5 Healthy Appetizers for the Big Game {Roundup}

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 5 Healthy Appetizers for the Big Game

The big game calls for game day food, but what do you do if you’re trying to eat healthier these days? Snacking doesn’t have to be unhealthy and it’s actually quite simple to fill your game day table with healthy appetizers that taste great. If you need some help coming up with healthy appetizers, these 5 recipes are sure to get you off to a great start.

  • Hummus is a great game day food that’s packed with protein. It’s very versatile because you can serve it with chips, vegetables, baguettes, or just about anything you’d like. This Hummus without Tahini is sure to be a game day win.
  • Show off your homemade skills for the big game with this delicious spread. Avocado and Edamame Spread is perfect for dipping pita chips or vegetables. This healthy spread will have your guests coming back for seconds.
  • Spice up your healthy appetizer table with this Pick Your Heat Salsa. This recipe is customizable so you can serve it up as hot or as mild as you and your guests like.
  • If you’re looking for a simple and affordable snack to leave out in bulk, Roasted Chickpeas are a great snacking option. A whole batch only costs about $1.00 to make and they take so little time to make that you’ll want to cook up a whole bunch.
  • Having Homemade Guacamole around during your big game party is a super idea. It can be served as a dip for chips, but it can also be used to top burgers, tacos, chicken, and more.

We hope you have enjoyed these 5 healthy appetizers and we hope these recipes will help enhance your game day table. If you loved these recipe ideas, check out our other appetizer recipes for more inspiration. You can find more healthy appetizers by joining in on the conversation in our Google+ Community where our members share new recipes every day. Enjoy the game!

Sweet & Sour Chicken {Low Sodium Recipe}

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Sweet & Sour Chicken {Low Sodium Recipe}

If you are following a low-sodium diet for health reasons, Chinese Cuisine probably doesn’t make it to your table very often because most Oriental dishes are loaded with sodium. This lower sodium Sweet & Sour Chicken recipe will satisfy your cravings without ditching your diet. The batter on the chicken is amazing and the sauce is a sweet and sour flavor burst. Add in the fact that you have vegetables, some light carbs, and fruit, and this could quite possibly be the perfect family meal!

Breaded Chicken for Sweet & Sour Chicken
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Oriental
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs chicken tenders cut into cubes
  • ½ cup bread flour
  • ½ cup corn starch
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp Mrs. Dash Garlic & Herb seasoning
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup olive oil
Instructions
  1. Cut chicken into cubes and set aside.
  2. Mix flour, corn starch, and spices in a mixing bowl, then add the water and stir to batter consistency.
  3. Put chicken cubes in the bowl and thoroughly cover with batter.
  4. Heat oil in a large pan on the stovetop.
  5. Fry chicken until cooked thoroughly, turning occasionally. Juices will be clear and chicken coating will be golden brown.
  6. Set aside on a paper towel lined plate.

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Sweet & Sour Sauce
 
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Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: Oriental
Ingredients
  • ½ cup low sodium ketchup
  • 1 tsp low sodium soy sauce
  • ⅓ cup white vinegar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup pineapple juice
  • 2 tbsp corn starch
Instructions
  1. Mix the corn starch and pineapple juice until fully blended in a sauce pan.
  2. Add in all of the other ingredients and stir thoroughly.
  3. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring regularly, then reduce heat, and simmer until sauce thickens. About 10-15 minutes.

While your chicken and sauce are cooking, cut up some fresh bell peppers and some pineapple and simmer them in about 1 tablespoon of olive oil, just until tender, and prepare some instant rice. When everything is done, you have a complete, delicious, lower sodium meal your family will love.

We hope you enjoyed this lower sodium recipe and that you’ll be adding this Sweet & Sour Chicken recipe into your family meal plan. If you loved this recipe, check out the other recipes in our Low Sodium section for more meal inspiration. Before you leave to cook this delicious dish, sign up for our newsletter. Just by entering your email address, we’ll deliver a healthy recipe per day right to your inbox. Enjoy!

5 Healthier Dinner Options {Recipe Roundup}

What’s for dinner? If you’re aiming for healthier alternatives to your favorite traditional recipes, we’ve definitely got some healthier dinner options for you to try! These 5 unique, delicious, and healthier dinner options are sure to become new family favorites.

  • Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe
    If you're looking for a healthy and gluten-free alternative to tradition pizzas, this Cauliflower Pizza recipe is a delicious option for you.
  • Zucchini Shepherd's Pie
    Skip the carbs with this lighter version of a traditional Irish dish. You're going to love this Zucchini Shepherd's Pie!
  • Paleo Sweet Potato Chili
    If you're trying to follow a Paleo diet, but you're really craving a good bowl of chili, try this recipe for Paleo Sweet Potato Chili. It's amazingly delicious!
  • Eggplant Pepperoni Pizza
    This Eggplant Pepperoni Pizza recipe is a genius idea and the perfect alternative for those on a gluten-free diet craving their favorite Friday night food!
  • Beets, Onions, Cherries, and Venison on Sauteed Kale
    If something a little more unique, full of health properties, and extremely tasty is what you're looking for, try this recipe for Beets, Onions, Cherries, and Venison over Sauteed Kale!

