I know the playoffs are over today but for the SuperBowl, hockey games, NASCAR etc get togethers, I sometimes make sandwiches with low calorie bread & lots of veggies a la Subway/Togos/Blimpies/Quiznos - tomato slices, lettuce, spinach or kale, rings of bell peppers, pickles/cucumbers, and low faw turkey deli meats or lean roast beef. Serve with a couple different mustard choices and some horseradish - try the red version iwth beet juice as its slightly sweeter. Serve up the sammies with mugs of veggie soup.
Deviled eggs are always a winner and hard boiled eggs are good for you, too.
Other ideas - seafood chowder with potatoes, plain soy milk, lots of thyme and bay leaves, and various types of seafood - crab, pieces of salmon, whatever you have on hand. If you like cioppino, you can do the same thing with a seafood broth instead.
Try chili using ground turkey meat; chopped celery and onions; two or three types of beans (navy/white Northern, pink or red kidney, pinto), canned tomatoes, cumin, pepper, and a pinch of cinnamon. Serve with low fat shredded cheese over the top.
Make a box of Jiffy cornbread and add 1 small can of crushed pineapple with juice. Cook in a sandwich grill or use smaller muffin tins to limit the size. Perfect with the chili and easier to count than crackers. If using a larger box of cornbread mix or another brand, you might want to use a large can of the fruit.
Freeze leftover chili - the next time, blend slightly into a paste or sauce and serve over low fat turkey hotdogs on low cal buns either for another party or dinner one night with the family.
Weather permitting - shish kabobs with shrimp, chicken, fish alternated with red onion, bell pepper chunks, pineapple, and various sauces & dips. I put outeach item on dishes over a bed of ice and let guests create their own with the wooden skewers soaking in liquid nearby. (Hint - it doesn't have to be soaked in pure water - pineapple juice adds a nice flavor and won't complete with any of these or try apple cider or even OJ.)
Cook a batch of quinoa rather than brown rice and allow everyone to help themselves. To limit portions, WW sells ladles that are pre-measured or simply measue how much yours holds ahead of time and no one will know you are portioning your food quantities.
For dessert, any cake mix can be made lower cal by substituting a can of diet soda or using unsweetened applesauce in place of the oil. Try cherry cola in a chocolate cake mix, or lemon lime in a white or yellow cake mix. You can spread the cake onto a jelly roll pan to bake, then cut into flat squares, and sprinkle with powdered sugar instead of frosting. If you do want to frost, make icing with the powdered sugar and some fruit juice - cranberry, lemon, or OJ then drizzle rather than putting a thick coating on each piece.
Don't forget, diet Jello alternated with low calorie Cool Whip in pretty parfait dishes (or small, disposable plastic glasses) and topped with a couple pieces of fruit or chopped nuts, looks great and can be served up in the favorite teams colors.
| Pounds lost: 20.0