Have a “Stealthy” Healthy Superbowl Party

Let’s watch some FOOTBALL! And, eat some delicious and spicy chili, salsa, guac and chips – the perfect SUPERBOWL FOODS!

They taste so good, no one will know they’re healthy. It’s called: THE “STEALTHY” HEALTHY SUPERBOWL PARTY!

Most guys I know love to watch football – even some gals. Left to their own devices, though, the food of choice may be chips, dogs, or other junk food. Here’s a way to go on the defense and tackle those calorie-laden, beer-belly-creating, artery-clogging snacks…

PIZZA, FOOT-LONG SUBS, SAUSAGES, FRIED AND BATTERED WINGS (150 calories each!) – they’re all popular sports-watching snacks. It’s what’s easy- and people are used to them. But I’ve found that when you serve healthy, tasty alternatives, they’re just as happy – just don’t announce it to everyone! In fact, words like “healthy” or “diet” are a huge turn-off for anyone – at any age – who loves good food. “Delicious!” is much more inviting. No one will know the difference, I promise! My experience is that your football lovers (uh, fanatics) will love these “stealthy, healthy”  foods…

“Katherine’s Chili Non Carne” is an all-around favorite. Serve it with whole grain chips (yes, they’re fine this one time!), and add a few more bowls for dipping of  Nonfat Greek Yogurt: NO ONE will know it isn’t sour cream, I swear! Fill other bowls with “Katherine’s Fresh Salsa” and “Guacamole.”

Grill beef or pork tenderloin, either as a roast or cut up on skewers, grill or broil veggies such as mushrooms, peppers, potatoes, eggplant… Make them crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. They’ll taste as good as french fries – and this is coming from a french fry lover (yes, I must admit)!

What’s not to love? The Washingtonian agrees!

Katherine’s Chile Non-Carne
(excerpted from Diet Simple)

Try making this recipe a day ahead of time so the flavors and textures have a time to develop. I love this simple, quick chili recipe.  It’s meatless but you don’t miss the meat because it’s so flavorful.  You should use the amount of garlic or chili powder that appeals to you.  I like it hot and spicy! I double the recipe, using a whole pound of dried black beans,  so I have plenty for the week.  I use this dish as a lunch or dinner alongside a green salad.  I also serve it at parties as a dip next to my fresh tomato salsa, nonfat Greek yogurt, and guacamole.  It’s perfect rolled up in a tortilla or stuffed in a taco with some reduced fat cheese.  Great for informal super bowl or Halloween  parties.

Serves 4

1 Tbsp Olive or Canola Oil, or more
1 Large Onion, Chopped
3 Large Garlic Cloves, Minced (more or less)
3 Tbsp Hot Chile Powder (try 50/50 Chipotle Chile, maybe a dash of smoked paprika, called “Pimenton,” and just a pinch of cinnamon)
1 Large Fresh Green Pepper,
Chopped1 28- oz. Can Italian Plum Tomatoes, chopped, including the liquid
1 Pound Can Kidney or Black Beans, whichever is preferred
1/2 Cup Water (To Hydrate the Bulgur)
1/2 Cup Bulgur (Cracked Wheat)
2 Seeded Jalapeno Peppers, chopped, if desired
Salt and Pepper to Taste

Saute the onions and garlic in the oil over low heat in a large pot until soft, 15 or more minutes.  Add the chile powder and simmer for a few more minutes.  Add the Fresh Green Pepper and cook until al dente.  Meanwhile, soak the bulgur in the boiling water for 15 minutes.  Add all remaining ingredients including the bulgur and simmer slowly over low to medium heat until flavors are well blended and vegetables are cooked to the desired consistency … a few minutes or longer, if desired. Adjust seasonings to your preference.  Since many canned items were used, additional salt will probably not be needed.