We’re sure you’ll agree that all 5 of these recipes look and sound amazing. We hope you try them all! If you loved these 5 healthier dinner options, be sure to find more like them in our Recipe Index. If you need more dinner inspiration, like us on Facebook, follow along on Twitter, and find us on Pinterest!

Mushroom Garlic Naan Bread

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Mushroom Garlic Naan Bread

Tired of the same old pizza for dinner? Create a pizza using Naan Bread instead. Naan Bread is perfect for creating personal-sized pizzas which are great for picky eaters and families with different tastes in pizza toppings. Naan Bread comes in three different varieties: original, garlic, and whole grain. If you’re trying to keep it healthy, you’ll want to choose the whole grain variety….

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4 Healthy Side Dishes {Recipe Roundup}

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4 Healthy Side Dishes

In our quest for healthy eating in 2015, we’ve been searching for healthy recipes to fill up our family meal plan. Sure, the main protein in your meal is important, but what about healthy side dishes? What you pair with your meat is just as important as the meat itself. Whether you’re planning on cooking beef, chicken, pork, or fish, these 4 healthy side dishes will help make your delicious family meal complete.

  • This Baked Parmesan Zucchini recipe from Jennifer at Jen’s Journey delivers crisp and delicious zucchini sticks with just the right amount of flavor thanks to the Parmesan cheese. These would also be great on your game day appetizer table.
  • If you’re looking to add color, fruits, and vegetables to the table, you should really try this Apple and Carrot Slaw Salad from Censie at Building Our Story. This would pair especially well with fish or chicken.
  • These Green Bean French Fries from “Meet Kristy” aren’t actually fried and taste even better than your typical potato. They can replace greasy appetizers and side dishes. This healthy side dish echoes pub-grub, but is lower in fat, calories, and cholesterol.
  • Love macaroni and cheese, but you can’t eat it because of the gluten? Try this Mockafoni and Cheese recipe from Diana Rambles instead. This healthy side dish is so hearty, you can actually serve it as the main course.

We hope you enjoy these 4 healthy side dishes. If you’re looking for more side dish ideas for your next family meal, visit our Side Dishes section for inspiration. For daily recipe ideas, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and find us on Pinterest. Enjoy!

5 Healthier Dessert Recipes {Roundup}

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5 Healthier Dessert Recipes

Everyone loves a good, sweet dessert, but the things we love aren’t always good for us or our waistlines. Start your new year off right by only serving healthier desserts that will appease your sweet tooth while being kinder to your waist. Desserts don’t have to be full of sugar to taste delicious. Once you try these 5 healthier dessert recipes, we’re sure you’ll agree!

  • This easy Homemade Chocolate Granola from Erin at Strawberry Mommycakes is delicious by itself and perfect for yogurt parfaits.
  • Your children will love these Copycat Annie’s Fruit Snacks from Vanessa at Tried and True. They’re just as good as the originals, easy to make, and a lot more economical.
  • Healthier cupcakes? These Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes with Avocado Buttercream Frosting from Mary Beth at Cupcakes and Crinoline are incredibly tasty and this is just one more way to temp your family into eating a fruit that’s very good for them.
  • This Honey Granola Yogurt Parfait from Kristen at Frugal Antics is a tasty treat. The nice part about this recipe is that it’s healthy enough that you can serve it for breakfast and sweet enough that you can serve it as a dessert after your family dinner.
  • Amy from the Savvy Saving Couple shares a delicious healthier dessert recipe with this 3 1/2 Minutes Baked Apple and Raisins. This is the perfect dessert to prepare if you’re crunched for time since it’s such a quick and delicious one!

We hope you enjoy these 5 healthier dessert recipes and that you’re making the most of the new year. If you loved these recipe ideas, stop by our Desserts section for even more like them. Before you leave, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter. Just by entering your email address, we’ll deliver a delicious recipe per day right to your inbox. Enjoy!

  • Green Tea with Lemon and Mint

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    Green Tea with Lemon and Mint

    Looking for a drink to help jump start your weight loss journey? Something that can boost your metabolism and is good for you, but also tastes great? Green Tea is said to contain catechin which has been shown to activate certain detoxification enzymes. Just one cup of green tea will use up to 90% of the catechin in your body. That is one whopping healthy cup of green tea….

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    5 Healthy Salads {Recipe Roundup}

    Healthy salads are a delicious addition to any family meal and a great way to include additional fruits and vegetables into your family’s diet. Don’t serve another boring salad! Enjoy one these 5 Healthy Salads instead.

