Monday, February 7, 2011

My Healthy Vegetarian Super Bowl Snacks

I am a huge football fan and I love the Pittsburgh Steelers.  No, I am not from Pittsburgh but my husband is and I love the city, I was even married there.  I am from Houston and when I met my husband, Bud Adams had just moved the Oilers to Tennessee and Houstonians were NOT HAPPY.  So I was a woman without a team, vulnerable and in love when Marc swooped in and I crossed to the other side.  My mom was upset, since she hated the Steelers from the 70's with the big rivalry between them and the Oilers.  But she forgave me and is now okay with my love for the Black and Gold.

Yesterday my BFF and I had our own SB party.  My husband is traveling for work, so we decided to have a healthy vegetarian party just the two of us.  I didn't want to go anywhere because I wanted to watch the game, this is serious stuff!

Here is what we had:
Instead of fried tortilla chips and fatty cheese dips, we have baby carrots, snap peas and mini heirloom tomatoes with a spicy hummus!

Instead of greasy potato chips, we had baked, sea salted Kale!

Instead of fried french fries, we had amazing baked sweet potato fries!

Instead of buffalo wings or chicken fingers (no disgusting adjectiveneeded) we had my Spicy Tempeh Fingers! 

For those unaware of tempeh, it is a "traditional soy product originally from Indonesia. It is made by a natural culturing and controlled fermentation process that binds soybeans into a cake form, similar to a very firm vegetarian burger patty".  It is NOT pretty, but it is yummy!

To make my Spicy Tempeh Fingers you slice tempeh into 1/4 inch fingers.  Spray both sides of the fingers lightly with olive oil spray and sprinkle them with a creole seasoning (I use Tony Chachere's).  Then pan fry the fingers and after one side is browned, flip them over and after a few minutes lightly sprinkle low fat cheese to finish.  Again, they aren't pretty and my photo is blurry but give it a try!
Unfortunately the Steelers were not victorious, but our healthy Super Bowl meal was!

1 comment:

  1. Kind of an oxymoron but cool. All I wanted were hot wings but I couldn't get off the couch...