Hy-Vee Dietitian: Super Bowl Snacks

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By Nicole Agee

If you are maintaining that resolution to lose weight, Super Bowl parties can put your defensive game to the test. You certainly don’t want to have a dietitian at your Super Bowl party calling ‘interference’ when you and your friends start overindulging. By doing a little game planning in advance, you and your friends will still feast and score with these tasty recipes while avoiding overindulging in thousands of wasted calories throughout the game.

These dishes pack lots of flavor, and you will feel good about serving these selections to your guests:

Chili Cheese Dip
Serves 16

All you need:
1 yellow onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
2 (15 oz) cans Hy-Vee vegetarian chili with beans
2 (8 oz) packages Hy-Vee fat free cream cheese
4 oz. Hy-Vee 2% Colby jack shredded cheese

All you do:
1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add the yellow onion and green pepper and cook until softened, 3-4 minutes. Combine with chili in a mixing bowl.
2. Spread cream cheese on the bottom of an 8x8 baking dish. Spread chili mixture over the cream cheese. Finish with a layer of shredded cheese. Microwave for 5 minutes or until the cheese melts. Serve with veggies and whole grain crackers.

Nutrition facts per serving: Calories 100, Total fat 2g, Saturated fat 1g, Cholesterol 10mg, Sodium 420 mg, Carbohydrate 11g, Fiber 2g, Protein 8g


Buffalo Chicken Flatbread
Serves 16

All you need:
1 tablespoon Hy-Vee unsalted butter
½ cup Hy-Vee buffalo wing sauce
2 cups shredded, cooked chicken
4 whole grain flatbreads
1 cup Hy-Vee shredded mozzarella cheese
3 celery ribs, sliced thin
¼ cup blue cheese crumbles

All you do:
1. Preheat oven to 500.
2. Melt butter in the microwave for 15 seconds. Combine with the hot wing sauce and pour over the shredded chicken. Toss to combine.
3. Lay flatbreads on a baking sheet. Top with mozzarella cheese, chicken mixture, celery and blue cheese. Bake for 5-10 minutes or until cheese melts.

Nutrition facts per serving: Calories 110, Total fat 4g, Saturated fat 2g, Cholesterol 20mg, Sodium 420mg, Carbohydrate 10g, Fiber 1g, Protein 10g


Turkey Sliders with Apple Chutney and Smoked Gouda
Serves 16

All you need:
Apple Chutney:
2 large Granny smith apples, diced small
½ cup red onion, diced
¼ cup Grand Selections red wine vinegar
¼ cup Hy-Vee dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
½ teaspoon allspice
1 ¼ lb. ground turkey
Salt and pepper, to taste
16 Baking Stone slider buns, split
4 oz. smoked gouda cheese, sliced thin

All you do:
1. Bring the chutney mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat to simmer and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for 50 minutes to 1 hour, until most of the liquid has evaporated. Allow to cool.
2. Form ground turkey into 16 small patties. Season with salt and pepper. Grill or sauté the patties in a nonstick skillet until golden brown and juices run clear.
3 Top each slider bun with a turkey patty, a slice of smoked gouda cheese and a spoonful of apple chutney. Secure each slider with a toothpick and serve.
Nutrition facts per serving: Calories 170, Total fat 6g, Saturated fat 2g, Cholesterol 35mg, Sodium 210mg, Carbohydrate 22g, Fiber 2g, Protein 12g

Cheddar Sliders with Chipotle Cherry BBQ Sauce
Serves 16

All you need:
BBQ sauce:
1 tablespoon Hy-Vee unsalted butter
1 yellow onion, chopped
¾ cup Hy-Vee cherry preserves
¼ cup Hy-Vee dried cherries, chopped
2 tablespoons chipotle in adobo, seeded and minced
¼ cup Hy-Vee ketchup
¼ cup Hy-Vee apple cider vinegar

1 ¼ lb. 93% lean ground beef
Salt and pepper, to taste
16 Baking Stone slider buns, split
4 oz. Hy-Vee 2% sharp cheddar cheese, sliced thin

All you do:
1. Bring BBQ sauce ingredients to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
2. Form ground beef into 16 small patties. Season with salt and pepper. Grill or sauté the patties in a nonstick skillet to desired doneness (I recommend medium).
3. Top each slider bun with a burger patty, a slice of cheddar cheese and a spoonful of bbq sauce. Secure each slider with a toothpick and serve.

Nutrition facts per serving: Calories 220, Total fat 6g, Saturated fat 2.5g, Cholesterol 45mg, Sodium 230mg, Carbohydrate 29g, Fiber 2g, Protein 15g
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