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January 28, 2014

Slim Down on Super Bowl Sunday

The Hood Answer Mom, Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D.

Super Bowl Sunday is second only to Thanksgiving for the average amount of calories consumed in a single day in the United States! While the typical Super Bowl menu can bust your calorie budget well before the game starts, these delicious recipes trim calories and fat without sacrificing taste.

Enjoy the football festivities, even if your favorite team isn't playing in the big game!

Roasted Tomato Crostini
Makes 6 servings

"Crostini " means little toast. 


1 large baguette, sliced on the diagonal into 18 to 24 1-inch pieces
olive oil

Roasted Tomatoes:

2 pints grape tomatoes
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups Hood Low Fat Cottage Cheese  
1 tsp dried basil
1 Tbsp Hood Milk

Preheat oven to 375˚F. To make crostini, place slices of bread on a baking sheet in a single layer. Brush each piece with olive oil, then turn over and brush the other side with olive oil. Bake until golden brown and crunchy. Set aside.

Turn oven down to 350˚F. Place tomatoes in a medium bowl. Add olive oil and salt and toss until tomatoes are thoroughly coated. Transfer tomatoes to baking sheet. Roast tomatoes until soft and skins have burst, about 50 to 60 minutes. 

Add cottage cheese, basil, and milk to a food processor. Blend until mixture is smooth, about 30 seconds.

To serve, divide the cottage cheese mixture evenly among the crostini and top with equal amounts of roasted tomatoes.

Slimmer Guacamole
Makes about 2 cups

Serve with baked snack chips or toasted whole wheat pita bread that's been cut into wedges.

2 ripe avocados
3/4 cup Hood Low Fat Cottage Cheese
1/4 cup lime juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 to 1 tsp jalapeno pepper, minced (optional)

Place all ingredients in a food processor. Process until smooth, about 45 seconds to 1 minute.  Serve immediately or refrigerate.

Chocolate Raspberry Mini Tarts
Makes 14

These "tartlets" are bite-size and satisfying.

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup Hood Low Fat Cottage Cheese
14 mini phyllo cups
14 fresh raspberries

Place the cottage cheese in a food processor. Melt the chocolate chips, and cool for about 30 seconds, stirring the entire time. Add the melted chocolate chips to the food processor and process the cottage cheese and chocolate until smooth, about 1 minute.

Fill phyllo cups with an equal amount of the chocolate mixture, about 1 tablespoon each. Garnish each mini tart with a raspberry.




Elizabeth M. Ward

Elizabeth M. Ward

Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D., is a writer, nutrition consultant, and mother of three. She is the author of several books, including MyPlate for Moms, How to Feed Yourself & Your Family Better and Expect the Best, Your Guide to Healthy Eating Before, During, & After Pregnancy . Ward is also a contributing writer for Muscle & Fitness Hers and Men's Fitness magazines.

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