Calories per serving 320, Total Fat 7g, Saturated Fat 1g, Carbohydrate 59g, Fiber 13g,  Protein   12g

Katherine’s Spicy Fresh Mexican Salsa with Mild Guacamole
(excerpted from Diet Simple)

Katherine’s Spicy Mexican Salsa

22 servings


1 large onion, peeled and chopped (about ½ pound)
2 lbs fresh tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped (start with about 3-1/2 lbs) (Use canned tomatoes, if good tomatoes aren’t available)
3 – 4 jalapeno peppers (1 – 2 ounces), to taste
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
½ tsp salt, or to taste
3 – 4 Tbsp fresh lime juice (1 – 2 limes)

Add the onion to the tomatoes. Finely chop 2 of the jalapeno peppers to start with. Taste. If you desire more heat, add 1 – 2 more jalapenos. Mix in the cilantro. Add the salt depending on your taste. Mix in the lime juice.

20 calories, 0 g fat, 5 g carb, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein

Katherine’s Guacamole

12 Servings


2 ripe avocados
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 Tbsp lime juice
¼ tsp salt, or to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Cut avocados in half lengthwise and pull out the pits. Scoop out the meat. Place ina medium bowl and mash, keeping some large chunks. Mix in the cilantro, lime juice and salt. Taste to adjust seasoning.

50 calories, 5 g fat, 1  sat fat, 3 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 1 g protein

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  • Jacqui

    My family loves this recipe!

    December 18, 2011
    • Thank you, Jacqui! That’s me in the picture enjoying it myself!

      December 18, 2011
  • Ann

    The chili recipe is great – it stands on its own or you can chilify it to your own standards. I added A LOT of chili pepper, extra black beans, oregano and dried basil. I also put shredded cheddar on the side in honor of the Packers! Thanks, Madge! : )

    February 8, 2011
  • Bella Roberts

    It certainly won’t taste like ‘diet fare”. Indeed it would be a contender in championship chili-cookoff.

    February 4, 2011
  • Susan

    Love this chili! It’s a quick and easy recipe and so satisfying. Share a crockpot of it with friends at a Super Bowl party (along with the chips and Katherine’s fresh salsa and guac) and you’ll be the big winner of the night!

    February 3, 2011
  • Dolores Kostelni, Sr. Restaurant Reviewer, The Roanoke Times

    Katherine’s Chili non Carne is one of my favorite recipes, both for Super Bowl and any day of the week. My main reasons for liking it are the ease of preparation–it doesn’t take hours of cooking and the zesty flavors that develop. It goes great with cheese and a dab of sour cream (low-fat, of course) served in a soup bowl over a tortilla. I like it too, because I can make a potful of Katherine’s Chili non Carne for the vegetarians who come to my events and a potful of the regular meat chili for the omnivores. But guess what? Every year that I’ve made the two Chilis, Katherine’s non Carne gets the raves and is finished first! It’s outstanding. (Besides, Katherine provided me with this great recipe for my last cookbook, “The Potluck Cookbook” and I frequently receive comments about her delicious, different recipe.)

    February 3, 2011
  • Daniela

    Simple and delicious recipe! This chili is bursting with flavor from the onions, peppers, and spices and I really enjoy how hearty and filling it is with the beans and bulgur. Perfect snack with tortilla chips and a dab of nonfat greek yogurt.

    February 3, 2011
  • Barbara Johnson

    Who needs the Super Bowl for an excuse–a quick, nutritious, and delicious meal for any cold night. Thanks, Katherine

    February 3, 2011
  • Nina

    I tried Katherine’s chili last night and was so surprised to find out that the “meat” was actually bulgar. It was so yummy – simple ingredients, nice and spicy, and thick just like a good chili should be! A great serve yourself dish for the Super Bowl! — Go Steelers!!

    February 3, 2011
  • Tan

    Love this recipe! Delicious!

    February 3, 2011
  • THIS COMMENT IS FROM TOM A.: “Ks chile taste like real chili u dont realize that its missing the meat and its a real zing for the taste buds and goes well with a super cold beer.”

    February 3, 2011

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