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      This Caribbean Cobb Salad is a step above your tradition salad. This salad does have chicken, bacon, tomato, and avocado which are important elements of a Cobb salad, but then it takes it to another level with fresh mango, bell peppers, and scallions. Cover this in a homemade Spicy Pineapple Vinaigrette for a healthy and flavorful meal.
    • Kale and Almond Salad with Lemon and Parmesan
      Kale is a great source of calcium, potassium, iron, and vitamins A, C, and K. This Kale and Lemon Salad with Lemon and Parmesan is a great way to get your family to eat this healthy vegetable.
    • Mediterranean Orzo Salad
      This Mediterranean Orzo Salad is flavorful and very versatile. Made with feta cheese and fresh, crisp vegetables, it pairs well with so many main dishes.
    • Jerk Chicken Mango Salad
      Salads are a great way to get more vegetables into your family's diet, but they tend to get boring. This Jerk Chicken Mango Salad is anything but boring. It’s spicy, sweet, healthy, and very satisfying.
    • Colorful Pasta Salad
      This Colorful Pasta Salad is packed with vegetables, it's super simple to make, and it looks beautiful on the table. This would be a great salad to take to your next family gathering.

    All 5 of these healthy salads are delicious, nutritious, and super simple to make. They’re perfect for lunch, dinner, or your next family gathering. Enjoy!

    4 Healthy Meatless Meals {Recipe Roundup}

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     4 Healthy Meatless Meals

    If you’re starting your new year on a vegetarian diet, or just looking for some delicious meatless meals to add into your weekly family meal rotation, these 4 healthy meatless meals are just what you’re looking for. Packed with flavor and vegetables, these four dishes will leave you feeling satisfied. These all look so delicious, we’re sure you’ll want to try them all!

    • This Sweet Potato Black Bean Casserole from Kim at Hungry Healthy Girl is a family-friendly Mexican inspired meal that’s as tasty as it is healthy. This meatless recipe is gluten-free, packed with protein, and is a quick and easy dinner ideas that we’re sure you will love.
    • Stephanie from Mammamoiselle shares her simple recipe for a delicious Zucchini, Arugula, and Feta Flatbread. This dish is perfect for lunch, dinner, or even as a big game day appetizer.
    • Vegetable Lo Mien is one of the simplest dishes in Chinese cuisine. This Vegetable Lo Mien recipe from Mooshu Jenne shows you just how customizable this dish really is.
    • If you’re looking for something meatless, comforting, and full of flavor, you’ll definitely want to try this easy recipe for Peanut Noodles with Broccoli from Amy at Generations of Savings. She even shares a gluten-free option for this meal.

    Although you could add meat to any of these recipes, we’re not even sure why you’d want to since they are all so robust and flavorful without it.  All four of these meatless meals offer full servings of vegetables that you need in your daily diet and the flavor combinations are amazing. If you love these healthy recipe ideas, be sure to visit our Recipe Index because we have a lot of healthy meals for you to enjoy. For daily recipe updates, like us on Facebook and follow along on Twitter. Bon appetit!

    Shredded BBQ Brisket {Homemade Low Sodium BBQ Sauce}

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    Shredded BBQ Brisket with Homemade Low Sodium BBQ Sauce

    A few days ago, we shared with you a recipe for a Tender Crock Pot Brisket. If you made that recipe or any other roast for that matter, you likely have leftover beef. Although that leftover brisket is great on sandwiches as is, it’s even better if you completely kick up the flavor with a homemade low sodium BBQ sauce and turn it into a delicious meal with this Shredded BBQ Brisket recipe. This shredded BBQ brisket is great by itself, on sandwiches, and it’s even delicious on a piping hot baked potato. Since the meat is already cooked, it’s super simple to whip up a batch of low sodium BBQ sauce and serve this meal up in a snap.

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    The secret’s in the sauce! You can have a great cut of beef, but if the sauce isn’t the perfect mix of sweet and tangy, the meal just isn’t as delicious as it can and should be. Once you try this low sodium BBQ sauce, you’ll never want to use any other again.

    Homemade Low Sodium BBQ Sauce
     
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    Ingredients
    • 2 tbsp no salt butter
    • 1 cup lower sodium ketchup
    • ½ cup beer (You can use non-alcoholic beer as well. This helps to break down the acids in the ketchup.)
    • ½ cup honey
    • ½ cup finely chopped onion
    • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
    • ¼ cup low sodium Worcestershire sauce
    • 3 garlic cloves minced
    • 1 finely chopped small red sweet pepper
    • 1 tbsp lower sodium steak sauce
    Instructions
    1. Place the butter in a large, deep frying pan and melt.
    2. Add the minced garlic, sweet pepper, and onion to the pan. Fry in the butter until tender.
    3. Pour in all of the wet ingredients and stir thoroughly.
    4. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat, and simmer for about 15-20 minutes.

    While your sauce is simmering, pull out your leftover brisket or roast, shred the meat, and place it in a deep frying pan on the stove top. Pour the desired amount of homemade low sodium BBQ sauce into your meat and simmer on low to medium heat for 30 minutes to an hour. The longer the meat simmers in the sauce, the more the beef absorbs the flavors of the sauce. This sauce is not only great for shredded beef, it pairs beautifully with chicken and pork as well.

    We hope that you’ll enjoy this homemade low sodium BBQ sauce with all of your recipes that require BBQ sauce. If you love this recipe, head over to our Low Sodium Recipe Index for many more ideas for lowering the sodium count in your diet. To get more recipe inspiration, like us on Facebook and follow our boards on Pinterest. Enjoy!