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Lighten up with Healthy Recipes for the Big Game!

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big gameSoon, Americans will gather together to watch our version of the Roman Gladiators. The big game is this Sunday night! Two teams will enter the dome in Houston but only one will reign victorious. While we watch these titans of tackle on our televisions, Americans will be competing in a super challenge all our own; consuming vast amounts of super delicious, but super heavy foods. The big game is one of the biggest calorie fests for most Americans. The U.S. Calorie Control Council estimates that we consume 11 million pounds of potato chips, just during the game!

But it’s not so hard to lighten up! We found recipes that tackle your taste buds with flavor but are also made from healthy, real foods. Indulge without wasting your waistline.




Healthy Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Skins


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Ingredients:


3 medium sweet potatoes
3/4 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast
1/4 cups olive oil
2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
3 chipotle peppers, minced
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. chili powder
Salt and pepper
2 cups spinach
5 oz. sharp white cheddar cheese, grated
Chopped cilantro, for garnish
Greek yogurt, for serving

Directions:


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Wash your sweet potatoes and prick them all over with a fork. Place in the oven and bake for 50-60 minutes or until fork tender. When the sweet potatoes are done, cut in half and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes.

Place your chicken in a baking dish and rub with a tablespoon of olive oil, salt, and pepper. Place in the oven with the potatoes and bake for 25 minutes. Allow to cool and shred the chicken with a fork or your hands. In a medium size bowl, combine the olive oil, lime juice, garlic, chipotle peppers, oregano, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Set aside.

Heat a small skillet over medium heat and wilt the spinach. Toss the spinach and shredded chicken together, set aside and keep warm. Turn the oven up to 400 degrees. Scrape the sweet potato out of the peel, leaving a medium-size layer of flesh inside with the peel so that it can stand up on its own and place in a baking dish. Brush the skins with a little of the chipotle sauce and bake for 5-10 minutes until crisp.

While the skins bake, mix the spinach, chicken and chipotle sauce together. Remove skins from the oven and stuff with the chicken mixture, top with shredded cheese and bake for 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the skins are hot and crisp. Serve with fresh chopped cilantro and Greek yogurt if desired.




Cauliflower Pizza Bites


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Ingredients:


4 cups grated cauliflower
3 eggs
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

Topping Suggestions:


Meat (about 4 oz.): Farmview sausage or bacon
Veggies: bell peppers, onion, olives, artichokes, spinach, etc.

Directions:


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine grated cauliflower, eggs, oil, and seasonings in a large bowl. Add in your desired fillings.

Fill the muffin tin by packing the filling into them. Be sure to press down to help them form.Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the tops are golden brown. Serve with your favorite marinara sauce.




Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings


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Ingredients:


1 pound chicken wings
1 + 1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
3 tbsp. virgin coconut oil
3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. cayenne
1/2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder

Directions:


Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Wash and pat dry each chicken wing. Dust evenly with 1/2 teaspoon of the sea salt plus the ground pepper. Bake at 400 degrees for approximately one hour, or until golden brown and the skin is hardened when you touch it.

While the chicken is baking, make the buffalo sauce in a small saucepan

over the stove. Whisk together the coconut oil, vinegar, lemon juice, cayenne, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder and remaining 1 teaspoon of sea salt. Let it simmer for 5 minutes then remove from heat. Whisk again just before using.

When the chicken comes out of the oven, let them rest for 5 minutes then place in a large bowl and pour the buffalo sauce over. Stir and combine until each wing is evenly coated. Serve alongside celery sticks and homemade ranch.

You can also stop into Farmview Market for great deals in our Butcher shop. Pick up party favorites like chicken wings for $2.99 per pound or ground chuck for $4.99 per pound. You can also pick up 8-pack brats for $9.99. Did you know we already have game time covered with our pre-made meals? Pick up a few and party like a champion at your celebration! There are a lot more deals to celebrate the big game, so hurry in!