool for 20 minutes in the refrigerator. Preheat the oven to 335°. Using a tablespoon, drop spoonfuls onto a baking sheet lined with parchment or waxed paper. Bake for 15 minutes or until done. Let cool. Refrigerate or freeze leftovers. 

Happy and healthy eating!

**Recipes courtesy of Whole Living or Cooking Light magazines and modified to fit my personal tastes.


Alex said...

Your food looks very tasty. I am going to try the avocado sandwhich.There is NO way of switching my husband to your healthy menu. I can't even get him to eat a "regular" oatmeal rasin cookie. We had the usual artery clogging foods. Still feel full and bloated today:(

shabby*girl said...

Wow! Where do you find the time???? Will you be doing all of this when I come and visit you? By the way....I think I'll plan a Florida visit sometime this year!!!!!

Nichole Renee said...

I have to second what Alex said, as I know Hubby won't partake in anything as healthy as these recipes. BUT I like to treat myself to little "Meals-He-Won't-Eat" when he's away, so these are going on my list!!

Laura said...

Alex and Nichole: Hubby's are hard to change. Mine is very health conscious so I'm lucky in that he'll eat anything I make. I call him my trash compactor because he'll even eat all the leftovers!

Missy: Heck ya! I'll be cookin' you up some delicious, yummy food! I do hope you come for a visit! You will LOVE it down here!

Angie said...

YUMMY food photography. And, so nice of you to post recipes too ... very clever. Love your blog!

Laura said...

Thanks Angie! All of these were so good. In fact, I made another batch of the cookies last night! :)