Super Bowl is around the corner and the menu is the most important piece. My family loves these Spicy Shrimp Tacos, which are big on flavor without being as big on calories as a lot of Super Bowl fare. Fortunately, there’s some easy ways to enjoy the big game without missing out on all the foods you love.
As you draft your Super Bowl menu, keep these three things in mind to keep the calorie count of your favorites down:
Ditch the Cream
No matter how you elegant the party, a reliable crowd-pleaser is a great appetizer dipped in a rich, creamy sauce. Even at the simplest of parties, sour cream and ranch dressings are fan favorites surrounding the television on that Sunday evening, but they also pack the highest caloric punch. Instead, opt for salsas and simple olive oil and flavored vinegar combinations to flavor your meal.
But how, oh how, do you give up all of that creamy lusciousness on these special occasions. If you really must have that creamy flavor, give Greek yogurt a try. Greek yogurt keeps that creamy flavor without the fat and extra protein. This topping supports your eating lifestyle instead of harming it.
Skip the Breading
Another favorite at the Super Bowl are deep fried chicken wings. These delectable finger foods have a crispy skin from the buttermilk dredged coating of flour or bread crumbs. In all actually, you could probably eat the skin by itself. However, we’re on a roll for this Super Bowl party, so take this opportunity to skip it and all things bread for the sake of your tummy line.
Use the Oven
Many Super Bowl dishes use the stove top, from a pan to a deep fry. Since it’s the Super Bowl, and you’re often surrounded by men who could care less about keeping their selves svelte on this occasion, fried keeps everyone happy. This year, this of yourself and your goals. You’ve made real serious progress and don’t let anyone sway you. So, although it’s tempting to deep-fry everything at this indulgent occasion, try a baking recipe that will satisfy your taste buds.
Comfort food doesn’t have to be calorie-laden! Simple and delicious substitute for the traditional hot chicken wings and chips for your Super Bowl party!
- For tacos:
- 1 1/2 teaspoon of Himalyan sea salt
- 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon of paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
- 2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Greek yogurt
- For slaw:
- 1 cup shredded red cabbage (2 ounces)
- 1 cup shredded carrots (about 2 medium carrots)
- Juice and zest of 1 lime
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- For slaw:
- Combine cabbage, carrots, lime juice and zest, honey and 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper in a medium bowl; toss well. Chill until ready to use.
- For tacos:
- Preheat your pan with oil over high heat.
- Mix together the rest of the dried ingredients.
- Toss the shrimp together with the spice blend.
- Cook until cooked through, about 2 minutes a side.
- To serve, heat the tortillas in a dry frying pan and wrap them in a tea towel to keep warm. Liberally spread the Greek yogurt on each tortilla. Pile a few shrimp on top of each tortilla. Top with slaw or eat as a side dish. Enjoy!