GAME’S ON Party pleasing recipes to enjoy beyond the game Southwest Stew Baba Ganoush Chocolate Haystacks recipes available at cancerperspectives.orgMarsha Eisen in the Cooking Studio for aNutrition Discussion and CookingDemonstration on Game Day Food
For a super bowl party, you want to have hearty, tasty foods that can be preparedin advance so that the host or hostess is not busy in the kitchen while everyoneelse is enjoying the game, entertainment, and other people’s company. Two itemsoften mentioned for football parties are soups and chili. I chose SouthwestStew, similar to a chili but all vegetarian. This is a dish that had been on the menufor inpatients here at Hackensack University Medical Center for many years.Eventually it also became one of my favorites as a lunch choice in the cafeteria. Itis a hearty blend of tomatoes, onions, carrots, mushrooms, chickpeas andspinach. For further color contrast and flavor, crumbled feta cheese is added atserving time and chips on the side provide a crunch and contrast of texture.Without the cheese, the recipe is extremely low in fat, vegan, lactose free, andgluten free; meeting the needs of people with many nutrition restrictions. Glutenfree chips can easily be found, however the chips do add fat.
Babaganoush, a favorite in Mediterranean countries and the Middle East, ismade with roasted eggplant and tahini. It requires little work; just start byroasting the eggplant in the oven until very soft. When cool, cut in half andscrape the flesh from the skin, mash well and add to the tahini and seasonings. Alower fat alternate to the usual sour cream or cheese based dips it can be servedwith crudités or wedges of pita bread.What festive day would be complete without a tasty fun dessert? ChocolateHaystacks completed the menu for super bowl party suggestions. They are easilymade by melting dark chocolate with some peanut butter and adding Fiber One®cereal, diced dried apricots and dried cranberries. High in fiber with the addedbenefit of the vitamins and minerals in the dried fruit, this delicious dessert was ahit with the crowd and a surprise to all since it was made with a high fiberbreakfast cereal.
Southwest Stew 1 can chickpeas (rinsed and drained) 1 cup water 2 cups chopped cabbage 1 cup chopped carrots ½ cup chopped onion2 jalapeño peppers, stemmed, seeded and finely chopped 4 cloves garlic, crushed ½ tsp kosher salt ¼ tsp ground black pepper 5 oz fresh spinach (remove any thick stems) 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced 15 oz can crushed tomatoes 2 ounces crumbled feta cheese tortilla chips
Southwest Stew Cont.Add water, cabbage, carrots, onions, chilies, garlic and cook about 10minutesAdd tomatoes and chickpeas and heat through. Continue to simmercovered until all the vegetables are tender and broth is slightlythickened,Add mushrooms, cooking until soft.Just before serving stir in the spinach and cook another 3-4 minutes.Serve topped with crumbled feta cheese and chips on the side.
Babaganoush Cont.Roast eggplant in a hot oven (400°) after poking a few holes in the skin with pointof knife. Bake about 45 minutes or until eggplant is very soft when touched.Meanwhile, place garlic in a small mixing bowl, add tahini and lemon juice andmix well. The tahini mixture will be smooth and almost white.When the eggplant is cool enough to handle, cut in half and scoop out the fleshand mash well with a fork. It will easily come off the skin.Add the mashed eggplant to the tahini mixture.Sprinkle with parsley and cayenne pepper.Drizzle the olive over the top (optional)Chill until serving. Serve with pita wedges, chips or cruditesYield about 2 ⅓ cups
Chocolate Haystacks12 oz dark chocolate½ cup reduced fat peanut butter3 ¾ cups Fiber One original cereal (1 pouch of 16.2 oz package)1 cup dried cranberries1 cup dried apricots (cut in small pieces)1. Line cookie sheets with waxed paper.2. Microwave chocolate and peanut butter together for one minute, stir after 30seconds.3. Continue to microwave until it is all melted and smooth, stirring every 30seconds.4. Stir in cereal and dried fruit until well coated.5. Drop mixture by rounded teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper.6. Refrigerate until chocolate is firm.