Lisa Thornbury: Party Mummy


Skinny-Bowl Superbowl Chili

Party Fare For The Fairest of the Sexes

Though football tends to attract more male than female fans, Super Bowl parties draw a fairly even mix of the sexes—some come for the game, some for the social aspect and the half-time show. Either way, the food table should really be bi-gender, don’t you think?

Not that women don’t enjoy a greasy sausage in a bun or chips straight from the bag (Hello Friday night at my house), but we ladies appreciate party fare with a little pizzazz and some healthy-ish options. Veggies and dip, thai wraps, hummus with baked pita chips, and something cute like football-shaped deviled eggs.

But what about traditional football fare? It’s really not a Super Bowl party without super (big) bowls of chili.

Fitness expert Dara Duff-Bergeron suggests “Skinny Chili made with canned baked beans and beef broth to add richness with fewer calories. Dara tops hers with a scoop of plain yogurt instead of sour cream, for creaminess without the fat. This would be perfect for Super Bowl, or Any Given Sunday really…

Here’s Dara’s Skinny Chili Recipe

Yields 6 servings.

1 lb ground turkey
2 cloves garlic
1 medium onion
1 bell pepper
1-2 carrots
2-3 stalks celery
1/2 zucchini
1/2 cup frozen corn kernels
2 tsp olive oil
1 can low-sodium beef broth
1 can lentils, rinsed
1 can baked beans
1 can whole tomatoes, crushed/roughly chopped
1 can tomato paste
3 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp paprika
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp cayenne or more to taste
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 dried bay leaves
1/2 cup fresh parsley, minced
salt & pepper to taste
yogurt to garnish (optional)

1. Heat oil and brown turkey in large pot over medium-high heat.
2. Add garlic, onion and spices and saute 2-3 minutes.
3. Roughly chop and add remaining vegetables (except parsley), legumes and liquids and mix well.
4. Simmer on low 1-2 hours until desired consistency is reached.
5. Add parsley before serving and garnish with a dollop of yogurt.

Happy Super Bowl everyone! Go Seahawks! (kidding)