**Don’t forget to snap a photo of your healthy lunch and send it to me for Lindsay’s Lunchbox!**
I know this is a little belated, but believe me, it’s worth the wait 🙂
We had plans to have a small Superbowl get-together with friends. One couple stayed home so there was just four of us…but we had food for about 20!
I made some of my Curried Sweet Potato Dip, we had hummus & pita chips, I made some awesome banana cookies (recipe to come!) and my friend Sarah brought oreo brownies. I ate approximately half the pan. We also bought some plain frozen wings and tossed them in sauce.
In addition, I made two delicious appetizers that I wanted to share with you.
First up: I made Cake, Batter & Bowl’s Chicken Parm Bites. They were a big hit. Really simple to make and they taste delicious. I was so sure they were going to be good that I recommended them to one of my teachers before I even made them myself!
I ran into a little bit of a problem before I even started as I ran out of panko breadcrumbs. I had them on my grocery list and the grocery store was out of them! I panicked slightly, but then I regrouped and remembered that I had bookmarked Jessica’s Homemade Panko Breadcrumbs a while ago and hadn’t tried them yet! I had a second bout of panic when I read through the instructions and realized I would need my big food processor. I have one. But the past 10 times I’ve tried to use it, I haven’t been able to get it to turn on and I always end up just putting it back in a fit of frustration. I finally dug out the owner’s manual and determined that I had been putting the bowl on backwards. Who would have guessed that the handle was supposed to be facing towards you, so it practically covers the buttons, instead of away from you. Not this girl. In any event, once I had it positioned correctly, it worked like a gem. I used a few slices of homemade bread to make some whole wheat panko!
Crisis averted. Then I got down to business making my parm balls.
I seasoned my breadcrumbs with some italian seasoning and basil and set up my breading station:
Roll, dip, roll, bake!
Serve with marinara sauce!
Visit Cake, Batter & Bowl for the original recipe!
The second appetizer we enjoyed was Betty Crocker’s Stuffed Mushrooms. My mother-in-law got us Betty Crocker’s Healthy New Choices cookbook a few years ago and this is our favorite recipe!
Betty Crocker Stuffed Mushrooms
1/2 pound ground chicken or turkey
1/4 c chopped onion
1 clove garlic, chopped
2 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
1 egg white
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 1/2 tsp gingerroot
2 tsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
mushrooms to stuff
1) Heat oven to 450 degrees.
2) Mix all ingredients except mushrooms.
3) Fill mushroom caps with meat mixture and place on cookie sheet.
4) Bake 10 minutes until tops are light brown and meat is cooked through.
They’re really easy to make, very healthy and have a nice Asian flair!
So tell me, what was the best thing you cooked for the Superbowl?
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