Super Bowl Entertaining

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We have your Big Game Menu plan covered. Personal Chef and Nutrition Consultant, Kirsten Helle shows us how to have a healthy and delicious Super Bowl Party!

Heart Healthy No-Chop Chili **

1 lb lean diced chicken/turkey/beef sirloin

1 jar Latin healthy cooking sauce (we’re using Mesa de Vida Smoky Latin cooking sauce for this recipe. Use one that is low in sodium.)

28 oz canned crushed tomatoes

2 cans rinsed and drained beans (pinto, black beans, kidney, etc.)

1 cup frozen corn

Salt and hot sauce to taste

Fresh cilantro, chopped cabbage, fresh salsa and lime to taste for topping

Place everything (except the toppings) into the slow cooker. If using ground meat, brown first then add to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 6-8 hours then serve with assorted toppings of your choice. Enjoy!

Pulled pork/chicken sliders or taco bar **

1 1/2 - 2 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs or pork loin roast

1 jar Latin inspired healthy cooking sauce (we’re using Mesa de Vida Smoky Latin cooking sauce for this recipe. Use one that is low in sodium. You can substitute 1/2 cup low-sodium broth and your favorite low-sodium seasoning blend plus 1 chopped onion and some chopped garlic if you wish)

1/2 cup low-sodium barbecue sauce

Whole grain buns or soft corn tortillas for serving

Assorted toppings for servings such as shredded cabbage and carrots, pico de gallo and guacamole

Place the chicken/pork into the slow cooker along with the cooking sauce. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Shred and mix in the barbecue sauce. Serve on buns for pulled pork style sandwiches, or skip the barbecue sauce and serve with pico de gallo and guacamole for a fun taco bar!

Loaded Quesadillas **- You can use just a little cheese and meat and bump up the nutrition with lots of veggies in these simple quesadillas!

1-2 cups Shredded pork or chicken from the Pulled pork/chicken recipe

1 cup strong crumbled or shredded cheese such as cotija and/or Monterey Jack, sharp cheddar such as Beechers cheese – better yet a combination of all of them!

Sauteed sliced bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, butternut squash, any veggies you like

Whole wheat tortillas

Combine the shredded meat with the cheese and sauteed veggies. (Can be done ahead of time.) Spread a bit of this mixture along 1/2 of a tortilla, fold over. Cook until golden brown and crispy on both sides and the cheese is melted.

For quick and healthy snacks pick up nuts and pre-chopped veggies at the store, yogurt dips, low-sodium spreads and hummus.

Pick up some chocolate dipped strawberries at the store and let the kids decorate them with a little bit of melted white chocolate to make them look like laces on a football.

- Recipes via Chef Kirsten Helle, MesadeVida.com